Ready or not, it's time to Race to Robie Creek

STATESMAN STAFFApril 20, 2013 

Runners head up Reserve Street during the 2011 Race to Robie Creek.

CHRIS BUTLER — Statesman file

At high noon, approximately 2,400 runners and walkers will start from Fort Boise and begin tackling a half marathon touted as the toughest in the Northwest.

ROAD CLOSURES: Shaw Mountain Road will be closed early Saturday. Organizers said there will be a "rolling closure," and the road will reopen as competitors pass. Organizers also ask that cyclists stay off the course during the race.

COURSE CONDITIONS: The first mile past Aldape Summit, from approximately 8› miles in to 9› miles, could be muddy because of Friday's rain. "The rest of the road is very sandy, so it can handle the rain without any issues at all," Robie committee member Brian Rencher said. "It will actually help pull the dust down a little bit, and it will be just right."

WEATHER: The forecast calls for temperatures in the low 50s at noon, with winds around 10-15 mph. "It's looking like it's going to be a perfect day, actually," Rencher said.

TO ROBIE OR NOT ROBIE: Race organizers like to keep details of the start under wraps, but it's clear that this year's ceremony will have a Shakespearean theme.

"We'll have some true actors from the Idaho Shakespeare Festival," Rencher said. "We got them involved, and it should be fun."

The start of the 36th annual race also will include a tribute to those killed and injured near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon. Details also remain secret, but Rencher said the tribute "will be fitting for the situation."

A band will begin playing at 10 a.m., and the starting line ceremony will start at approximately 11:40 a.m., allowing runners and walkers to hit the course at noon.

"They are ready to go," Rencher said.

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