55th Virginia City 100
September 21, 2024
Started in 1968, the Virginia City 100 is one
of the oldest 100 mile rides in the country. Riders who complete the 100 mile course in 24 hours are eligible to receive a progressive silver buckle.
The ride starts at 5 a.m. in front of the Delta Saloon in downtown Virginia City.
Base Camp will be at the Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds, 458 F Street, Virginia City, Nevada.
Parking will be on a dirt and gravel lot. There will be room for portable corrals. There are a limited corrals available on site. These are first-come, first-served. Management reserves the right to hold corrals.
Base Camp will be open from 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon to Sunday evening. If you are coming before 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon you need to be fully self-sufficient! There may be NO amenities, including no water. Horse water will be available once camp officially opens.
The elevation of Virginia City is over 6,000 feet and can get cold at night so come prepared. The comforts of motels and restaurants can be found, as well as shopping and sightseeing within walking distance of Base Camp.
Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds, 458 F Street, Virginia City, Nevada
From Reno I-580 S/US-395 S. Take the US-395 S exit (Exit 57B) toward Virginia City/Carson City/So. Lake Tahoe. Merge onto US-395 Alt S/S. Virginia St. Turn left on to Geiger Grade/NV-341 to Virginia City. Drive through downtown Virginia City towards Gold Hill. Turn left on the 341 Truck Route to Carson City (before heading down the hill). Make a sharp left onto F Street and follow for approximately two blocks. Immediately after you cross the train tracks continue straight on to Fairgrounds Street. The dirt road wraps around to the right into the Fairgrounds. Watch for ribbons.
From Carson City take Hwy. 50 East to NV-341, follow the truck route to the right. BEFORE you reach Virginia City turn right onto F Street and follow for approximately two blocks. Immediately after you cross the train tracks continue straight on to Fairgrounds Street. The dirt road wraps around to the right into the Fairgrounds. Watch for ribbons.
There will be horse water and porta potties on site.
The trail consists of three loops (51, 25, 24 miles), each returning to base camp in Virginia City. There will two (2) outlying vet checks on the first loop, two (2) vet checks at base camp, and one (1) outlying vet check on the last loop. Crews will have easy access to meet riders along the trail and at the vet checks.
The trail covers hard pack and rocky terrain on historical wagon (now jeep) roads with some sandy single track footing and several mountain climbs. There is also pavement through town and across highways. Riders are responsible for their own safety while crossing paved roads. We do advise the use of pads and/or boots.
Elevations range between 5,000 and 7,800 feet. Each loop will be marked with a different color of ribbon, along with chalk and glow sticks (after dark). Water and hay will be provided on the trail and at the three outlying vet checks.
The ride will start in front of the Delta Saloon at 5:00 a.m., Saturday. Allow yourself time to get from camp to the Delta by 5:00 a.m. (approximately 15-20 minutes). There will be a controlled start out of town.
Virginia City 100 is the final ride of the Triple Crown Challenge.
The Pre-Ride Meeting will be held on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to attend to get any updated information. All information will be included in your rider packets and emailed in advance. Riders are responsible for reading all pre-ride information and having any applicable questions answered.
Calcutta: Following the Pre-Ride Meeting we will have a fun-filled Calcutta. Payoffs will be given to buyers of the top three in each division, and announced at the awards banquet. BRING LOTS OF MONEY! EACH AND EVERY RIDER WILL BE AUCTIONED! Your favorite horse and rider team may pay off for you! Payback is 90%, with 10% going to NASTR!
The awards presentation for the Virginia City 100, NASTR Triple Crown, and Calcutta will take place Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at the Ice House.
All riders completing the Virginia City 100 will receive a completion certificate and award (sweatshirt or other).
The Nevada All-State Trail Riders personally engraved progressive silver overlay completion buckle or sterling silver bracelet will be available for an additional fee. These will be mailed out about 8 weeks post-ride (generally early December). You may upgrade to a sterling silver buckle for an additional cost. Upgrades, payments, and changes must be taken Sunday morning before the awards.
Overall Winner, Top Ten, Weight Division, and Junior Awards will also be given. A sculpture of the Best Condition horse will be hand crafted by Michaele Tristram, NASTR member and local artist.
NASTR Triple Crown – All finishers of the three NASTR rides (Nevada Derby 50, NASTR 75, and Virginia City 100) will receive a special award. Champion, Reserve Champion, and Junior blankets will be given to the same horse and rider team. You must nominate yourself prior to the ride – see entry form.
500 Mile Horses: Horses completing the ride five times will receive a 500-mile halter.
1,000 Mile Horses: Horses completing the ride ten times will receive a 1,000-mile blanket.
1,000 Mile Buckle Recipients will receive a complimentary sterling silver buckle upgrade.