Race to Robie Creek®

Sat April 15, 2023 Boise, ID 83701 US
Frequently Asked Questions

Future Race Dates?

The Race to Robie Creek® is traditionally held the 3rd Saturday in April starting at 12 p.m - noon - Mountain Time. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022, with a 12 p.m- noon start.  2023 race is on April 15, 2023, 12 p.m- noon start, race always starts at 12 p.m- noon.   

When does registration open?

Registration for 2022 opens on President's Day, February 21, 2022 at 12 p.m.- noon (MT). Runsignup.com handles our online registration. The link for sign up will be on www.robiecreek.com.  Don't be late!  For those who donated their entry fees in 2020, a link to sign up early was sent in mid-January 2022.

What is the registration fee?

For 2022, registration costs $65.00 plus an online transaction fee.

Is the race requiring participants to be vaccinated?

Yes, all race participants and volunteers will need to have proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to Packet Pickup.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

In order to be fully vaccinated for race day, all race participants and volunteers must have received their second shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on or before April 2, 2022. A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted as a substitute for proof of full vaccination.

What other COVID-19 protocols will be instituted?

Masks are recommended to be worn at Packet Pickup as well as the race start and finish. Masks that cover your nose and mouth will be required for all persons while riding the bus from the finish to either Spring Shores or Idaho Parks and Recreation parking lots. A mask will be given out to participants when boarding the buses.  

There will not be a post-race party at the finish area, however we will be there to celebrate your finish by providing finishers with race schwag, snacks, and drinks. Only volunteers will be allowed in the finish area, sorry no spectators this year.

If you are not feeling well, have any symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the preceding 5 days, or are otherwise recommended to quarantine or isolate, participants should not attend or participate in the race.

Where can I park?

There is no parking at the finish for race participants. On the morning of the race or the night before the race, you can park a vehicle at either Spring Shores Marina (9725 E. Highway 21, Boise, ID), which is off of Highway 21, across from the high bridge past Lucky Peak, or Idaho Parks and Recreation (5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID - aka Shakespeare parking lot).  We will bus out race participants from the finish area to one of these two parking lots after the race. We do not run a bus from either parking lot to the race start on race morning.  Best to hitch a ride to the start with anyone going that way, lots of people will be dropping of a car. You also can park at the start and make a friend in the bus line and hitch a ride back to the start - we do not run a bus to the start area. until the very last bus out of the finish around 6 p.m.   For more information, please see Transportation tab on this website.

Where does the race start?

The race starts at the back of Fort Boise Park (600 Garrison Rd., Boise, ID 83702), near Reserve Street and Scout Lane at high noon, you can’t miss it. 

Will the start run on Fort Street or through the VA?

For 2022, we will use the course that turns right onto Collins Road heading to the VA, turning right on N. Collins Road/South VA Loop, turning right through the access road past the Idaho State Veteran’s Home, turning right on Mountain Cove Road, and turning left onto Reserve Road. The remainder of the course heading up Shaw Mtn. Road to Rocky Canyon is the same.  This is the same route we used in 2018.

Can I bring a bag to the finish? 

Yes, we have what we call the "Toad Mobile Bus."  We will be using a Bus this year as our Toad Mobile.  Place your bag in the bus before you start and it will be delivered to the finish area. Please NO GLASS or valuables in your bag.  You may want to make sure your name is on your bag. The Toad Mobile will transport your bag to the finish line and they will be sorted by color right inside the finish area park off to the left. The Race to Robie Creek® and Rocky Canyon Sail Toads, Ink. are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or broken items in your bag.

How long is this race? 

The Race to Robie Creek® is a half marathon, 13.1 miles, with 8.5 miles of steady to steep climbing followed by 4.6 miles of downhill. This is not a walk in the park, but you can walk the steep and not be alone.

Are there runners and walkers?

Yes, there are both runners and walkers. All participants must be able to finish the course within 5 hours. We will stop timing the event at 5:00 p.m. (MT). The race director and medical/safety personnel have the authority to remove any participant from the course for medical reasons or who will not be able to complete the course in 5 hours.

What if I have a duplicate entry?

