5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Winter Warriors 5K
    Beat the winter chill by going out and running this fun and intimate 5K. Located at Reid Merrill Park at 8:30 a.m., the course goes through the park and along the Greenbelt. Those who registered already will receive a finisher medal, but there is still time to sign up and eligible for age group rewards. This 5k costs just $35 to participate.
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    Eagle, ID 24 February 2018
    Leprechaun Scurry
    This family-friendly run/walk will get everyone excited for St. Patrick’s Day. It starts and ends at Lake City High School, where they will be greeted with awards, prizes and food expos. Participants are even encouraged to bring their dogs! It costs $17.50 to register, and kicks off the racing season for the area.
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    Coeur d'Alene, ID 10 March 2018
    Beth Schmidt Memorial 5K Fell Race
    Put on your kilt and run to the bagpipes at this fun run. This 5K is hold in honored of the late Beth Schmidt who passed away at the Boise VA Hospice Home, with active and retired military members, as well as disabled vets able to participate for free. Other runners pay $30 for the 5K or $45 to also participate in the highland games—which also includes lunch and a T-shirt. This is an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
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    Parma, ID 1 January 1970
    Shamrock Shuffle 5K
    This 5k will have you more than just shuffling to get to the finish line. Because what awaits the runners is a metal and complimentary green beer (or fruit punch) that is served in a custom glass. But runners won’t want it to end. The race starts and finished at Indian Creek Winery where they can grab from aid stations stocked with GU, Gatorade and other snacks, plus there are cow-bell ringing volunteers cheering everyone on. Don’t forget to dress in your best St. Patrick’s Day-inspired costumes.
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    Kuna, ID 17 March 2018
    St. Patricks Day Fun Run
    Gear up in green and walk or run to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and with the luck of the Irish shoot for that PR. This 5k takes place at Malad Gorge State Park, and participants walks way with a commemorative long sleeved t-shirt and participation memento, as well as celebratory lunch and drinks afterward
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    Tuttle, ID 17 March 2018
    Run for Romania
    Run or walk to help fund raise for a church and ministry to be built in Brasov, Romania. Participants get to enjoy a scenic course near the foothills of Mountain Cove Rd. Participants get a t-shirt, bib and “other cool stuff.” It’s only $35 to register from now until race day.
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    Boise, ID 7 April 2018
    Lake Lowell 5k
    This is a great half for those looking for a PR thanks to its flat course that takes runners around the shoreline of Lake Lowell. There is one hill at the 10 mile mark, but the rest of the race is downhill making it great for beginners as well. The scenery is peaceful because the park is a bird sanctuary, where runners can really enjoy being present as they run.
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    Nampa, ID 14 April 2018
    Run For Respect
    This fun run is all about healthy body and healthy relationships. Spreading awareness for dating violence and promote healthy dating for the Treasure Valley community, this races being sponsored by the teen program at Advocates Against Family Violence and the College of Idaho. Held at the College of Idaho campus, the race costs $35 , with discounts for a groups.
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    Caldwell, ID 12 April 2018
    Hope Glow Run
    This popular event takes place at night, where the “fun happens after dark.” Participants get a glow in the dark shirt and a glow stick, as well as a ticket for a beer (for those over 21) for the post-race party that includes a bbq and beer garden. The event is to arise money for Relay for Life to help battle cancer.
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    Moscow, ID 21 April 2018
    Run for Austin
    This 17th annual run is to educate, advocate and support autism and those who suffer from the disease. Participants can join a team or run or walk alone. There will be raffle prizes and t-shirts available for an additional cost.
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    Boise, ID 21 April 2018
    Paces for Payton
    This 5k is in tribute of the life of a little girl named Payton who tragically lost her battle with heart failure in 2015. This race is to keep her memory alive, speaking awareness about heart disease and how live saving become an organ donor can be. Proceeds go to families who have a child with a organ transplant.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 28 April 2018
    West Valley 5k Walk/ Run
    Participants can either walk or run during this Caldwell race that serves as a fundraiser for the Caldwell YMCA. The course includes areas of the Fairview Golf Course and the College of Idaho. It costs $20 for adults, with this early bird price increasing by $5 on April 10.
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    Caldwell, ID 28 April 2018
    Footsteps for Fertility 5K
    Held in Veterans Memorial Park, this 5k is night run/walk organized by Footsteps for Fertility Foundation, a charitable organization that raises awareness about infertility, and provides grants to help families with fertility treatments. It costs $35 to register for the early bird price.
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    Boise, ID 4 May 2018
    Boise Women’s 5k
    Starting and finishing in Julia Davis Park, the lucky top female runner will walk away with $1,500 prize. If that isn’t motivation enough, participants get to run through the Ribbon of Jewels, a series of parks along the Boise River.
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    Boise, ID 5 May 2018
    East Jr High Hornet Run
    Organized by East Jr High School in coordination with Authentic Sports Timing and Event Services, this 5k is run along the Boise River and ends at the junior high. This is a non-profit event, and there is an awards ceremony afterwards for the top 3 men and women.
