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Race to Robie Creek®

Sat April 19, 2025 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. (high noon) Mountain Time. The 2024 Race will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, with a 12 p.m. start.  2025 Race is on April 19, 2025, with a 12 p.m. start, Race always starts at noon.


When does registration open?

Registration opens on President's Day, Monday, February 19, 2024, at 12 p.m.- noon (MT). handles our online registration. The link to register will be at  Don't be late!  


What is the registration fee?

For 2024, registration is $70.00 plus an online transaction fee.  


Can I register a friend?

When you register yourself you may register a friend by clicking the Add Another Registrant tab at the bottom of the entry form.  Please have the needed information before registering additional participants.  T-Shirt size, Birthday, Email, Phone, Etc, and enter them in their name.   You will be signing the waiver for them.      


Are there safety protocols? 

We encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines.  If you are not feeling well, participants, volunteers, or spectators should not attend or participate in any part of the Race.


Where can I park?

There is no parking at the Race Finish for participants, volunteers, or spectators. We bus our participants, spectators, and volunteers from the Finish area to the parking lots at Spring Shores Marina and Idaho Parks and Recreation/Idaho Shakespeare after the race.  Only the very last bus out of the Finish area (around 6 p.m.) returns to the Race Start. 

On the morning of the Race or the evening before (after 6:00 p.m.), you can park a vehicle at either Spring Shores Marina (74 Arrowrock Road, 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 do not provide transportation from either parking lot to the Race Start.  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.   For more information, please see Transportation tab on this website.


Spectators to the finish area?   

Anyone wishing to go to the Finish Area must have a valid Spectator Bus Pass in order to board a shuttle bus from either Spring Shores Marina or Idaho Parks and Recreation and partake at the Post Race Party. Race participants, volunteers, and children under the age of 3 do NOT need a Spectator Bus Pass. A limited number of Spectator Bus Passes can be purchased online at the time of registration and are limited to 1 per participant.  Additional Spectator Bus Passes can be purchased at packet pick-up, the race start, race morning, beginning at 9:45 a.m. 


Where is 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, you can’t miss it. 


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

For 2024, the course will go through the VA.  Participants will leave Fort Boise Park, turn right onto Collins Road heading to the VA, turn right on N. Collins Road/South VA Loop, turn right through the access road past the Idaho State Veteran’s Home, turn right on Mountain Cove Road, and turn left onto Reserve Road. The remainder of the course heading up Shaw Mtn. Road to Rocky Canyon is the same.


Can I bring a bag to the finish? 

We have what we call the "Toad Mobile" that brings bags to the Finish.  Place your bag in the "Toad Mobile" at the 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 bags will be sorted by color right inside the Finish area off to the right. 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?

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. 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.  Please do not enter if you can not complete the course in 5 hours. 


What if I have a duplicate entry?

If you ended up with 2 or more Race entries, 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, we will be watching.   


Is the field limited?

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 allow for transfers of Race Numbers. Each year approximately 200 Race Numbers are sold, traded, or given away at Packet Pickup. Be on the lookout for Race Numbers, they will be available.  The transfer process is online and is fairly simple, see Transfers tab on this website.  Keep training, there are usually Race Numbers available.


Are there shirts?

There are finisher 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 shirt trading area at the Finish for people to exchange sizes if needed. The shirts are unisex sizes. 


Can I buy or transfer someone's Race Number?

Yes!  The Seller will start the transfer process from their race confirmation with  The registration will transfer to the new owner and you can change your shirt size and name on the Race Number until March 15, 2024. 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 the 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 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 for $10. The new participant will pay the $10.00 fee plus the original entry cost and an online processing fee. Online transfers must be done before 7:00 p.m. on April 17, 2024.  No Transfers on Race Day!   


Can I pick up a friend’s Race Number at Packet Pickup?

You can pick up a friend's Race Number so long as you have a copy of their Race Number confirmation email.


Are there aid stations? 

Yes, water and fruit will be 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 on GUN Time, please appropriately seed yourself at the 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 your earbuds at home and make a new friend along the course!  You may meet your new running partner.


How do I get bused out of the finish?

All participants, spectators, and volunteers will take a bus from the Finish to the Springs Shores Marina... you cannot miss the bus line at the Finish. We then run another group of buses that loops down to the Idaho Parks and Recreation (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.  We have been able to donate over $1.2 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 (see contact us on this website), a message through Facebook or Instagram, or by mail to Race to Robie Creek®, P.O. Box 205, Boise, Idaho 83701.   Sorry we don't have a phone.    


Are there port-a-potties?

There are port-a-potties and sanitation stations at the Start, Finish, and many along the course. More than you would expect! Look for the Standing Room Only Unit for the men at the start, it will speed up all the lines.      



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