Overall Rating
Overall Rating (13 Reviews)
4.5
(13 Ratings)(13 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.9
The Coeur d’Alene Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k run offers one of the most spectacular events in the country. At an elevation of 2200 feet above sea level, the resort community of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, resting on the shores of spectacular Lake Coeur d’Alene, welcomes visitors to one of … MORE
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    nickihalin FIRST-TIMER '20

    They did a great job holding a safe event while all other races were being canceled! Wonderful folks at the aid stations! Also, great engagement on social media leading up … MORE

    They did a great job holding a safe event while all other races were being canceled! Wonderful folks at the aid stations! Also, great engagement on social media leading up to the event. Tons of communication, never felt left out in the dark.

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    5
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    5
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    3

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    Girlierunner2015 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Swag? Amazing. Experience? So fun. Safety? Thorough and thoughtful. Scenery? Simply gorgeous. Negative Split did a lovely job of making this race safe AND fun. I will definitely be returning … MORE

    Swag? Amazing. Experience? So fun. Safety? Thorough and thoughtful. Scenery? Simply gorgeous. Negative Split did a lovely job of making this race safe AND fun. I will definitely be returning to run again in the future! 🙂

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    3
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    Tommyrun REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I travel to many events during the year and this is one of my favorites. I have run the half and the 10K. Not only are the courses beautiful, but … MORE

    I travel to many events during the year and this is one of my favorites. I have run the half and the 10K. Not only are the courses beautiful, but the production is first rate!. Last year ,during Covid they did an amazing job of staggering the start and separating runners on the course that made it feel safe. CDA is a great destination. See you again this year!

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    StephenR REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Great support from start to finish! Amazing scenery, friendly and helpful volunteers along the race route that made for a very safe and fun experience during COVID-19 MORE

    Great support from start to finish! Amazing scenery, friendly and helpful volunteers along the race route that made for a very safe and fun experience during COVID-19

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    lmcdonou FIRST-TIMER '20

    During quarantine, I decided to use the extra downtime to train for a full marathon. The CDA marathon could not have been better! The organizers made it feel extremely safe … MORE

    During quarantine, I decided to use the extra downtime to train for a full marathon. The CDA marathon could not have been better! The organizers made it feel extremely safe and I am in awe of their perseverance and creativity to allow this event to happen. The course itself was stunning! There were some killer hills, particularly along the marathon only portion, and the RaceJoy app stopped working part way through, but the weather and experience were ideal. Also, the shirt is my favorite race shirt to date! The whole event was well organized, and I greatly appreciated the chance to race in an otherwise crazy year.

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    5
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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '20

    Before I even mention the race course, I want to extend my kudos, congratulations and appreciation to the CDA Race Director and Staff for the incredible effort they invested to … MORE

    Before I even mention the race course, I want to extend my kudos, congratulations and appreciation to the CDA Race Director and Staff for the incredible effort they invested to make this event happen. Life-During-COVID has been a miserable experience for the racing community, taking away our challenges and camaraderie. The CDA was the first “live” major running event on the calendar since March and they had to go to incredible lengths to administer the slate of races safely and efficiently. I can tell you; it had to be a long weekend of long days for the Staff and volunteers. I wish I could adequately convey my appreciation for their efforts and enthusiasm.
    The race course? It’s just as beautiful as billed. It’s essentially an 8-mile out & back course along the private portions of the lake shore followed by a 5-mile out & back along the public portions of the lake in the opposite direction. Over 20 miles of the course are along the shoreline with unobstructed views of the lake, surrounding mountains, public beaches, private docks and beautiful homes. Don’t be lulled into thinking it’s a flat course, though. There’s a brutal climb at Mile 5, which then “backs over” you on the return trip at Mile 10. There are also sneaky elevation grades leading up to both of the turn-around points at Mile 8 and Mile 21. (That’s just mean.)
    Favorite images from the race: The pervasive smell of pine, greeting runners as they pass, the Coeur D’Alene Golf Resort, seeing (and smelling) hops growing along the way, the pumpkin patch at the water treatment plant, potato chips at the aid stations (this IS Idaho), the incredible boats and the families enjoying the beaches.
    The Pacific Northwest is a target-rich environment for coffee, cannabis and microbrews. (They DO like their stimulants up there!) As a beer-aficionado only, I’d recommend you check out these breweries in CDA: Daft Badger, Jeremiah Johnson, Mad Bomber, Trickster and Trails End Brewing. Gotta love those names.
    Tell your brethren and sole-sisters! The CDA Marathon is a hidden treasure with a challenging course administered by an exceptional RD and Staff. Couch potatoes need not apply!