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    Boise, ID 5 May 2018
    Tutu Run 5K
    Get ready to race in your brightest colored tutu. This half marathon starts and finishes at Skyview High School. There is aid station approximately every two miles, and every finisher gets a model. Prizes also go to the top three male and females. Walkers are also welcome!
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    Nampa ID 12 May 2018
    Ears2U 5K
    Use your legs to help raise awareness and funding for those who are hard of hearing. This half marathon serves as a fundraiser for the AGBELL Idaho Chapter, an association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It takes place at Reid Merrill Park, and includes post race food and vendor booths.
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    Meridian ID 1 January 1970
    Priest Lake Mother’s Day 5k
    Along with men and women’s overall and age group awards, the first 1000 registrations device a free Mother’s Day pendant necklace. And if running for some race bling isn’t enough, runners get to enjoy a trail experience on wide, dirt forest terrain. This is one of most scenic half marathons, great for beginners and intermediate runners.
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    Priest Lake, ID 12 May 2018
    Famous Idaho Potato 5K
    Idaho might be famous for its potatoes, but its this race that is popular among runners. Join the thousands of people who take part by running running on the trails alongside the Boise River. This a scenic race that takes the runners along the river past parks and greenery. Then enjoy the potato bar afterwards.
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    Boise, ID 19 May 2018
    Spirit of the Magic Valley 5K
    With proceeds going to the Twin Falls Community Foundation Trail Enchantment fund, this 5k starts and ends on the new section of the Snake River Trail System. When competed, celebrate with a meal catered by Sorans and Depot Grill.
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    Twin Falls, ID 19 May 2018
    Redfish Lake Lodge 5K
    Starting at 10:30 a.m., this 5k costs only $30 and includes a t-shirt. This event includes hydration stations at the start and finish, with the course starting and ending at the Lodge. There is also a pre-race dinner held the night before for an additional fee.
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    Stanley, ID 26 May 2018
    Coeur d'Alene Marathon 5K
    This 5k combines running on the streets in the picturesque winter resort city, as well as along the lakeshore of the Spokane River with an elevation of 2,300 feet above sea level. Take in the scenes of the Rocky Mountain foothills while aiming for that PR, or opting instead to walk.
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    Coeur d’Alene, ID 27 May 2018
    Teton Dam 5K
    This race is held on the anniversary of the breaking of the Teton Dam, which caused in a flood that caused devotion to the area. But instead of thinking about the tragedy of the event, this race honors the lives of the victims, celebrates first responders and volunteers. So join the sea of runners who flood the streets every year.
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    Rexburg, ID 2 June 2018
    Village on the Run 5K
    Celebrate the Treasure Valley community with this fun 5k. Family-friendly to bring strollers, to walk, jog or run, this is a timed event. All participants get a medal and a t-shirt. There is an after party with food and vendors and babysitting for kids ages 2-4 so parents can run the race.
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    Meridian, ID 3 June 2018
    Pocatello Dash for Donation 2018
    Raising awareness for becoming an organ donor, this race is organized by Intermountain Donor Services, a nonprofit organ procurement organization that serves Utah. This race is stroller, children, and pet-friendly and allows participants to honor a loved one with a memorial picture.
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    Pocatello, ID 23 June 2008
    Mountain to Meadow Half Marathon
    This 5k starts and finishes at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Lolo Pass. This a chip timed even, with finishers receiving an award for their victory. There is a post-race bbq where runners can invite family and friends for an additional cost.
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    Lolo Pass, ID 30 June 2018
    All-American Sawtelle Stampede Fun Run
    This fun run 5k starts at 9 a.m. where runners sprint through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, taking in the mountain views. There is water stations, t-shirts, and $5 off per person for group of five or more.
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    Island Park, ID 1 July 2018
    Idaho Falls FireKracker 5k
    Start for 4th of July off with this 5k geld that Tautphaus Park. The first 1200 runners gets a t-shirt and swag bag, and take off at 7:15 a.m. with plenty of time to get home and get ready for their personal festivities.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 4 July 2018
    Eagle Fun Day Run 2018
    Starting and ending at Eagle City Hall, this 5k takes runners though downtown Eagle. This is the 6th annual race, with breakfast being offered post-race, along with other festivities held downtown.
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    Eagle, ID 7 July 2018
    Fit For Life 5K
    This 5k is ideal for those looking for a PR since it is a flat course. Runners travel through the greenbelt, starting and finishing at Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium. It’s $28 to register for this baseball-themed even that starts at 7:50 a.m.
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    Boise, ID 7 July 2018
    Bear Lake Alaskan Salmon 5K
    Run or walk at St. Charles City Park for this 5k that has participants going around the Jericho Loop and back. Those who register get a t-shirt and access to the post-race bbq where fresh Alaskan salmon and burgers will be served.
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    St. Charles, ID 21 July 2018
    Idaho Falls Marathon 5k
    With a start time of 7:30 a.m., this 5k is open to all ages. The start and finish it at Snake River Landing, and there is awards granted to the overall top males and females. Celebrate after with a post-race finisher’s breakfast.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 28 July 2018
    Caribou County Fair Fun Run
    This 5k fun run starts at 7:30 a.m., and is open to all ages. Those who are 10 and younger can participate for free with an adult registration. The starting line is near the art exhibit building at the fair. Finishers get a t-shirt and meal ticket that can be redeemed at any of the vendors.
