RACE TO ROBIE CREEK
Every spring in the Treasure Valley, there are a few givens.
The snow will start melting off Bogus Basin.
Lawns will start turning from brown to green.
Runners will ask each other, "Are you going to run Robie this year?"
"It's a rite of spring," Race to Robie Creek committee member Brian Rencher said.
Rencher was talking about both the race itself and the decision by runners whether to do the half-marathon billed as the toughest in the Northwest.
"It's a challenging course, and it's challenging to get into," he said.
Indeed, half the battle is registering for the event, which is limited to about 2,400 runners each year. Race numbers sell out in a matter of minutes.
But those who make the grueling climb up and down Aldape Summit (4,797 feet above sea level) know that they have participated in something special.
Walk into a serious runner's house anywhere in the Treasure Valley and you're likely to see a Robie bib hanging prominently somewhere.
"It's a fun event," Rencher said.
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