NEW FOR 2017- THE PRIEST LAKE MOTHER'S DAY MARATHON  

May 13, 2017 - REGISTRATION OPENS THANKSGIVING DAY WITH SPECIAL HOLIDAY DEALS!

Check back for new race details by Thanksgiving

NEW for this event - To celebrate the power of Mom on this Mother's Day weekend, finishers for this race will be awarded a keepsake Priest Lake Marathon pendant finisher necklace. Wear it in to commemorate your accomplishment or make it a very special gift you earned for someone special . Race bibs for this event will include customized race bibs. Race bibs have a message line to say " I'm racing for______", "I love ____", "In Memory of______" or state your own cause or story to make it a great souvenir  race bib!"

2016 RESULTS HERE

 2015 RESULTS HERE

 

Courses

An off-pavement running adventure through the Panhandle National Forest. The scenery of a trail race, but on drive-able 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.

WHY SHOULD YOU RUN THE PRIEST LAKE MARATHON? 

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 Marathonguide.com 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:)"

 

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.

 

50k course 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, 50k=2100') compared to most full-on trail 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 50k course is ideal for the athlete looking to take on the extra distance while focusing on their running and the beautiful scenery without technical trail. The 50k course follows most of the marathon course with an additional 4.8 mile out and back loop.  (View 50K Profile) View 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, 26.2 and 50K receive a technical fabric finisher shirt and a special keepsake race pendant to wear in celebration of the day, or present it as a gift you earned to a special person in your life.

 Post Race Lunch and Awards Party

FREE AWARDS LUNCH for all participants. 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  Start: 9:30 AM
5K Family Fun Run

Start: 9:30 AM

 

 

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. 

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..

Awards
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.

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

Packet Pick Up at two times: Friday  from 4-7PM OR RACE DAY starting at 6:00AM

Online Registration Closes 05/10 at Midnight


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. Both are aprox. 6-8 min, drive via. Hwy 57 from the resort and easy to get to. Maps available at check in.

 Shirts: Registrations by 5/1 guarantee shirts at packet pick up. Registrations after 5/1 are first come first serve or by mail.


Fees

 Registration  On or Before: Marathon  Half Marathon Ultra Marathon 50K  5K Family Run
Holiday Special 12/31 $59 $55 $59 $25
Early Bird 01/31 $69 $64 $69 $25
Regular Entry 04/17 $79 $69 $79 $30
Late Entry 05/10 $89 $79 $89 $40
Packet Pickup or Race Day   $94 $84 $94 $40



Refund Policy

We understand life happens, but please read the following refund policy before signing up. 

Withdrawal prior to 120 days before event date - Full Refund of race fee less $25 processing fee

Withdrawal prior to 70 days before event date - Refund of 50% of race fees only No refunds after this date.

Transfers

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 prior to 45 days before race day ONLY. Please email Race Director at email below with your request during the transfer period.

 THIS EVENT HELD UNDER US FOREST SERVICE SPECIAL USE PERMIT

Race Director
Ken Eldore 
priestlakeinfo@gmail.com


www.priestlakerace.com

 

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