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    Soda Springs, ID 4 August 2018
    Friends Don't Count Chromosomes
    Raising awareness and funds for the Eastern Idaho Down Syndrome Family Connect organization, this race is an event to celebrate and support those with Down syndrome and their families. Register before August 15, and participants receive a finisher medal and option to purchase a t-shirt.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 25 August 2018
    Pocatello Marathon 5k
    With a start time of 9 a.m., this 5k kicks off Labor Day weekend. There are aid stations along the way with drinks, gels, fruit and candies, as well as vaseline and band aids. All finishers are awarded with a medal at this race, as well as shirt and get a duffle bag with goodies with packet pickup.
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    Pocatello, ID 1 September 2018
    BLDC 5K Fun Run/Walk
    This is a relaxed event for raising money for the Bellevue Fire Department’s Burn Out Fund, which is used to help families after a home fire. This is a family-friendly 5k, so strollers, pets, bikes and children are more than welcome.
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    Bellevue, ID 3 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 5 (ID)
    Located at Hell’s Gate State Park, this 5k is part of a six day series. It can be run by itself, but there is a special medal for those who complete all six days in this series along with the separate medal for finishing this race. There is even a special award for making this your first marathon. There is no time limit, and there is a discount on registration for active military.
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    Lewiston, ID 5 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 6 (ID)
    This is the final day of this six day series, meaning participants are only 5k away from earning a special medal for participating in races each day. This race is held at Hell’s Gate State Park and starts at 6 a.m. PT.
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    Lewiston, ID 6 September 2018
    Idaho Wine Run
    Combine your two favorite things, running and wine in this fun run. Located at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, there is the option to run or walk and then sample wine (21 and older) and enjoy live music.
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    Kuna, ID 8 September 2018
    Beer -N- Brats Run
    Enjoy a fun and fast race that starts and finished at Reid Merrill Park. Afterwards celebrate victory with beer and brats. The 5k starts at 10:40 a.m., and registration costs $50.
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    Eagle, ID 1 January 1970
    Monster Mash Dash 5k
    This is a Halloween-themed fun run, so come in your best costume and run throughout downtown Coeur d’Alene along the Centennial Trail and ends at the Avista Pavilion in McEuen Park. Therein entertainment and refreshments to follow,as well as trick or treating for children. Proceeds go to the Specialized Needs Recreation.
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    Coeur d'Alene, ID 20 October 2018
    YMCA Halloween Run
    Organized by the YMCA, this is a nighttime fun run. Participants can come wearing their costumes or bright, neon running gear along with glow sticks, with a costume contest being held before the race.
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    Boise, ID 21 October 2018
    Onward Shay Boise 5k
    This 5k takes place in downtown Boise, the course taking runners through the historic Boise North End and the greenbelt. Kicking off Halloween weekend, it is Wizard of Oz-themed, so feel free to dress in costume. This marathon raises money for finding a cure for cancer, specifically multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.
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    Boise, ID 28 October 2018

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances researched on Runnerclick, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Idaho? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in Boise?

    There are many to choose from here as Boise is host to many 5k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Onward Shay Boise 5K, the YMCA Halloween Run, and the Fit 4 Life 5K.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Les Bois 10K
    This is a race to run for those looking for a challenge. That’s because it is run on dirt roads, with the runner climbing the first 3.1 miles before descending to the finish line. Located at Fort Boise Park, this 10K serves as a great trail running training event. It has a registration fee of $28, with its charity being The Arc, which provides services and support for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
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    Boise, ID 3 March 2018
    Shamrock Shuffle 10K
    This 10k will have you more than just shuffling to get to the finish line. Because what awaits the runners is a metal and complimentary green beer (or fruit punch) that is served in a custom glass. But runners won’t want it to end. The race starts and finished at Indian Creek Winery where they can grab from aid stations stocked with GU, Gatorade and other snacks, plus there are cow-bell ringing volunteers cheering everyone on. Don’t forget to dress in your best St. Patrick’s Day-inspired costumes.
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    Kuna, ID 17 March 2018
    Hauser Lake 10K Ice Breaker Run
    Join in for this annual 10k race in support of Double J Dog Ranch, a sanctuary for dogs with special needs. This race is a Bloomsday Second Seed Qualifier, and takes place on the beautiful Hauser Lake, being a flat course to run fast. Those who register early get a bib customized to include their name. Stay for the after party for pizza, awards and dogs.
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    Hauser, ID 8 April 2018
    Hope Glow Run
    This popular event starts at 7 at night, right before the start of the 5k. Participants get a glow in the dark shirt and a glow stick, as well as a ticket for a beer (for those over 21) for the post-race party that includes a bbq and beer garden. The event is to arise money for Relay for Life to help battle cancer.
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    Moscow, ID 21 April 2018
    West Valley 10k Walk Run
    This 10k run is a fundraiser for the Caldwell YMCA. The course includes areas of the Fairview Golf Course, College of Idaho, the Caldwell Family YMCA, and Indian Creek. It costs $20 for adults, with this early bird price increasing by $5 on April 10.
