Silver State Marathon aging well |

Silver State Marathon aging well

A field of more than 700 runners is expected for one of the area’s oldest and largest running festivals – the 29th running of the Silver State Marathon on Aug. 21 at Bowers Mansion near Carson City.

“It’s one of the great traditions in our local running community,” said race director Lon Monroe. “Runners at Silver State have grown to expect great weather, great aid stations and race volunteers, great race courses and a great postrace barbecue at Bowers Mansion. We fully expect this year’s event will continue that great tradition.”

The Silver State Marathon began in 1976 with Sacramento’s Bob Cooper capturing first place, followed by Skip Houk. The event has evolved since then to include a flat and fast 10K run/walk, as well as a half marathon incorporating the pastoral beauty of Franktown Road.

The marathon, which travels around Washoe Lake before finishing via Franktown, has been altered in recent years to take advantage of improvements around Washoe Lake State Park. Nearly 11 miles of the course now is hard-packed dirt/gravel road.

“The course might be a little slower because of the dirt, but we feel it’s a much more runner friendly course with (three) added aid stations, access to rest rooms at Washoe Lake State Park and the sheer beauty of the area that is closer to the lake,” Monroe said.

Starting times are 6 a.m. for the marathon, 8 a.m. for the half marathon and 10K and 8:10 a.m. for a 10K walk.

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Entry fees are $70 for the marathon, $50 for the half marathon and $35 for the 10K run/walk and can be done in person through Aug. 15 at Eclipse Running, 960 W. Moana Lane, Reno. There isn’t race-day registration. Late registration will cost $5 more and will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Atlantis Hotel-Casino in Reno.

Entry forms are available at

For more information, phone (775) 851-8369.