Date of Race: 20 May 2017
Date of Report: 17 Jan 2018
TL;DR – Overworked, overwhelmed, spread thin, depression, reinvention, failure, reinvention again.
If you’re thinking about the Silver State 50/50 – do it.
I had heard a lot of positive things about the Silver State 5050, and following a lovely experience in Reno with Liz and the girls for the Rena’s run marathon (link), I decided another weekend across the border in ‘The Biggest Little City’ was in order.
This time I was going to go alone and save money on hotels by going full-on van life….in my 2 door, 1998 Honda Accord.
After seeing a wicked cool post on Reddit about a Toyota conversion, I got the idea into my head I could do the same with my dear Norma.
One Amazon mattress topper later, a quick trip to home depot, and an afternoon of work and I had a functional mobile bed.
It was time to get on the road!
I got in to Reno late in the evening, found a quiet road to pull over on, laid out my bed and went down for the count. A few restful hours later and I shoved the pad and my sleeping bag back into the trunk and made my way to the start.
Race day pickup was smooth well organized. Ample parking, porta-potties, COFFEE and COFFEE AT BIB PICKUP, WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE!
I laced up, pinned up, and took in the final instructions and words of encouragement from the RD.
By the end of the first mile we were on single track, rolling our way up into the mountains outside the city.
A strong mix of single track and fire roads provide plenty of opportunity to cut loose, wander the wilderness, chat with old friends, or make new ones.
High open exposures, big views, casual stretches through the woods, water crossings, wildlife – this race has it all. the Spring of 2017 was especially rough with a lot of washout from all the rain and snow fall that year. It certainly made for technical trails in some places.
The finish line feast is well stocked with amazing options. Hang out and enjoy the post race buzz.
Free photographs courtesy Let’s Wander Photography.
Here it is in video format!
Thanks to the Silver State Striders, the volunteers, and sponsors
of this wonderful event. I look forward to running it again one day.
See you on the trail ahead.
-The Winged Ling