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    Caldwell, ID 28 April 2018
    Famous Idaho Potato 10K
    Idaho might be famous for its potatoes, but its this race that is popular among runners. Join the thousands of people who take part by running running on the trails alongside the Boise River. This a scenic race that takes the runners along the river past parks and the Idaho greenbelt.
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    Boise, ID 19 May 2018
    Ears2U 10k
    Use your legs to help raise awareness and funding for those who are hard of hearing. This half marathon serves as a fundraiser for the AGBELL Idaho Chapter, an association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It takes place at Reid Merrill Park, and includes post race food and vendor booths.
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    Meridian, ID 12 May 2018
    Spirit of the Magic Valley Half Marathon 10K
    With proceeds going to the Twin Falls Community Foundation Trail Enchantment fund, this half marathon starts and ends on the new section of the Snake River Trail System. It includes three popular trails, through Rock Creek Canyon, the Canyon Rim and the CSI Fitness Trail. When competed, celebrate with a meal catered by Sorans and Depot Grill.
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    Twin Falls, ID 19 May 2018
    Redfish Lake Lodge Half Marathon 10K
    Starting and finishing at the Redfish Lodge, this source includes paved, gravel and trails. It costs $40 to register. The course has hydration stations and there is prized for category winners.
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    Stanley, ID 26 May 2018
    Mountain to Meado 10K
    This 10k starts and finishes at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Lolo Pass. This a chip timed even, with finishers receiving an award for their victory. There is a post-race bbq where runners can invite family and friends for an additional cost.
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    Lolo Pass, ID 30 June 2018
    All-American Sawtelle Stampede 10K
    This 10k starts at 9 a.m. along with the 5k where runners sprint through the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, taking in the mountain views. There is water stations, t-shirts, and $5 off per person for group of five or more. A cash prize and medal is awarded to the top three male and female finishers.
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    Island Park, ID 1 July 2018
    Brundage Mountain Summit Cat Track Run
    This 10k is an uphill battle, with runner ascending 3.1 miles and 1,640 degrees in elevation to the summit of Brundage Mountain. Using the Cat Track, runners then descend on the same route for 6.2 miles. It was at this race where a black bear crossed the starting line right before the race began. Besides bear sightings, there is awards, beer and live music post-race.
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    McCall, ID 4 July 2018
    Eagle Fun Day Run 2018
    Starting and ending at Eagle City Hall, this 10k takes runners though downtown Eagle. This is the 6th annual race, with breakfast being offered post-race, along with other festivities held downtown.
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    Eagle, ID 7 July 2018
    Fit For Life 10k
    Run this 10k to help raise awareness and funds for the Eastern Idaho Down Syndrome Family Connect organization. This race is an event to celebrate and support those with Down syndrome and their families. It is a timed event, and the course will be clearly marked and staffed. Register before August 15, and participants receive a finisher medal and option to purchase a t-shirt.
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    Boise, ID 25 August 2018
    Pocatello Marathon 10k
    With a start time of 8:45 a.m., this 10k kicks off Labor Day weekend. There are aid stations along the way with drinks, gels, fruit and candies, as well as vaseline and band aids. All finishers are awarded with a medal at this race, as well as shirt and get a duffle bag with goodies with packet pickup.
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    Pocatello, ID 1 September 2018
    Idaho Wine Run
    Located at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna this 10k is lighthearted and fun. After completing the race, participants can sample wine from several Idaho winters and enjoy the scenery with live music.
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    Kuna, ID 8 September 2018
    Beer -N- Brats Run
    Located at Reid Merrill Park, this 10k is has a fast-paced course. Afterwards celebrate victory with brats and beer provided by Sockeye Brewing. The 10k starts at 10:30 a.m., and registration costs $40.
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    Eagle, ID 1 January 1970
    Run for the Cure
    This 5k raises money to go to the Eastern Idaho Public Health to fight breast cancer. It takes place at Freeman Park, with a start time of 9 a.m. There is an awards ceremony following the race, along with refreshments and entertainment.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 6 October 2018
    Hayden Lake 10k
    This 10k is run on forest roads as the runner takes in the views while on the course which includes running past golf courses, lakes, farms, and forest before ending at Hayden Lake’s Honeysuckle Beach. This is more challenging because of the hills, but has great scenery.
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    Hayden, ID 13 October 2017
    Onward Shay Boise 10k
    This 10k takes place in downtown Boise, the course taking runners through the historic Boise North End and the greenbelt. Kicking off Halloween weekend, it is Wizard of Oz-themed, so feel free to dress in costume. This marathon raises money for finding a cure for cancer, specifically multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.
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    Boise, ID 28 October 2018

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Idaho? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in Boise?

    There are many to choose from, as Boise is host to many 10k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Les Bois 10K, the Onward Shay Boise 10K, and the Fit for Life 10K.

