Race to Robie Creek®

Sat April 18, 2020 Boise, ID US 83702 Directions
Frequently Asked Questions

Future Race Dates?

44th Race to Robie Creek® is on April 17, 2021 

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

Where can I park?

There is no parking at the finish for race participants, spectators or volunteers. 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, guests and volunteers 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 start of the race 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 in northeast Boise. The race 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 I bring a bag to the finish? 

Yes, we have what we call the "Toad Mobile."  You will see the big brown UPS truck at the start.  Place your bag in the truck 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.

How long is this race? 

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

Are there runners and walkers?

Yes, there are both runners or walkers.   All participants should be able to finish within 5 hours.  We will stop timing the event at 5:00 p.m.  

When does registration open?

Registration for 2019 opens on President's Day, February 18, 2019 at 12 Noon (MST). Runsignup.com handles our online registration.The link for sign up will be on www.robiecreek.com.  Don't be late!  

What is the registration fee?

For 2019, registration costs $60.00 plus an online transaction fee.

What if I have a duplicate entry?

If you ended up with 1 or more race number, 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, for our 42nd year, the race field will be 2,442.   

What if i missed the registration day?   

Don't give up and sign up for the Wait List. The Wait List will open once the race fills on registration day.  There is no cost to join the Wait List, however, you can only sign up once.  We also allow for transfers of race numbers, typically each year 300 or so race numbers will be sold, traded or given away. Be on the look out for Robie race numbers, they will be available.  DO NOT pay more than face value, we have seen race numbers given away for free at packet pickup.  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. 

Who needs Spectator Bus Pass?

If you have a race number, you DO NOT need a Spectator Bus Pass. If you would like a friend or family member to come to the finish, you need to buy them a Spectator Bus Pass. Age 3 and under do not need a pass, however, no strollers are allowed on the bus.  A Spectator Bus Pass costs $12.00 and is sold at registration. You can only buy 1 Spectator Bus Pass when you register on a first come, first served basis.  We don't have room for everyone at the finish area so we have to limit the crowd.  We only have 750 Spectator Bus Passes available. If you purchased a Spectator Bus Pass it will be attached to your race number at packet pickup, 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 remaining Spectator Bus Passes, they will be sold at packet pickup on April 17, 2019.

How does a spectator or volunteer get bused into the finish?

Any spectators with a Spectator Bus Pass or any registered volunteers can board the buses which depart from Spring Shores Marina and Idaho Parks and Rec (Shakespeare) on Warm Springs. The buses depart from Spring Shores Marina beginning at 12:00 p.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. and from Idaho Parks and Rec. beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. After the last bus from the parking lots leave, there no more rides for spectators or volunteers into the finish, please don't even ask.  Please no dogs, cats, bikes, strollers or whiners on the bus.   For more information, please see Transportation tab of this website.

Can I buy or transfer someone's race number?

Check out the online transfer information link on the website.  Log in to your www.runsignup.com account and work thru the steps.  The race number will transfer to the new owner and you can change your shirt size and name on the bib until March 22, 2019. After March 22, you will get the shirt size of the original purchaser and their name will be on the bib.  A new bib will be issued at packet pickup for all race numbers transferred after March 22, 2019. Online transfers can take place until April 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  In person transfers can be done at packet pickup on April 17, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. 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 we can do it for you, but please let us help you before 1:30 p.m. on the 17th.  For more information, please see Race Number Transfer tab on this website.

Are there aid stations?

Yes, 10 of them, the first one is at Mile 2. Water and fruit provided at aid stations. Gatorade is available at the start and finish and may be provided at some aid stations.  Clif Bar support will be provided at the Mile 7 aid station. If it's a hot day, you may want to think about bringing a drink of your choice.  A map of the course and aid stations is under the Course section of this website.


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.   


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!

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.  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)  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 at the start, finish and many along the course. Click on the PDF below for a map. 



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