Silver State 508 Totems

We don't use numbers to identify racers in the Silver State 508. How boring! How impersonal! Silver State 508 uses animal totems to identify riders. Several 508 racers entered the race primarily to receive their totem. On more than one occasion, the race director was offered the full entry fee just to assign someone a totem, but without the intention of starting the race. (Such requests are turned down. You have to start the race to make the totem permanent! In fact, effective retroactively in 2009, totems are NOT permanent unless the racer finishes.)

Each racer may request, or will receive, an animal totem as part of the application process. Be sure to memorize your totem; this is how you and your crew will identify yourselves to time stations and race officials. Team or rider totem must be visible and easily legible (in words, not only pictures) on all four sides of the support vehicle. Lettering must be 6 inches high. Do not block windows. Solo signage should not use the word "TEAM." Signage for 2x teams must state "2X" and signage for 4X teams must state "4X." You may order custom totem signs from Banners and Signs Graphx (Use this Pdf form to order) for pick-up at the race.

Returning racers will have the same totems as before. New riders may request a specific animal totem when they submit their entry form, however only Chris Kostman can officially assign animal totems, following a special ritual ablution and spiritual practice. Totems, whether nickname, mascot, alter ego, second identity, or spirit guide, are permanent and non-transferable.

To request a totem, be sure to study the "taken totems" list (below) and the current roster to see what is already taken. If you need some help thinking of a totem, consider these useful websites:

Animal pictures archive

List of adjectives and animals

To see an online list of Every Totem Ever Assigned, check out our handy-dandy Online Totem Database. This also includes all results and bio info for each entrant throughout the history of the race!

Guidelines for Requesting Totems