     

    Some other great 10K races in Idaho include the Hayden Lake 10K, the Beer-n-Brats Run, and the Idaho Wine Run. These are just a few of the many 10K races that take place in Idaho.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Shamrock Shuffle Half Marathon
    This half marathon will have you more than just shuffling to get to the finish line. Because what awaits the runners is a metal and complimentary green beer (or fruit punch) that is served in a custom glass. But runners won’t want it to end. The race starts and finished at Indian Creek Winery where they can grab from aid stations stocked with GU, Gatorade and other snacks, plus there are cow-bell ringing volunteers cheering everyone on. Don’t forget to dress in your best St. Patrick’s Day-inspired costumes.
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    Eagle, ID 17 March 2018
    Lake Lowell Half Marathon
    This is a great half for those looking for a PR thanks to its flat course that takes runners around the shoreline of Lake Lowell. There is one hill at the 10 mile mark, but the rest of the race is downhill making it great for beginners as well. The scenery is peaceful because the park is a bird sanctuary, where runners can really enjoy being present as they run.
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    Nampa, ID 14 April 2018
    Race to Robie Creek Half Marathon
    This race is referred to as “the toughest half marathon in the Northwest,” making it a great option for the brave and fearless experienced runner. It calls for running uphill from the start to well past mile 8 as runners climb to Aldape Summit. There is limited entries, making it a honor to so this race. There is a great post-race party afterward to celebrate the victory
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    Boise, ID 21 April 2018
    Boise Women’s 5k and Half Marathon
    This inaugural half marathon awards the top female finisher with an impressive $3,500 prize. Runners will feel the girl power as they run in Julia Davis Park through the Ribbon of Jewels, parks that are named after famous women.
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    Boise, ID 5 May 2018
    Ears2U Half Marathon
    Use your legs to help raise awareness and funding for those who are hard of hearing. This half marathon serves as a fundraiser for the AGBELL Idaho Chapter, an association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It takes place at Reid Merrill Park, and includes post race food and vendor booths.
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    Meridian, ID 12 May 2018
    Priest Lake Mother’s Day Half Marathon
    Along with men and women’s overall and age group awards, the first 1000 registrations device a free Mother’s Day pendant necklace. And if running for some race bling isn’t enough, runners get to enjoy a trail experience on wide, dirt forest terrain. This is one of most scenic half marathons, great for beginners and intermediate runners.
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    Priest Lake, ID 12 May 2018
    Tutu Run Half Marathon
    Get ready to race in your brightest colored tutu. This half marathon starts and finishes at Skyview High School. There is aid station approximately every two miles, and every finisher gets a model. Prizes also go to the top three male and females. Walkers are also welcome!
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    Nampa, ID 12 May 2018
    Famous Idaho Potato Half Marathon
    Idaho might be famous for its potatoes, but its this race that is popular among runners. Join the thousands of people who take part by running running on the trails alongside the Boise River. This a scenic race that takes the runners along the river past parks and greenery. Half marathon finisher receive a metal and then can enjoy the potato bar provided by Life’s Kitchen.
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    Boise, ID 19 May 2018
    Spirit of the Magic Valley Half Marathon
    With proceeds going to the Twin Falls Community Foundation Trail Enchantment fund, this half marathon starts and ends on the new section of the Snake River Trail System. It includes three popular trails, through Rock Creek Canyon, the Canyon Rim and the CSI Fitness Trail. When competed, celebrate with a meal catered by Sorans and Depot Grill.
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    Twin Falls, ID 19 May 2018
    Redfish Lake Lodge Half Marathon
    Starting and finishing at the Redfish Lodge, this course includes paved, gravel and trails. It costs $50 to register. The course has hydration stations and there is prized for category winners.
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    Stanley, ID 26 May 2018
    Coeur d'Alene Half Marathon
    This half marathon combines running on the streets in the picturesque winter resort city, as well as along the lakeshore of the Spokane River with an elevation of 2,300 feet above sea level. Take in the scenes of the Rocky Mountain foothills while aiming for that PR.
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    Coeur d’Alene, ID 27 May 2018
    Teton Dam Half Marathon
    This half marathon is held on the anniversary of the breaking of the Teton Dam, which caused in a flood that caused devotion to the area. But instead of thinking about the tragedy of the event, this race honors the lives of the victims, celebrates first responders and volunteers. So join the sea of runners who flood the streets every year.
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    Rexburg, ID 2 June 2018
    Sun Valley Half Marathon
    Celebrate this spring tradition by joining the other runners in this loop style course at the Wood River YMCA’s paved pedestrian paths. Take in the mountain views and the spring, morning air. Those who also enter the Color Me Fearless 5k the day before will save on both races.
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    Sun Valley, ID 3 June 2018
    Bear Lake Half Marathon
    This is an ideal race for those looking to be in the 50 State Club. There is races all weekend in three separate neighboring states. And this even keeps things simple, is primarily flat and finishers get a medal with no time limit.
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    Montpelier, ID 7 June 2018
    Mountain to Meadow Half Marathon
    Great for beginners as well as veteran runners, this half marathon starts and finishes at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Lolo Pass. This a chip timed even, with finishers receiving an award for their victory. There is a post-race bbq where runners can invite family and friends for an additional cost.
