Runners Come Out for the 1st Annual Downtown River Run

Reno 5000 Downtown River Run

So, in February I found a pair of pink Mizuno running shoes, a GPS watch–and the rest is history. I am runner, and I am not turning around. This is one of the best towns for such a hobby (addiction) due to the amazing scenery and trails. There are so many different races held in this town, I wanted write about one that has really set the bar for other races being held in this area.

April 14th was the first of three races for the RENO 5000 race series, and it was held downtown (beginning and ending at Reno’s famous arch). This first race has been titled the Downtown River Run. Dolan Auto Group is the title sponsor for all three of the RENO 5000 races this year, and the Downtown River Run was an exciting success.

“This race was only the 2nd race I have ever participated in.  My wife runs marathons & 1/2 marathons all of the time, and her experience with your race was heads above many others including the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll marathon, the Portland, Seattle & Honolulu marathons as well.  You’re setting the bar high for everyone else.” – Doug I.

Over 1,000 runners arrived under the arch on the morning of April 14th and debated whether or not to run with their sleeves on… It was a chilly spring morning! The Junior 1 Mile race kicked-off the event, and kids took off in pursuit of a Lexus CT 200. The 10k and Half-Marathon racers took off immediately after the National Anthem, and then followed by the 5k runners. Runners headed west and followed the Truckee River, then looped back around to finish under the arch.

RENO 5000 was created in an effort to produce events that will help our community to get fit, stay in shape, and to provide the feel of a world-class race experience for our local runners. You can expect consistency at each of RENO 5000’s events. After producing 40 events in less than 4 years, every single event has started on time and runners can always count on this in the future. There is nothing more frustrating for a runner than a race that has a late or even early start time.”Some of our more competitive and elite runners have a warm-up regimen, and a correct start time is vital to their performance,” says Race Director William Contreras.

“I think it’s the best race we’ve had,” said Taylor Samuels, who placed first for his age group and fifth overall in the men’s 5k. “There was a lot of positive energy.”

Many vendors from the area were in attendance; most importantly L’uva Bella Wine Gallery was pouring beer and champagne to treat the runners after the race.

RENO 5000 Race Director said, “As much as we try to please 100% of the people, it is impossible and we understand that, but if we can come close, we feel we are doing our job.” Furthermore, “I have run a lot of races, and I know that as a runner- all you should have to worry about on race day is your performance. The rest will be handled by us.”

Reno 5000 Downtown River RunRENO 5000 works hard to establish relationships with businesses in the community in an effort to produce sponsorships, so that the races can continue to offer low entry fees for a quality race experience. It doesn’t stop there; RENO 5000 strictly works with local vendors for all of their events and always donates a portion of proceeds to a local charity. Past donations have been given to charities that support: the victims of Air Races, JK Metzger fund, Northern Nevada Food Bank, and the fight against childhood obesity.

It was wonderful to see runners of all different ages come together for this event. If you would like to join the next race on June 23rd at Damonte Ranch High School, you can register here. The 3rd race will take place on September 8th at Bowers Mansion. The Downtown River Run has plans to return next year with the addition of a full-marathon, and there is even buzz about  next year’s race being Reno’s first Boston-qualifying event. Awesome.


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