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More than 100 teams dressed up in matching race attire some more practical than others and decorated their vans to get into the spirit of the adventure.
of the Odyssey. Complete with tie dye flags, daisy headbands and tambourines, the all female team sent their lead Reebok Basketball Shoes 90's
"It almost has a Burning Man feel to it," Lerude said, referencing the Saucony Excursion Tr8 August festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. "It's all about the fun, the enthusiasm, the experience Reebok Pump Fury White
Runners headed out from Reno and continued through the night, passing through Truckee, around Lake Tahoe, through Genoa and Virginia City and will finish back in Reno today.
"It's more of an adventure than your average 5K," race director Eric Lerude said. "Very few teams are here to win their division or set course records. It's about the adventure and the experience."
Wearing tie dye tops, tall socks and flowing skirts, the Hippie Chicks weren't dressed like typical long distance runners.
But then again, the Reno Tahoe Odyssey isn't your typical race.
Lerude organized the first Reno Tahoe Odyssey in 2005 with 36 teams and, five years later, has seen the field balloon to 105 teams.
"We love it," said Rhonda Cain, of team Hippie Chicks. "It's the best thing to happen to Reno. It's a challenge on your body, but it's a lot of fun."
The Hippie Chicks, a five year veteran team of the race from Reno, epitomized the fun loving spirit Saucony Kinvara London
Tahoe Odyssey rolls through Reno
On Friday morning, the first runner from each of the 12 member teams set out on the 178 mile relay course from Wingfield Park.
Each member of the 12 person teams will run three legs of the race. Each athlete will average 12 to 18 miles over the course of the relay. Two vehicles travel with each team, carrying runners and providing support.
and the team camaraderie."
"People hear about it and they want to experience it," Lerude said. "It's a great tour of the Reno Tahoe area. They really get to see the whole area and there's not much we miss."
runner off Friday morning in style.
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