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    Lolo Pass, ID 30 June 2018
    All-American Sawtelle Stampede Half Marathon
    Runners hit the trails at this race at the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, with the Sawtelle Mountain in the background. There is water stations, t-shirts, and $5 off per person for group of five or more. A cash prize and medal is awarded to the top three male and female finishers.
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    Island Park, ID 1 July 2018
    Fit For Life Half Marathon
    This half marathon is ideal for those looking for a PR since it is a flat course. Runners travel through the greenbelt and finish at Boise Hawks Memorial Stadium. The finish medal is unique and is the other side of the City Of Trees Half Marathon medal, completing the set. This race is baseball-themed and pancakes are served post-race.
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    Boise, ID 7 July 2018
    Freakin Fast Half
    This is a half marathon for runners looking to really race their best. It has over 3000’ net drop throughout the course to make is freakishly fast. This makes it ideal for a PR or qualifier. Race starts at 6:15 a.m., and has an early bird price of $55.
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    Boise, ID 21 July 2018
    Idaho Falls Half Marathon
    Running for Westside Elementary School, this year’s half marathon is Christmas in July-themed. The half starts at 6:30 a.m., where there is portable restrooms, aid stations, water and Nuun gels along the way. Finishers get a medal and there are awards for the top 3 overall in each age division.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 28 July 2018
    Mesa Falls Half Marathon
    This half marathon starts in the Targhee National Forest, with aid stations set up about every two miles with Gatorade, water, gels, fruit and more. There is no cutoff time for runners, and awards are given to the top three men and women across age divisions. Race day registration is allowed, and the fee comes with a shirt, medal, bus transportation to the start and a huckleberry milkshake post-race.
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    Ashton, ID 25 August 2018
    Pocatello Marathon
    With a start time of 8 a.m., this half marathon kicks off Labor Day weekend. There are aid stations along the way with drinks, gels, fruit and candies, as well as vaseline and band aids. All finishers are awarded with a medal at this race, as well as shirt and get a duffle bag with goodies with packet pickup.
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    Pocatello, ID 1 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 5 (ID)
    Located at Hell’s Gate State Park, this half marathon can be run by itself, but there is a special medal for those who complete all six races in this series along with the separate medal for finishing this race. There is even a special award for making this your first half marathon. There is no time limit, and there is a discount on registration for active military.
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    Lewiston, ID 5 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 6 (ID)
    This is the final day of this six day series. End it with a half marathon to earn a special medal for participating in races each day. First time half marathoners also get a special medal. This race is held at Hell’s Gate State Park and starts at 6 a.m. PT.
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    Lewiston, ID 6 September 2018
    Idaho Wine Run
    Run this half marathon and then celebrate the best way possible, with some wine. Located at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna this 10k is lighthearted and fun. After completing the race, participants can sample wine from several Idaho winters and enjoy the scenery with live music.
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    Kuna, ID 8 September 2018
    Beer -N- Brats Run
    Located at Reid Merrill Park, this half marathon is all about having fun. Runners might even PR because it is a fast-paced course. Afterwards celebrate victory with brats and beer provided by Sockeye Brewing and show off that finisher medal.
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    Eagle, ID 1 January 1970
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 5 (ID)
    Located at Hell’s Gate State Park, this half marathon can be run by itself, but there is a special medal for those who complete all six races in this series along with the separate medal for finishing this race. There is even a special award for making this your first half marathon. There is no time limit, and there is a discount on registration for active military.
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    Lewiston, ID 5 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 6 (ID)
    This is the final day of this six day series. End it with a half marathon to earn a special medal for participating in races each day. First time half marathoners also get a special medal. This race is held at Hell’s Gate State Park and starts at 6 a.m. PT.
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    Lewiston, ID 6 September 2018
    Idaho Wine Run
    Run this half marathon and then celebrate the best way possible, with some wine. Located at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna this 10k is lighthearted and fun. After completing the race, participants can sample wine from several Idaho winters and enjoy the scenery with live music.
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    Kuna, ID 8 September 2018
    Beer -N- Brats Run
    Located at Reid Merrill Park, this half marathon is all about having fun. Runners might even PR because it is a fast-paced course. Afterwards celebrate victory with brats and beer provided by Sockeye Brewing and show off that finisher medal.
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    Eagle, ID 1 January 1970
    Hayden Lake Marathon
    This is a challenging half marathon, filled with hills on forest roads. It does provide gorgeous views, with the course including running past golf courses, lakes, farms, and forest before ending at Hayden Lake’s Honeysuckle Beach.
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    Hayden, ID 13 October 2017
    City of Trees Half Marathon
    Held at Park Center Park, this half marathon kicks off at 9 a.m. The course includes running on the Boise Greenbelt, getting a fall view of the park and Boise River. There are plenty of aid stations, along with sport drinks and gels offered along the course.
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    Boise, ID 12 October 2018
    Onward Shay Boise Half Marathon
    This half marathon takes place in downtown Boise, the course taking runners through the historic Boise North End and the greenbelt. It is Wizard of Oz-themed, so feel free to dress in costume. This marathon raises money for finding a cure for cancer, specifically multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.
