Pre-Race Day Check-In (Packet Pick-Up) at TownePlace Suites, 1415 S Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID
September 8: Noon - 7pm
Race Day Check-In (Packet Pick-Up at Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N Gary Ln, Garden City, ID 83714):
September 9: 5:00 - 6:00 am
Buses to the start (Pick up at Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N Gary Ln, Garden City, ID 83714):
Marathon and Half: 5:30 - 6:00 am
Buses will have signs on them stating marathon or half, don't get on the wrong bus
Marathon Race Start (Pioneer Condos at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, 1750 N Bogus Basin Rd, Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629): 7:20 am
Half Race Start (Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, ID): 7:45 am
Eleven of them for the marathon and five for the half, serving water, gatorade, and a variety of food options.
Our host hotel that gives our runners significant discounts for staying with them: TownePlace Suites Boise West/Meridian, 1415 S Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83642. You will need to select the dates for your state and in the Corporate / Promo option for Special Rates enter L0E (that is capital L, the number 0, and capital E). The location of the hotel is Meridian, ID. Your special rate is $89 and normally the hotel books for $129 to $169.
Parking / Buses
Marathon and half pick up at Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N Gary Ln, Garden City, ID 83714. Plenty of parking lot parking is available, as well as street parking on Gillis Rd. Please be there before 6:00am if you are in the marathon and 6:15am if you are in the half, it's an uphill climb for the buses. You are welcome to have someone drop you off at the start instead of taking a bus up, we just ask that drivers take off before the race starts so they aren't driving through all of the runners to get back down. There will be a bus giving rides from Highlands Elementary (half finish line) back to Riverglen Jr High (bus pick up and marathon finish).
One of the buses will also be servicing TownePlace Suites. For morning pick up, the bus will be in front of the hotel at 5am and will leave at 5:15am. From there it will head to Riverglen Jr High to pick up some additional runners and let off anyone who is in the half marathon so they can switch to the half bus. From there it will head to the marathon starting line.
After you are finished, a bus will make a few trips from Riverglen to TownePlace Suites leaving Riverglen at 10:15am, noon, and 1pm. Those of you who are ready after that we will have a volunteer shuttle you back to TownePlace Suites.
Stoplights / Intersections
The intersections you cross that involve stoplights will be controlled by certified flaggers, as long as you are on pace for finishing the marathon in 6 hours or less. Those that are slower than a 6 hour pace will have to follow proper traffic laws their last few miles.
What type of course is this?
This is primarily a road course, over 24 miles are paved and the out and back section a couple miles in are packed gravel / dirt. It is fast, most of it being downhill for the first 20 miles. We really encourage you to do at least some downhill training before race day. You will have a very decent shot at a PR or BQ or NYC as long as you know what to expect from a largely downhill course.
Is it really that fast?
Well findmymarathon.com thinks so - check out their comparison calculator and fastest marathon list as well while you're there.
Can I camp up at the start?
There is the Pioneer Condominiums which may have some availability as well as the Shafer Butte Campground. Pioneer Condos you could basically walk out your front door and be at the starting line. Just make sure you've got a ride back up there after you finish.
Are there portapotties at the start?
Yes we will have enough for everyone to take their "nervous bladder just before the race starts" pee. =)
Can I qualify for Boston on this course?
Yes this is a Boston qualifying course USATF certified course.
Can I qualify for NYC on the half?
Yes it is a USATF certified course and can use it for NYC.