Location: Boise, ID US 83702 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
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Future Race Dates:

42nd Race to Robie Creek® is on April 20, 2019 

2020 - April 18th 

2021 - April 19th 

The race is always the 3rd Saturday in April - Start time will always be at 12 noon - Mountain Time

Where is Spring Shores Marina?

It's off of Highway 21, across from the high bridge past Lucky Peak. Robie is a logistical nightmare. Park in the morning at either the Spring Shores Marina at 9725 E Highway 21, Boise,  parking lot or the Idaho Parks and Recreation (AKA Shakespeare) parking lot which is at 5657 Warm Springs Ave. Boise and hitch a ride to the start with anyone going that way, lots of people will be dropping of a car. We do not run a bus from either parking lot to the start in the morning. You can park at the start and make a friend in the bus line and hitch a ride back to the start.  

Where does the race start?

The race starts at the back of Fort Boise Park in northeast Boise. The start is off Mountain Cove Road and Reserve Street on Scout Lane, you can’t miss it. Come early, we will have some fun.

Can we bring a bag to the finish for you? 

Yes, we have what we call the Toad Mobile.  You will see the big brown truck, at the start.  (Thanks to UPS for helping us out)  Throw your bag on before you start and it will be delivered to the finish area. (NO GLASS in your bag please; but make sure your name is in there, just in case). The Toad Mobile will transport your bag to the finish line, they will be sorted by color (other than black please). 

How long is this race? 

13.1 miles, the toughest half-marathon in the northwest and we are not kidding. This is not a walk in the park, but you can walk the steep, you will not be alone.

Are there runners and walkers?

No distinction on runners or walkers --- we have participants. You can go as slow as you would like within reason. But we are going to stop timing at 5 hours. So if you cannot walk it in less than 5 hours, please don't enter, at some point the volunteers want to go home.   Do not let yourself get talked into doing this if you are not ready. We want you to have a good time (fun that is).

When does registration open?

Registration for 2019 opens on-line at through Run Sign Up on President's Day, February 18, 2019 at 12 Noon (MST) sharp!

The link for sign up will be at on President's Day at noon.  Don't be late!  

What is the 2019 registration fee?

The 2018 fee was $60.00 plus $3.60 online fee. 2019 fees have not been set.

What if I have a duplicate entry?

If you ended up with 1 or more race number, the extra ones will be deleted, and you may face a $15.00 processing penalty. It does not matter how you got more than one, if you entered yourself and your boyfriend entered you and your mom also entered you, we are going to delete the duplicates. You will not have them to sell or transfer to someone else. Please make sure you only enter once. Don't come whining when the extra spots you thought you had are gone.

Is the field limited?

Yes the field will be limited, it will be our 42th year, maybe in the range of 2442.   If you have run before you know why we need a limit. For the 1st timers after you get to the finish you will understand. Our limit will be 2442 or as close as we can get. 

What if i missed the registration day? Wait List, it will be back for 2019   

Don't give up,  We allow for transfers, usually 300 or so will be selling, trading or giving their spot away. Be on the look out for Robie numbers, they will be available.   DO NOT pay more than face value, we have seen race entries given away for free at packet pick up.  Keep Training, when you are ready, a number will appear.    My guess the wait list we be back for 2019, with an adjustment or two.    it will open once our race is full, there is no cost to join.  You may only sign up for the Wait List once, we will be waiting.         

Are there T-shirts?

There are finishers shirts, that are given out at the finish. You will get the size you signed up for, so that 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. Just a heads up,  they are a uni-sex size.  Sorry no women's and men's sizing, we want to keep our t-shirt table crew happy !!  


Do I need a Spectator Bus Pass?

If you have a race number, you DO NOT need a spectator pass. If you would like a friend or spouse to see you drag yourself across the finish line, you need to buy them a spectator pass, they cost $12.00. You can only buy one when you sign up, they will sell out.  Sorry we do not have room for everyone in Boise at the finish and party, so you may only buy 1 pass.  We are only selling 750 passes, not everyone gets to buy one, 1st come 1st served. Again you only may buy 1 pass. Age 3 and under do not need a pass. If you ordered a spectator pass it will be stapled to your race number when you pick it up, either at the Basque Center on April 17th from 5 to 8 pm or at the start beginning at 9:30 am race morning. If we have any left we will sell on Wednesday night the 17th.