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    Boise, ID 28 October 2018
    Zeitgeist Half Marathon
    Taking place in the Treasure Valley, this half marathon starts and finishes in the Optimist Youth Sports Complex. It is a loop course on paved roads. All finishers get a t-shirt and finisher medal, and can enjoy a post-race party with entertainment and refreshments.
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    Boise, ID 3 November 2018

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Idaho? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in Boise?

    There are many to choose from here as Boise is host to many Half Marathon races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Zeitgeist Half Marathon, the City of Trees Half Marathon, and the Freakin Fast Half.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Famous Idaho Potato Marathon
    Idaho might be famous for its potatoes, but its this race that is popular among runners. Join the thousands of people who take part by running running on the trails alongside the Boise River. This a scenic race that takes the runners along the river past parks and greenery. Marathon finishers receive a metal and then can enjoy the potato bar provided by Life’s Kitchen.
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    Boise, ID 19 May 2018
    Lake Lowell Marathon
    With its flat course that takes runners around the shoreline of Lake Lowell, this is good marathon for first timers. There is one hill at the 10 mile mark, but the rest of the race is downhill making it great for beginners as well. The scenery is peaceful because the park is a bird sanctuary, where runners can really enjoy being present as they run.
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    April 14, 2018 1 January 1970
    Spirit of the Magic Valley Marathon
    With proceeds going to the Twin Falls Community Foundation Trail Enchantment fund, this half marathon starts and ends on the new section of the Snake River Trail System. It includes three popular trails, through Rock Creek Canyon, the Canyon Rim and the CSI Fitness Trail. When competed, celebrate with a meal catered by Sorans and Depot Grill.
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    Twin Falls, ID 19 May 2018
    Coeur d'Alene Marathon
    This marathon combines running on the streets in the picturesque winter resort city, as well as along the lakeshore of the Spokane River with an elevation of 2,300 feet above sea level. Take in the scenes of the Rocky Mountain foothills while striking for greatness.
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    Coeur d’Alene, ID 27 May 2018
    Teton Dam Marathon
    Held on the second Saturday in June, this marathon is held on the anniversary of the breaking of the Teton Dam. But instead of thinking about the tragedy of the event, this marathon honors the victims, celebrates first responders and volunteers. So join the sea of runners who flood the streets every year.
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    Rexburg, ID 2 June 2018
    Bear Lake Marathon
    This is a great marathon for the simple runner. With no bells and whistles, this even allows marathoners to just enjoy the scenery without the constraint of a time limit. This is a flat course, but the attitude and a rough final half mile hill still makes it a challenge. All finishers get a medal, and the fastest man and woman receives a trophy.
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    Montpelier, ID 7 June 2018
    Idaho Falls Marathon
    It’s Christmas in July at this year’s Idaho Falls Marathon. With the goal to get technology for each classroom, runners fund raise for the Westside Elementary School with a race entry. The marathon starts at 5:30 a.m. where runners pass through the foothills of Idaho Falls and snitch at Snack River. All finishers get a medal, swag bag and shirt.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 28 July 2018
    Mesa Falls Marathon
    This marathon starts in the Targhee National Forest, with aid stations set up about every two miles with Gatorade, water, gels, fruit and more. There is no cutoff time for runners, and awards are given to the top three men and women across age divisions. Race day registration is allowed, and the fee comes with a shirt, medal, bus transportation to the start and a huckleberry milkshake post-race.
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    Ashton, ID 25 August 2018
    Pocatello Marathon
    This marathon is USA T&F certified and can be used as a qualify her Boston and New York Marathons. There are aid stations along the way with drinks, gels, fruit and candies, as well as vaseline and band aids. All finishers are awarded with a medal at this race, as well as a get a duffle bag with goodies.
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    Pocatello, ID 1 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 5 (ID)
    Located at Hell’s Gate State Park, this marathon can be run by itself, but there is a special medal for those who complete all six races in this series along with the separate medal for finishing this race. There is even a special award for making this your first marathon. There is no time limit, and there is a discount on registration for active military.
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    Lewiston, ID 5 September 2018
    Northwest Series 2018 - Day 6 (ID)
    This is the final day of this six day series. End it with a marathon to earn a special medal for participating in races each day. First time marathoners also get a special medal. This race is held at Hell’s Gate State Park and starts at 6 a.m. PT.
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    Lewiston, ID 6 September 2018
    Salmon Marathon
    This is a marathon feature a gently rolling, but mostly downhill course made up of dirt and gravel throughout this beautiful mountain town. The last two miles are on pavement, and there is two small hills. This race is sponsored by Whitewater Therapeutic Riding Association.
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    Salmon, ID 8 September 2018
    Hayden Lake Marathon
    This is a challenging marathon, filled with hills on forest roads. It does provide gorgeous views, with the course including running past golf courses, lakes, farms, and forest before ending at Hayden Lake’s Honeysuckle Beach.
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    Hayden, ID 13 October 2017
    City of Trees Marathon
    Held at Park Center Park, this marathon kicks off at 8 a.m. This is a timed event,and is a USATF certified course, so this can serve as a Boston or New York Marathon Qualifier. Runner go under the fall canopy on the Boise Greenbelt, getting the changing season view of the park and Boise River. There are plenty of aid stations, along with sport drinks and gels offered along the course.
