RACE TO ROBIE CREEK
It makes you wonder if voting for this category happened before this years race, which was run under ridiculously hot temperatures and sun that wilted most of the 2,400 competitors.
The dont-know-what-to-expect-weather is just one of the many variables that makes this 35-year-old race one of the bucket list items for people in the Treasure Valley.
The annual half-marathon takes place on the third Saturday of April, meaning you could get temperatures from the 30s to the 80s, depending on the year. Most runners and walkers would prefer dry, cool weather as they tackle what is billed as the toughest half-marathon in the Northwest.
What makes it tough is a grueling, steady climb from Fort Boise Park, up Reserve Street, to Shaw Mountain Road to Rocky Canyon Road. The latter is a dirt road that winds up a canyon and eventually crosses the Aldape Summit, some 4,797 feet above sea level.
The way down is just as difficult. The steep portions are a test to the quads and toes of all participants, who cant wait for the finish and party at Robie Creek Park.
In addition to being tough to endure, its even tougher to get registered. This year, the race numbers sold out in less than 10 minutes. The race is for a good cause local charities received more than $50,000 from the Race to Robie Creek.
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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, www.komenboise.org
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