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    4
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    5
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    5
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    4

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 27, 2020 at 1:37am

    Been looking forward to this review! Congrats on breaking out of COVID-induced isolation and putting on a show for the spec-taters, great to see the Slow Juan Express knocking back… MORE

    Been looking forward to this review! Congrats on breaking out of COVID-induced isolation and putting on a show for the spec-taters, great to see the Slow Juan Express knocking back the miles again. Glad to hear CDA was as beautiful and as well produced as advertised, sounds like a nice chance to ease back into the swing o' things, evil hills and all. Hope you were able to find a local watering hole for your post-race pain management, and fingers crossed 2020 isn't a one and done—though if so, not a bad one to remember the year by... LESS

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    SlowJuan Aug 28, 2020 at 6:53am

    "Spec-taters!" Dang, that's clever. Wish I'd thought to use that! I could have used a few more potato puns. I'd actually forgotten to include my usual brew-review, BUT have now… MORE

    "Spec-taters!" Dang, that's clever. Wish I'd thought to use that! I could have used a few more potato puns. I'd actually forgotten to include my usual brew-review, BUT have now added that. Wouldn't be a proper "rave" without recommendations for post-race pain management. LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 28, 2020 at 6:44pm

    Excellent, thanks for the recommendations... and quite a lineup, too. Sounds like any post-race pain (and hopefully it was minimal) was skillfully managed!

    Excellent, thanks for the recommendations... and quite a lineup, too. Sounds like any post-race pain (and hopefully it was minimal) was skillfully managed!

    domino76 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was the prettiest course I have done that was in a town or city. It had all the scenery you would see in a national Park/ forest run but … MORE

    This was the prettiest course I have done that was in a town or city. It had all the scenery you would see in a national Park/ forest run but you begin & end in a town & great views of the lake & river. The race production was great even with the limited things with COVID. It felt so good to be back on a live run in a town. As far as the swag the shirt was a really nice long Sleeve very nice. The medal was not the coolest or I would have given the swag a 5/5.

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    kloskyj FIRST-TIMER '20

    RD and staff worked extra hard to pull off this race with the wuhan flu procedures and the 50 State Marathin club to make it a counter. They were amazing. … MORE

    RD and staff worked extra hard to pull off this race with the wuhan flu procedures and the 50 State Marathin club to make it a counter. They were amazing. The race was great.

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    5
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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '19

    I didn't run as well as I expected here. The course had one long, gradual hill (mile 7 to 8) which led to the turnaround point. So then you got … MORE

    I didn’t run as well as I expected here. The course had one long, gradual hill (mile 7 to 8) which led to the turnaround point. So then you got to run down the long gradual hill for a mile. There were some smaller rolling hills too.

    When you run near the lake the views are great. But when you aren’t near the lake, the views are like any other race where you run through neighborhoods or through parks. I guess I just expected more spectacular views throughout having read some other reviews. It was certainly not as beautiful as the Grand Teton Half I ran they next Saturday.

    The organization was fine. The expo was in a set of stores and was small but the organizers were nice and helpful. The race shirt was a nice long sleeve and the medals were nice but not overwhelming.

    Overall, I still think it was a good choice for my race in Idaho.

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    4
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    3
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    amy.schaumburg FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a small race, sweet, beautiful, friendly folks and a great place to hang out before and after. There are only a handful of small hills and the race … MORE

    This is a small race, sweet, beautiful, friendly folks and a great place to hang out before and after. There are only a handful of small hills and the race is primarily on the lake or river, so great views!

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    kelly.lam FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race was 1/2 a mile longer than 26.2. It was very disheartening to get to the 26.2 mile point and still have to run an extra half mile to … MORE

    The race was 1/2 a mile longer than 26.2. It was very disheartening to get to the 26.2 mile point and still have to run an extra half mile to get to the finish. Also, there was no food or snacks leftover for some of the marathoners crossing the finish line. Just a water station. The beer was put away by the time I crossed the finish line. Not cool. Marathoners worked twice as hard as the half marathoners and it would be nice to at least have some post race food SET ASIDE for full marathoners—regardless of their finishing time.

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    cdaesthetics REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, I’m a local though so might be partial ;) lots of aid stations and bathrooms along the route. Inclines are brutal but last just long … MORE

    The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, I’m a local though so might be partial 😉 lots of aid stations and bathrooms along the route. Inclines are brutal but last just long enough to be over right when you think you can’t do it anymore. I’m not a great runner though. You’ll feel very accomplished when you finish 🙂

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    5
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    5

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    Mueller375 Jan 28, 2019 at 7:36pm

    Since you’re local what things are there to do for us visiting Idaho for the first time. I’m looking for a race-cation

    Since you’re local what things are there to do for us visiting Idaho for the first time. I’m looking for a race-cation

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    josh_emery REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Starts in the park and runs along the lake. It loops twice, so you go out to Higgins point and turn around twice. That sends you over a large hill … MORE

    Starts in the park and runs along the lake. It loops twice, so you go out to Higgins point and turn around twice. That sends you over a large hill twice. Not a flat course, make sure you have your hill work in for this.

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