September 24, 2016 



Congratulations to all our finishers! See you at another great race day at Priest Lake in 2017!



An off-pavement running adventure through the Panhandle National Forest. The scenery of a trail race, but on driveable dirt forest road with full course support like a road race. All runners beginner to elite 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.


What others say about the Priest Lake Marathon!

About the 50k - “I highly recommend this race for the marathoner looking to step up to the ultra distance”- Western States 100 Record Holder Gunhild Swanson

What local media says about the Priest Lake Marathon - "a perfect introduction to running on dirt. Fire roads are optimal trail running 101 material: They are wider than trails, generally well packed, and without the treacherous obstacles of large rocks and roots that trail runs can boast....the perfect in-between race" - OutThere Monthly (read more)

A post on by a 2014 marathoner rating the Priest Lake Marathon a 5 out of 5 - "This is a small, VERY well organized event! If you are looking for crowds...keep looking. If you are looking for beautiful scenery, amazing race directors, great value, well stocked aid stations and events that are clearly put on by runners, you are in luck. Sign up you wont regret it:)"

Priest Lake is an easy race weekend! - as fellow runners and endurance athletes, our annual race calendar takes us to many wonderful locations across the U.S. and Canada. We know the excitement and fun of race travel can sometimes be overwhelmed by race weekend logistics. On the drive or flight in to a race we always have the same discussion about race check in anxiety, where is the room, where is the start line, coordinating with family etc. A Priest Lake race weekend is EASY and Stress Free! Parking and our host lodging at Hill's Resort is 200' from the start and finish line. Whether you stay on-site or at another one of our great resorts close by (see the resource page), or drive from a surrounding community on race day, once you are here, its all in one easy spot! Check in, start, finish, your car with your extra gear, great dining, a drop bag for morning clothes, your room, a place for family and friends to watch you run, awards party and food are all in one easy location by beautiful Priest Lake Idaho. Get here, park the car, hang out, race, relax! 26.2 and 50k runners make two separate loops like a figure 8, and lap through the start/finish at their mm 16/21, and Half-Marathon/25k runners lap within 200 yds of the start/finish area at mm 3/5. This allows for drop bag convenience, and family or friends can cheer you on as you pass by. Get away for a relaxing race weekend, enjoy epic wilderness scenery with road race support, and leave your race day jitters on the course!


Half-Marathon Scenic and fun, this course offers 13.1 runners a trail race experience but on wide dirt forest service roads. Take on a wilderness challenge and enjoy the fall colors, but with your regular road running shoes, great aid stations, and post race fun. Course has an elevation gain loss of about 800', with most of the up-hill at the 3 mile marker which past participants have named "The Hill at Hill's", enough of a run up to let you know you took on the mountains, then rolling downhills back to the lake. Mountain top views, finish along the shore of pristine Priest Lake, then hang out to celebrate your day.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. Huge new medals for all finishers, free post race lunch. Half-Fanatics get a discount and special finisher lanyard.


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 their running and the beautiful scenery without technical trail. The 25k course runs the half-marathon course with an additional 2.4 mile out and back loop that is mostly flat. The 50k course follows most of the marathon course with an additional 4.8 mile out and back loop.  (View 50K Profile) (25k is the same course as the Half-Marathon +200 feet of gain/loss and the additional distance, see the Half-Marathon profile and map) 


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 their 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 Maniac finisher medal lanyard. (View Map | View Marathon Profile)

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.


mm.jpg  Not a Maniac or Fanatic Yet? Be one this year at Priest Lake Idaho!  hf.jpg
Run a second race within 16 days of completing the Priest Lake Full or Half Marathon, and qualify to join one of these great running clubs. Be a Marathon Maniac by running the Priest Lake Marathon and  The Spokane Marathon  , or be a Half-Fanatic by running the Priest Lake Half-Marathon, and the Sandpoint Scenic Half

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.

NOTE: Final instruction email with race details will be sent Wed. night race week to all participants. Late registration and packet pick up at Hill's Resort 4-7PM Friday, or Race Day 6AM until 20 minutes before the start of your race. See you race day!!

Post Race Lunch and Awards Party

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

Early Start and Walkers

Marathon participants who think they will finish in 5.5 hrs plus can early start with 50k. Finish line open for all events until 2:30- walkers welcome. This allows 7.5 hours to finish the marathon and 50k, and 5.5 hours to finish the half-marathon and 25k. NO EARLY START FOR HALF MARATHON OR 25K. 

Awards 5k first, half-marathon and 25k aprox 12:00, 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: 40F at start, 60-65F mid-day high

Packet Pick Up at two times: Friday 9/23 from 4-7PM OR RACE DAY starting at 6:30AM

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..

Drop Bag- The start finish line is the same. Full and 50k runners pass back through the start finish line on lap two, the course is two separate loops like a figure 8. You can have a drop bag with clothes or special nutrition and will be right by the aid station as you come through the start finish area. Half and 25k runners pass back within 200' of start finish line area and can place a drop bag to shed morning clothes or cache special nutrition if needed.

Spectator areas: Start/Finish line is mm 16/21 of the full and 50k, and Start/Finish and mm 3/5 of the half and 25k. Hanna Flats at the Priest Lake Ranger Station Airstrip on Hwy 57 allows for cheering at the Full/ 50k mm 3/8, and the Outlet Bay Sewer Dist. Office on Outlet Bay Rd. accessed from Hwy 57 allows for cheering of all courses at Full mm 21, 50k mm 26, Half, mm 8, 25k, mm 10. Both are aprox. 6-8 min, drive via. Hwy 57 from the resort and easy to get to. Maps available at check in.



 Registration  On or Before: Marathon  Half Marathon & 25K Ultra Marathon 50K  5K Family Run
Holiday Special 12/31 $55 $55 $55 --
Early Bird 03/31 $69 $59 $69 $25
Regular Entry 08/31 $85 $65 $85 $30
Late Entry 09/21 $98 $80 $98 $40
Packet Pickup or Race Day   $98 $80 $98 $40

Online Registration ends on 9/21 at midnight. You can sign up after 9/23 at packet pick up Friday night 4-7PM at Hills Resort, OR Race Day 6AM to 30 minutes before the start of your race.

*Shirts guaranteed for entries by SEPTEMBER 14th. Late entries will receive shirts first come first serve or by mail. We usually have enough, but if you want to make sure you have a shirt please sign up by the 14th. As of Monday 9/15 we still have a good supply of shirt.

No refunds

We understand life happens, however like most all other races can not offer refunds. If you have a legitimate injury or chronic illness with onset after your registration, we will gladly transfer you to a race of shorter distance or to a following season with a medical transfer. We also offer Bereavement transfers for immediate family. 


Transfer Policy: we will transfer your registration fee to another participant for a processing fee of $25 during the transfer period ONLY, and only for one occurrence. The transfer period is June 15 to September 1 ONLY. Please email Race Director at email below with your request during the transfer period.


Race Director
Ken Eldore
(208) 946-9543