Idaho > Tin Cup Challenge Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K & 5K
Driggs, ID • Saturday, July 20, 2013 • Course Map
NOTE: The marathon, half marathon and relay races in the Tin Cup Challenge have been cancelled for 2013. The race will still host its 10K and 5K races in 2013.
Located just outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is the Teton Valley region that straddles the border between Idaho and Wyoming, and is perhaps known best for its gorgeous landscapes and stunning views of the majestic peaks of the Grand Tetons off in the distance.
The area's breathtaking scenery plays host in the mid-summer to the 6th annual running of the Tin Cup Challenge races, featuring a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 10K and 5K run and walk, all to benefit a series of local non-profit organizations. Both the full and the half marathons take runners across the two states, back and forth between the small Idaho city of Driggs and areas just across the border in nearby Alta, Wyoming.
Known for its abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, this section of Eastern Idaho is home to some of the best-known trout fishing streams anywhere in the world, which makes the Teton Valley a mecca for fly fishing as well as for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking in the famed Caribou-Targhee National Forest that circles the city. Although its peak tourist months fall during ski season, the town also hosts festivals, wine tasting and a range of city-wide biking and fishing events year-round.
The Tin Cup Challenge Half Marathon course presents runners with a chance to climb the expansive rolling hills that the area is known for and travel through scenic barley fields that are lined with wildflowers. Half marathoners should expect nearly 90 percent of the course to be paved with about 10 percent of the route to be run on dirt surfaces. The course presents runners with plentiful challenging climbs, so those looking to participate in the event should prepare accordingly.
Runners taking on the Tin Cup Challenge will begin the race at Driggs City Park, located just a block away from Main Street. Starting at 8:00 AM, the race begins by taking runners east along Ski Hill Road right along the Teton Creek for a scenic and well shaded route.
Half marathoners will make a loop on the flat landscapes of Kaufman Road and head back along the creek towards the finish line area. Runners will continue along their starting path and are set to finish back in Driggs City Park.
While the course follows a simple out-and-back loop, the challenging hills will make it anything but a simple race. Runners will follow a long, gradual uphill ascent that climbs some 400 feet between the start and the half-way point; after that, runners have an equally long and gradual descent in the second half of the race as they head back toward Driggs City Park for the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the state's southeastern corner near the Wyoming border, about 70 miles northeast of Idaho Falls and roughly 30 miles northwest of Jackson, Wyo., Driggs typically sees July temperatures that average between 46°F and 79°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1.25 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (July 20), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 80°F.
View the race route map for the Tin Cup Challenge Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2013 running of Driggs's Tin Cup Challenge 10K or 5K race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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