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Idaho > Dry Creek Half Marathon
Boise, ID  •  Saturday, June 16, 2012  •  Course Map

Hilly, tough and challenging thanks to its race route through the Boise foothills just north of Idaho's capital city, the Dry Creek Half Marathon & Kids' 1-Mile Fun Run features a mix of different terrains -- including paved roads, crushed gravel surfaces and natural dirt trails through the mountains -- as well as elevation changes that will pose a daunting test for even the most experienced runners.

The race takes runners along the trail system that winds its way through Boise's Hidden Springs area, just north of downtown. Runners follow an out-and-back single-loop route for the race, starting and finishing at Boise's Dry Creek Mercantile near Hidden Springs Drive, making what amounts to a long, roughly 13.1-mile loop through the foothills from the starting line all the way back to the finish (race organizers report that while the distance is approximate, it is as close to 13.1 miles as it is possible to measure in such uneven terrain).

Past runners in the Dry Creek Half Marathon describe it as nothing less than a very tough and challenging race, evidenced by the total climb in elevation of roughly 1,900 feet over the course of the race. Runners can expect a significant climb between the starting line and the second mile marker, followed by some minor hills between miles 2 and 4 and then a long, steady uphill stretch between mile markers 4 and 6.

But then it's back uphill again, and this time the climb is significantly steeper, taking runners from roughly 3,000 feet above sea level just after the mile 5 marker to over 3,500 feet above sea level between miles 8 and 9. After that, the race course thankfully begins a long, mostly downhill back toward the finish line (with the exception of one final hill between mile markers 10 and 11). Along the way, the course itself offers the majestic natural beauty of the Boise foothills, with wide-open expanses that allow you to see for miles in all directions.

More than 220 runners crossed the finish line in the half-marathon alone at the race's spring 2010 running, a sign that this race tends to attract truly committed and experienced trail runners. The day's events also include a one-mile fun run for kids, which shares the same starting and finish line as the half-marathon, and takes participants on an out-and-back run along the first mile of the half.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the winding Boise River in southwestern Idaho, about 280 miles west of Idaho Falls and roughly 380 miles south of Coeur d'Alene, Boise typically sees June temperatures that average between 81°F and 54°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3/4 of an inch for the month. On the day of the race (June 16), the average high is 81°F and the average low is 54°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Dry Creek Half Marathon


$38 for pre-registered runners
$48 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the early summer 2012 running of Boise's Dry Creek Half Marathon, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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