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Boisean questions own sanity with plan to run Boston Marathon, Robie five days apart

The Race to Robie Creek starts its 2018 Odyssey

The Race to Robie Creek began at noon on Saturday at Fort Boise Park. This year's theme was "2018: A Race Odyssey."
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The Race to Robie Creek began at noon on Saturday at Fort Boise Park. This year's theme was "2018: A Race Odyssey."

There is a degree of masochism necessary to run the Race to Robie Creek, but Erik Teig has taken that notion to an entirely different level.

The 35-year-old Boise resident signed up for the ultimate double whammy this week, choosing to run the Boston Marathon on Monday and the Race to Robie Creek on Saturday.

“Sometimes I question my sanity,” Teig told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday while still in Boston. “I fly back (to Boise) today and then I am actually in San Francisco for work on Thursday and Friday. I get back late Friday night and then I’ll pick my head up off the pillow and hopefully my legs work on Saturday.”

[Click here for full results of the 2019 race; learn more about the two winners]

The 42nd annual Race to Robie Creek begins at noon Saturday at Fort Boise and covers 13.1 miles, including an elevation climb of 2,072 feet to Aldape Summit. This year’s race has a superhero theme, and runners are encouraged to dress accordingly.

Teig was Idaho’s fastest runner at the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon this week, finishing 82nd overall in a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 37 seconds. It was his first time running Boston, but his sixth marathon overall.

“You hear of big events happening in cities and the people who live there leave the city when it’s happening because it’s a nuisance rather than something they enjoy,” Teig said. “But every Uber driver, every volunteer, everybody you talk to in all of Boston just celebrates that you ran it. There’s just a genuineness to the enthusiasm around the event. To have the number of people who come out and yell for you and cheer you on, I haven’t run anything like it.”

Teig ran collegiately at Minnesota State, but said he suffered numerous injuries throughout his career and felt as though he never fully reached his potential. He has since worked to satiate his competitive bug through running events like Robie and Boston.

“Most of my friends and family are confused by just doing one of the events,” Teig said. “Both of them together is extra confusing. They kind of laugh about it.”

While the idea of tackling both races in the same week might sound extreme, Teig isn’t the only runner in Saturday’s Robie field attempting to pull off the feat.

According to Robie race organizer Brian Rencher, at least two others have plans to run both races. Robie committee member Ray Mullenax, 52, of Boise, finished the Boston Marathon about an hour behind Teig in 3:38:05. And 54-year-old Sandra Spence, of Star, clocked a time of 3:54.25. Both are registered to run Robie on Saturday.

“You need a good masseuse and a little bit of courage to do that,” Rencher said. “Just to go back and run Boston and run 26.2 miles and then turn around and run a real hard half (marathon) like this is.”

Saturday will be Teig’s third time running Robie. He finished second in 2016 and won the race in 2017, but he doesn’t expect to contend for the win this time around and is more focused on the experience.

“Having done Robie a couple of times, it’s the most fun race in Boise,” Teig said. “I don’t want to miss that party.”

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Rachel Roberts has been covering sports for the Idaho Statesman since 2005. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and is Boise born and raised.

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