If you ended up with 2 or more race numbers, the extra ones will be deleted. It does not matter how you got more than one, we will delete any duplicate entries. The number will not be available for you to sell or transfer to someone else. Please make sure you only enter once. 

Is the field limited?

Yes, the field is limited. Due to the particular logistics of the event as well as the time and space limitations of the finish area and shuttle buses, we must limit the number of participants.

What if I missed the registration day?   

We did not do a Wait List for 2022.  We do allow for transfers of race numbers, typically each year 200 or so race numbers will be sold, traded, or given away. Be on the lookout for Robie race numbers, they will be available.  The transfer process is all online and very simple and quick. Look at the details on our website.  Keep training, there are usually race numbers available to be transferred.

Are there t-shirts?

There are finishers shirts given out at the race finish. You will get the size you signed up for or the size that the person whose number you transferred signed up for.  We want to ensure the last walker to finish gets the medium that they signed up for.  There is a t-shirt trading area at the finish for people to exchange sizes if needed. T-shirts are unisex sizes. 

Can I buy or transfer someone's race number?

Yes! Check out the online transfer information link on the website.  The Seller will start the transfer process from their race confirmation   The registration will transfer to the new owner and you can change your shirt size and name on the race number until March 15, 2022. After March 15, you will get the shirt size of the original purchaser and you will get a new race number without a custom name on it.  For more information, please see Race Number Transfer tab on this website.

For transfers completed after March 15,  please check in at our Trouble Table at Packet Pickup to be assigned a new Race Number.  We will have a list of the transfers.   

You can transfer your race number to another participant on our website for $10 or in person at packet pickup on April 13, 2022 for $10. The new participant will pay the $10.00 fee plus the original entry fee $65.00 and a online fee of $5.85. Online transfers must be done before 7:00 p.m. on April 13, 2022.  No Transfers on Race Day.   

Can I pick up a friend’s race number at Packet Pickup?

For 2022, each participant will need to pick up their own race number. You can pick up your race number at Packet Pickup on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 4 to 8 pm or at the race start on Saturday, April 16, 2022 starting at 9:45 am  New location for Packet Pickup for 2022, Boise Plaza Building, 1111 W. Jefferson, Downtown Boise.  

Are there aid stations? 

Yes, water and fruit provided at aid stations. Gatorade will be served at the finish and may be provided at some aid stations.  If it's a hot day, you may want to think about bringing a drink of your choice.  Medical assistance will be near aid stations. If you are need assistance or need to withdraw from the race, please go to the nearest aid station.

Are there awards?

Awards are given to the top 3 male and female finishers and to the 1st place male and female masters finishers - over age 40.  Age group awards will be in 5 year age increments, beginning with ages 14 to 19, 20 to 24, etc. - up to age 80 and above.  The Sail Toads suggest children under the age of 14 do not run this race, however, we don't limit their entry and will not give awards to finishers under the age of 14.  All awards will be based off your Gun Time, so please seed yourself at the start in the appropriate location.  The 2022 race will have a mass start.    

Can I wear headphones? 

You may wear them if you must.  But be warned, the road is open and will have traffic, please be cautious.  Better yet, leave them at home and make a friend along the course!

How do I get bused out of the finish?

We bus out everyone from the finish to the Springs Shores Marina and then we will run another group of buses that will runs a loop down to the Idaho Parks and Rec. (aka Shakespeare) parking lot on Warm Springs.  

Does the race contribute to charities?

The Rocky Canyon Sail Toads put this race on because we love it.  We try to put on the best race possible for all involved. Our goal is not charity first, it is the race, which we try to make the best. But the race has been successful, so we donate all the money we have left over. From the 2019 race we donated $85,000 - not bad when it is really not your #1 goal.   We have been able to donate over $1 million dollars in our history.  Thank you all for making it happen.  All the Rocky Canyon Sail Toads are volunteers. No one is paid. 

What if I have a complaint?

Please send us an email (on this web page - contact us), a message through facebook or our mailing address is Race to Robie Creek, P.O. Box 205, Boise, Idaho 83701. We don't have a phone. 

Are there port-a-potties?

Yes, there are port-a-potties and sanitation stations at the start, finish, and many along the course. 



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