The Vegas to Reno Race is just a few months away, so it’s time to start discovering everything you need to know about racing or spectating at this epic event. At over 500 miles long, it’s the longest off-road race in the United States. (BTW, the Dakar Rally, a 10-15 day race, in Saudi Arabia is the longest off-road race in the world).
Starting north of Beatty, Nevada, Vegas to Reno is a grueling one-day race that attracts attention from drivers and race enthusiasts around the world. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about taking part in the Vegas to Reno Race 2023.
History of the Race
The Vegas to Reno race first started back in 1995 and welcomes cars, trucks, UTVs, and motorcycles to compete each year. Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the race was a dream come true for the founder of Best In The Desert, Casey Folks. He was an off-road racing enthusiast who strived to create an event that would challenge competitors from around the world. This race was originally going to be a motorcycle racing series, but they wanted to open it up to truck, UTV, and car drivers also.
The first Vegas to Reno event took place near Sloan, Nevada, and stretched all the way to Aspen Creek Ranch. It was far more successful than anyone ever imagined, which is why over two decades later, the 500-mile race is still taking place annually. Drivers experience forest roads, dry lake beds, and graded roads on this challenging course that thrills drivers and spectators alike.
How Long is the Race from Vegas to Reno?
The race stretches over 500 miles starting 100 miles north of Beatty, Nevada. Racers then continue through central Nevada on Hwy 95 towards the finish line, which is located in Reno. During the race, drivers visit small mining towns and other interesting landmarks within the state. View the video below courtesy of the Red Bull Off Road Junior Team to get a better sense of what really happens at Vegas to Reno.
Which UTV Driver Won the 2022 Race?
With so many categories to choose from, there are multiple winners each year at the event. The UTV Turbo Pro category in 2022 was won by Vito Ranuio, who took the crown in just 8 hours and 10 minutes. In the UTV Trophy Unlimited category, Mitch Jr. Guthrie took the first-place prize with a time of 8 hours and 14 minutes.
How To Register To Race Your UTV at Vegas to Reno
If you’ve always dreamed of racing in the Vegas to Reno Race, applications take place online ahead of the event each year. You’ll find full information on the race event website, where more information will be added nearer the time. The cost of your registration will be dependent on the class you enter in. Choose from car, truck, UTV, and MC/Quad categories. The price of entry will naturally depend on the category you enter in, and you’ll need to ensure you have the support in place to ride safely in this event.
Ahead of your first race, we always recommend trying to get involved in the community and learning what it takes to succeed in these types of events. Check this page for more information about getting ready for your first race.
How Much Does It Cost To Race Your UTV At Vegas to Reno?
The UTV category is split into three separate sections of Professional, Limited Professional, and Sportsman. Based on last year’s prices, expect to pay about $2,795 for a Professional entry, $1,695 for Limited Professionals, and $1,495 for the Sportsman category.
2023 Vegas to Reno Race Schedule
The 2023 event will take place from August 16 to 20th. While the main race takes place on a single day, you’ll find there’s plenty to keep you entertained leading up to the event. Expect exciting time trials for some categories ahead of the main event. Following the big day, there’s always an awards ceremony and after-party, which are well worth sticking around for.
About one month ahead of the event, the Best in the Desert team will release the exact course map, which is where the real planning for the day starts. More information is always released in the days leading up to the event; so make sure you keep checking back on the race’s website for more information. Spectators will be able to decide when and where they’d like to stand on the course based on the map and route that’s revealed.
There’s also an Event Expo as part of the race, where you get a chance to meet other drivers and enthusiasts. We highly recommend that race fans put some time aside to enjoy this event, as with over 2,000 entries in the competition, it’s a great way to network with others in the community. As part of your registration for the event, you are automatically granted access to this expo. Companies of all types are able to exhibit here, so it’s a great opportunity for business owners as well who are looking to target races and off-road drivers. Some race teams also opt to put on a display here, where they can promote their team or sponsors. It’s a great way to draw more attention to your team and set you up for success in future years of competitions.
As well as welcoming the competitors to this event, tens of thousands of race fans pass by here during their visit to the race. They all are keen to learn about the latest products and services in the industry, which is why it’s such a valuable event for companies to display their products at. We recommend setting aside a good amount of time to explore the Event Expo and ensure you get here early to avoid the crowds.
The Vegas to Reno Race 2023 is set to be another exciting event for the off-road racing community. As we get closer to August, expect more information to be added to the official website. You’ll see the course for the race nearer the time and find out more about what will be on display at the expo. It’s one of the most exciting events each season, and with so many different categories of competitors, we can’t wait to see who is crowned champion of each category this year.
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