Priest Lake Marathon Events

September 27, 2014
Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K, 25K and 5K



Race and Renew at Priest Lake, Idaho

An off-pavement running adventure through the Panhandle National Forest. The scenery of a trail race, but on drivable dirt forest road with full course support like a road race. All runners love this course for its scenic trail run-like experience, but on the non-technical running surface of compact dirt Forest Service Roads. Run along the lakeshore of pristine Priest Lake, through groves of lush forest, huge old-growth cedar trees, and big views of the rugged Selkirk Mountains.

Half-Marathon course has a 800' elevation gain with one good hill at the start of the run which finishers have named "The Hill at Hill's". Enough of a challenge to send you home feeling you conquered the mountain, then a long rolling downhill back to the lakeshore for a fast finish. The Half-Marathon has become a popular course for veteran runners as well as a growing group of walkers and beginning runners who want a scenic trail run experience, but without the huge elevation gains or technical running of a full on trail race.

25k and 50k courses offers runners looking to step up to the next distance level, trail run scenery and the challenge of the longer distance, but with a moderate elevation gain (25k=900', 50k=2100') compared to most full-on trail 25k and 50k runs, also with most of the gain in the first part of the race; the last 8 miles enjoys big downhills back to the lake. The 25k and 50k courses are ideal for the athlete looking to take on the extra distance while focusing on thier running and the beautiful scenery without technical trail.

Marathon This course gives 26.2 runners some of the most scenic wilderness views anywhere! For the marathoner looking to ditch the pavement and get a trail run fix without taking off thier beloved road running shoes, Priest Lake gives all the scenery of a trail race with lush cedar forests, lakeshore running, and big mountain views, but on compacted dirt forest road. Enjoy the scenery and focus on your run, not technical trail. Priest Lake has become a destination run for marathoners across the nation looking for an Idaho marathon to make thier 50 state goal, and our close proximity to the Canadian border makes it an easy choice for runners in nearby British Columbia and Alberta. An annual favorite for our Marathon Maniac friends! Get a Maniac discount and a special Maniac finisher medal.

Medals and Technical Shirts

All participants in the 13.1, 25K, 26.2 and 50K receive a technical fabric finisher shirt and medal featuring our international award winning design.


Maniacs and Fanatics recieve special MM and HF lanyards on their finisher medals for 13.1,25k,26.2,and 50k races, and a club discount.
All 5K participants will receive a finishers tee shirt.
Shirts only guaranteed for entries by September 14th. Late entries will receive shirts first come first serve or by mail.

Post Race Lunch and Awards Party

New for 2014- FREE AWARDS LUNCH for all participants running events 13.1 and longer! Kick back on the shore of Priest Lake at Hill's Resort to celebrate your victory! No Host Beer Garden- cashier at awards party.

Race Day Schedule

50K Ultra Marathon Start: 7:00 AM
Marathon  Start: 7:30 AM
Half Marathon & 25K Start: 9:00 AM
5K Family Fun Run

Start: 9:30 AM

Awards Party

Start: 11:30AM

Awards 5k first, half-marathon and 25k aprox 12:15, 26.2 and 50k aprox. 1:00PM- must be present to win

Aid Stations
Water and sports drink about every 2 miles all courses. Gel at mm 5,8,12,16,21 for the marathon, mm 8 for the half marathon and 25K. 50k has gel at mm 3,7,10,14,16,18,20,26,28 and 5 each food stations with various snack food like potatoes, pretzels, chips, candies, nutrition bars, coke etc..

We love giving out awards! Lots and lots of awards! Overall 1st-3rd awards and prizes. New Age Division awards- all age group winners will recieve a special place lanyard for thier finisher medal!! Age division awards for places 1st-3rd: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
NO REFUNDS. Medical transfers only can be requested by contacting the race director.

Average Temp during the Marathon: 40Fat start, 60-65F mid-day high

Packet Pick Up at two times: Friday 9/26 from 4-7PM OR RACE DAY starting at 6AM


On or Before:
Marathon  Half Marathon & 25K Ultra Marathon 50K  5K Family Run
Holiday Special
Early Bird
Regular Entry EXTENDED!
Late Entry, Packet Pick Up, Race Day

Online Registration ends on 9/24 at midnight.
*Shirts only guaranteed for entries by September 14th. Late entries will receive shirts first come first serve or by mail.


Race Director
Ken Eldore
(208) 946-9543

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