Proposed marathon tackles Genoa Peak
A marathon from Nevada’s oldest town to the top of Genoa Peak is planned for August.
Organizer Kevin Bigley of Ascent Runs said he expects up to 250 trail runners to participate in the Genoa Peak Madathon scheduled for Aug. 10.
Runners will start and finish at Genoa Park, which will require Nixon Street to be closed through the day. Bigley said they will take Jacks Valley Road north to Centennial then across to Eagle Ridge before they turn up the Genoa Discovery Trail.
The marathon features a 3,000-foot climb over 7.5 miles to the top of Sierra Canyon before the race climbs another half mile to the top of Genoa Peak.
The event is being co-sponsored by the Carson Valley Trails Association. The downhill portion of the run will take the Genoa Canyon Trail down to town.
“We wanted to put on a trail run that will bring runners to Genoa and provide them with a scenic and challenging course,” Bigley told Genoa Town Board members.
He said that for this first event, the organization is marketing heavily outside Western Nevada. Parking for runners and their families will be at the Genoa Cemetery and David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort, which will also be a host hotel, he said.
Because motor vehicles aren’t allowed on the trail, runners who are injured will have to be helicoptered out.
“It’s the only way to extract a person in an emergency,” he said.
Runners will be briefed on the dangers posed by the trail.
Bigley said he’s been in touch with CalStar helicopter ambulance service.
Runners will check in on Aug. 9 and then check in at the park beginning at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 10. The marathon starts at 6 a.m. and the half marathon begins at 6:30 a.m. Bigley said Jacks Valley Road would be closed for about 15 minutes around each of those start times.
Runners are returning to the park via the Genoa Canyon Trail and then onto Carson Street. Nixon Street will be closed from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m., according to the request approved by town board members on Tuesday.
Town resident Barbara Floorman urged those involved to communicate the times and routes to the townspeople.
“This town is a great venue,” Bigley said. “I think it’s going to grow pretty quickly, and we’ll eventually have to put a limit on it.”