Off to the Races


Your complete guide to staying active and competitive while helping those in need

by Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, Photography by Pete Grady

May 9th
Spring Bird Walk
Idaho Botanical Gardens
Join Leanne Lloyd-Fairey from the Golden Eagle Audubon Society and Idaho Master Naturalist for a stroll through the gardens searching for birds like the American Kestrel, Black-billed Magpie and other species.

May 9th
Komen Idaho Race for the Cure®
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Fundraising event for breast cancer

May 9th
The Puzzle Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Julia Davis Park
Help raise awareness for autism

May 16th
2015 Treasure Valley Heart and Stroke Walk
Julia Davis Park Band Shell
Hosted by the American Heart Association to fund research in the areas of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer in the United States.

May 16th
Cycle for Independence
Riverglen Junior High School
Charity ride hosted by Treasure Valley Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Idaho

May 16th
Tutu Run: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Skyview High School in Nampa
Get your tutu on and run!

May 29th
The Tater Tot Trot
Riverside Hotel
Tot trot begins at 5:30 P.M., and the one mile family run starts at 6.
Pick up your race packets at the YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Expo at the Riverside Hotel.

May 30th
The YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Greenbelt, Boise
Presented by the Idaho Potato Commission, a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K course along the greenbelt.

June 6th
First Annual Walk for Wishes
Make-A-Wish Idaho
Axiom Fitness Parkcenter.
Fundraising event with family-fun activities to raise money for Make-A-Wish Idaho, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

June 12th
Ironkids Boise Fun Run
Julia Davis Park
A 1/4 mile or one mile event for children ages 3 to 15 at 5 pm.

June 13th
Ironman 70.3
The Ironman is comprised of three parts: a 1.2 mile swim starting at noon at Lucky Peak Reservoir, a 13.1 mile run through Boise crisscrossing the Oregon Trail and Boise Greenbelt ending in Julia Davis Park, and a 56 mile bike course in challenging hilly terrain, finishing the 70.3 mile journey in downtown Boise.  This race offers 30 qualifying slots to the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

June 20th
The Dirty Dash 2015
Avimor, North Streams Edge Way. First wave at 9 am
A mud run obstacle course.
A one mile Piglet Plunge for kids ages 2 to 12 follows the last heat of adult runners.

June 27th
Bob LeBow Blue Cruise
A variety of distances for bike riders ranging from 3 miles to 100 miles—a century ride.
Proceeds benefit the Terry Reilly Zero Pay Fund providing affordable, accessible, and comprehensive health care for all.

July 11th
Boise Twilight Criterium
Downtown Boise
Races start at 3 P.M.
A fast-paced, high stakes cycling race in the heart of downtown Boise.
In past years Olympian Kristin Armstrong rode with the kids during the kid’s ride. Children ages 3-10 years old are invited to ride on the real race course.

August 16th
An obstacle race that will test your will against a course between 3-5 miles. This course will consist of at least 20 obstacles spread over the total distance.

September 19th
Tater Dash Mud Run
The Tater Dash Mud Run is a unique community event created to benefit The Man Up Crusade™ and The Eagle Firefighter’s Burn Out Fund. Twin Oaks Farms, located where Eagle Road meets the foothills, is this year’s host to all the festivities. The Tater Dash Mud Run is a FUN-filled obstacle course for the entire family. Over 5.2 miles of running trails interrupted by mud pits and climbing obstructions.