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    Boise, ID 12 October 2018
    Onward Shay Boise Marathon
    This marathon is a Boston Qualifier, where participants run in the heart of downtown Boise on its flat and fast course. It is Wizard of Oz-themed, so feel free t dress in costume. This marathon raises money for finding a cure for cancer, specifically multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.
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    Boise, ID 28 October 2018

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and most long distance runners subscribe to this distance.  In 2017 there are currently more than 800 running events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Idaho? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is. Many runners also expressed interest in the "goodies" and sponsorship gifts at the finishline. This can vary from running shoes to resistance bands, headphones and much more.

    What are the best Marathons in Idaho?

    There are many to choose from here as Idaho is host to many Marathon races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon in Boise, the Teton Dam Marathon, and the Salmon Marathon.

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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    Pulse Endurance Runs
    This 100 mile race is done completely on trails, consisting of a 2.5 mile “lollipop loop” on the boarder of the Boise River and Eagle Island pond. There is a 32 hour cut off, with lots of crew support for every lap.
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    Eagle, ID 1 January 1970
    Weiser River Trail 50K Ultra and Relay
    This 50k race starts in Middle and ends in Council along the Weister River Trail. Run through the open farmland and through canyons in this scenic race. This is an event for Ultra beginners since there is little elevation.
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    Council, ID 14 April 2018
    Priest Lake 50k
    Great for marathoners looking to increase their distance, this 50k trail run has a moderate elevation gain. Runners complete the marathon course then do an addition 4.8 miles out and back loop. Participants receive a finisher medal and a t-shirt.
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    Priest Lake, ID 12 May 2018
    Scout Mountain Ultra Trail
    Participants of the Scout Mountain Ultra can sign up for ta 100 mile, 50 mile or 21 mile race. The 100 mile race starts Friday at the Lead Draw Trailhead of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and the latter two on Saturday at the Gibson Jack Trailhead. Because of the time of year, expect touch course conditions and unpredictable weather like snow. There are aid stations, drop bag service and pacers along the way.
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    Pocatello, Idaho 1 January 1970
    River of No Return Endurance Runs
    This is either a 108k, 50k or 25k ultra starts and finished at the Challis City Park. Along the way, runners might spot elk, deer and bears, on this tough course. There is multiple aid stations and support along the way. Make sure to register before June 1 before the race fills up.
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    Challis, Idaho 16 June 2018
    To Bone and Back Ultra Marathon
    This Ultra is popular one in 8-person relay teams where each runner runs with a Bone baton for 5 miles and hands off to the next teammate. The race starts in Summit Orthopedics, taking runners through hills and past farms. There are aid stations every 2.5 miles, and t-shirts are given to those who register before June 1.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 23 June 2018
    Standhope Ultra Challenge
    Runners can run with a 60k or 30k race through the Pioneer Mountains. This is a difficult race, with high-altitudes and should be for only advanced long distance runners who have completed 50 or 100ks. Even the 30k is tough, and should not be taken lightly.
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    Sun Valley, ID 11 August 2018
    Moscow Mountain Madness
    The name says it all for this Ultra. It consists of a challenging run on trails and roads that includes hills. There is a 7 a.m. start time, but there is no headphones or dogs allowed. Enjoy post-race refreshments after completing.
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    Moscow, ID 9 September 2018
    Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival
    The IMTUF100 has a 6 a.m. MST start time, with a 36 hour cutoff time. The course includes a loop in the Salmon River Mountains. There are beautiful views, but steep climbing which makes it a brutal race at time. Also expect to see lots of wildlife.
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    McCall, ID 15 September 2018
    Gnarly Bear Endurance Run
    Participants can either run a 25 or 50k, with the start and finish being at the base of Kelly Canyon ski slopes. Runners go through what is called "The Roller Coaster,” the double track section before getting to a dirt road and face a hill. Crew support is allowed, and finishers will get some cool swag.
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    Ririe, ID 13 October 2018
  • Other Races to Consider
    Name City Date Website
    The Color Vibe 5k
    This fun run is all about enjoying the day in color. Participants get blasted with color along the course, and enjoy a post-race dance party. This is a great event to do with friends. Check back at the race’s website for the official run date.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 15 August 2018
    Bubble Run
    Get dirty and enjoy the bubbles during this fun run. Waves of races start every 3 to 5 minutes where participants run, walk or dance through way through the course. This is like one big party that is more about having run than racing.
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    Boise, ID 2 June 2018
    The Great Inflatable Race
    Held at Russ Freeman Park, this fun run consist of a 5k that have inflatable obstacles along the way. These include ball pits, “the Castle of Doom,” slides and more. This event is all about getting outside, being healthy and having a good time.
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    Idaho Falls, ID 2 June 2018
    Spartan Boise Spartan
    Challenge your body and mind in this 3+ mile sprint obstacle race. Even though it is the shorter Spartan race when it comes to distance, it is one of the most popular with 20-23 obstacles. Completing the event will get participants one step closer to gaining a Spartan Trifecta.
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    Boise, ID 23 June 2018
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