Can I buy or transfer someone's number?

Check out the online transfer information link on the website.  Log in to your account and work thru the steps.  The self transfer,   clean and easy,   the new owner will keep the original owners race number, and you can change your shirt size.   This process closes on March 15th,  after that date, it is back to the old process, April 17th at the Basque Center. If you did not do the new online transfer you back to the Basque Center on April 17th. That process must be done at packet pick up night, which will be on Wednesday night April 17th 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Basque Center. NO TRANSFERS ON RACE DAY. ALL TRANSFERS MUST BE DONE ON THE NIGHT OF APRIL 17TH. Not in town ? A friend can do it for you or send us an email and the email guy will do it for you, but please let us help you before 1:30 pm on the 17th.  As of early May 2018, our thought is we may keep the online transfer process open longer in 2019, but no worries until you find yourself looking for a race entry.   

Are there aid stations?

Yes, 10 of them. Water and fruit, no Gatorade except at the start and finish. 1st one is at mile 2,  Hot day ?  You may think about carrying your drink of choice.  We may add Gatorade at some of the stops, and CLIF Bar support will be at the 7 mile aid station. A map of the course & aid stations is under the Course section on this website.  Will let you know the Gatorade locations via our facebook page before race day. 

How does my spectator get bused into the finish?

They will need a Spectator pass, 1 per participant, order when you sign up, they are $12.00 each. IF YOU ARE RUNNING YOU DO NOT NEED ONE !!  KIDS 3 AND UNDER DO NOT NEED A PASS.   Spectator passes are for your friends and family to ride the bus into the finish and join us for the party, and picnic. Please no party crashers, we are watching you. Participants (runners and walkers) you will not need a ticket to get out. Please no dogs, cats, bikes, strollers or whiners on the bus. We will start busing folks in from both spring shores marina (across the high bridge past Lucky Peak ) and Idaho Parks and Rec lot on warm springs. The buses start at 12:15 pm and will bus people into the finish till about 2 pm. at 2:01 pm no more rides into the finish, ( 1:30 last bus from Parks and Rec lot ) please don't even ask. Please don't try to get to the finish after 2, the finish area will be full. 


Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in both women and men, and to the 1st place finisher in masters - over 40.  Age Group awards will be in 5 year age groups, starting with 14 to 19, 20 to 24, etc. - up to 80 and above.   The Sail Toads suggest that kids under the age of 14 do not run this race, but we don't limit their entry.  We have made the decision not to present awards to children under the age of 14.        

Headphones ? 

You may wear them if you must,  they are not banned,   but be warned,  the road is open and will have traffic, please do not get run over.  Better yet, leave them at home and make a friend along the course!  What ?  you say something ? 


How do I get bused out of the finish?

We are going to bus everyone back to Springs Shores parking lot and then we will run another group of buses that will run a loop down to the Idaho Parks and Rec. (aka Shakespeare) parking lot on Warm Springs.  You DO NOT need a spectator pass to ride the bus out if you ran over the hill.

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 2018 race we donated $82,500.00 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. One of a few races in the country this size which are all volunteer.

What if I have a complaint?

Please send us an email, ( via this web page, the contact us link, and my thought the best way )  a message through facebook ( a bit cumbersome ) 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?

We have got them, 35 at the start, and another 27 along the course. When you have to go, you have to go. and for 2018 we will have a couple of urinal stations for the guys, a group pee. Sorry gals, but it will speed up the lines, and remember gals, get in a line with lots of guys, those lines will go faster, and here is another plan - we do not want you to miss the fun start, while you are waiting in line. just hold it, there will be more at 2 miles and 3.5 miles.  Click on the PDF below for a map, everyone needs a map, somedays you need to plan your stops. 





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