Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
3.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
3.7
SWAG
2.3
The Boise Marathon (formerly known as Onward Shay!) is a Boston-qualifying marathon which weaves through the scenic neighborhoods of beautiful Boise, Idaho. This fast, flat course is guaranteed fun for runners of any level. The Wizard of Oz theme paired with the great course guarantees that runners of any level … MORE
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    rma2001 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a race that I will come back to in order to go for a BQ time. I went out gunning for a big PR and blew up, but … MORE

    This is a race that I will come back to in order to go for a BQ time. I went out gunning for a big PR and blew up, but the course lends itself to a fast time. No crowds to weave through and for the marathon, the course was marked well. I heard some of the other distances had some confusion. It is pretty much as flat as it can be but all on the greenbelt. The organization and communication could be better. I’m not sure if it was because it taken over this year by another org but the website info was a little lacking. There was no running through neighborhoods or the city. Putting the address to the start area and expo would be helpful for out of town runners.

    Packet pick up was easy but swag/expo wasn’t much, just a long sleeve cotton blend shirt. The great thing about a small race was it was easy to wear the prerace warm clothes right up to the start time and drop them at the gear check. I got registered super early for a steal of a price so no real complaints here.
    Post race, the medal was nice and food and drink were easily available.

    Boise is a really nice city. Since I am going for all 50 states, I generally wouldn’t do a race twice, but this is one I will to come back to for a PR/BQ attempt.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2

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    kcmcq18 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The initial description of this race said it went through the city, neighborhoods, and greenbelt, but the course was all on the greenbelt, which was scenic at first but repetitive … MORE

    The initial description of this race said it went through the city, neighborhoods, and greenbelt, but the course was all on the greenbelt, which was scenic at first but repetitive after awhile.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    demman1024 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Expo was super small, not much there but the people were very nice all around. I stayed in a hotel close enough to walk (Hampton) and everything was pretty easy … MORE

    Expo was super small, not much there but the people were very nice all around. I stayed in a hotel close enough to walk (Hampton) and everything was pretty easy logistics wise. The race was beautiful! It was along a course that spent a lot of miles by the river and through a green belt. It had several loops but it was so nice I didn’t mind! The only issue I had was that it was not well marked in the final miles. I went the wrong direction twice which cost me a BQ— missed it by 1:50. I ran with 4:20 pacers and they made the miles fly by. The Wizard of Oz theme was pretty cute, especially the MC being costumed as the Wizard!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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