On September 1st, the Idaho Potato Commission will present its annual Famous Potato Marathon in Boise, an occasion that draws more than 2,000 people to participate in four races. This is an event that is one of Boise’s most unique past times, seeing quite a few spectators and participants over the years.

The event is a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5 K. While it is presented by the Idaho Potato Commission it is also organized by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. The marathon and half-marathon are for runners but if that’s not your style, you can walk in the 10K and 5K.

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The course will take runners and walkers across the Idaho greenbelt, with the marathon and half marathon starting at Lucky State Park, while the 10K and 5K will be held at Albertson Headquarters west parking lot, which is located at 250 E Parkcenter Boulevard.

Famous Idaho Potato Marathon

The marathon’s course will be 26.2 miles long, with the half-marathon course being 13.1 miles. Both will finish at Albertson Headquarters parking lot. The 10K will be 6.2 miles while the 5K will be 3.1 miles. All distances will receive medals. The marathon and half-marathon both start at 7 a.m. with the 10K and 5K both beginning at 10 a.m. The courses are completely flat and will take participants on scenic routes all over town.

Participants in the marathon can qualify for the 2022 Boston Marathon. Fees for entry will change as the date for the race approaches. Between now and June 30th individual fees range from $25 to $70. Prices will increase after that date, so register ASAP.

Potato Bar?

Life’s Kitchen will be present to prepare food for participants of the races at a potato bar. The group from Treasure Valley serves at-risks youths and helps with tutoring and employment assistance.

More information can be found on the Treasure Valley YMCA’s website. Those that want to volunteer for the races can sign up online.


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