The Race to Robie Creek, billed as the Toughest Half Marathon in the Northwest, is a mere 54 days away. Runners from all over train for the grueling climb through Rocky Canyon, making it an annual rite of spring. It’s a feather in any runner’s cap, to be sure. An accomplishment like no other. But perhaps even more competitive is the race to register.
If you’re thinking about taking a crack at Robie Creek’s 13.1 mile course, you won’t want to hesitate. Registration begins at noon today, and if the past is any indication, it will be over in a matter of minutes. Online registration includes the first 2,026 applicants. And if you aren’t lucky enough to register today, you can still hope to be picked for the Second Chance Drawing. That begins tomorrow, February 22, at 8 a.m. and closes on Friday, February 25, at 5 p.m. The Second Chance Drawing allows another 200 participants to enter the race. They will be notified by March 1.
The online registration fee is $45. You can click here to register. The Second Chance Drawing is an additional $6 fee, and you can only enter once. And it should be noted that the race organizers want you to play fair. Don’t try to have someone else register for you when you are trying to register yourself. Last year there were more than 200 duplicate entries which slowed the system and resulted in countless hours spent deleting the duplicates and refunding race fees. So this year, duplicate registrations will have $10 withheld from their refunds, and the money will be donated to charity.
This year’s race takes place on April 16, and the theme for the 34th annual event is Plunderin’ fer Booty. Aye, mateys, there’s a distinct scurvy pirate/Jimmy Buffett overtone this year. The race organizers have cleverly woven Jimmy Buffett lyrics and song titles into the race information. Instead of traditional race day terms like packet pickup, assembly, and start, this year’s event uses terms like First Booty Call, Gather Ye Scurvy Dogs, Prepare to Be Flogged, and Hoist the Colors. Even the post-race party is set to feature “Island music and grog.” Click here for more information on this year’s race.
As always, the race begins at Fort Boise Community Center. You’ll begin climbing at Shaw Mountain Road and wind your way through Rocky Canyon until you reach the Aldape Summit. The descent into the Robie Creek drainage is steep and jarring, so be prepared. In addition to bragging rights, you also get a t-shirt and “special trinkets” for all finishers.
Want some inspiration? For a look at one woman’s experience with the Race to Robie Creek in 2010, check out this article series, Fitness resolutions: Race to Robie Creek.
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