Marathon: $70 | Half Marathon: $65 
$40 per person up to 8 people, additional teammates free, but require registration. (Must use mail-in form must be used for team greater than 8 runners) 
10K | 5K: $25 | Family Fun Run $15 (see more pricing info here)
August 28th, 2021 | Ashton, Idaho - Travel and Airport Info

Marathon Event Details

Entry Fees and Deadline:

  • Entry fee includes your choice of a long sleeved tech shirt or an embroidered polo shirt ($10 additional fee for polo shirt), unique finisher’s medallion,
    bus transportation to the start, and a huckleberry milkshake for all
    finishers in both races.
  • Late Fees: 5 days prior to race the entry fee increases to $75.00 full/$70.00 half and shirts may be limited—please register early!

Discount for Seniors and Veterans:

  • Senior age is 60. 
  • Veterans, active or retired, receive a ten dollar discount as well.
  • If you qualify for both the senior age and veteran discount then you will receive twenty dollars off. If you are signing up online, then we will give you your refund when you pick up your packet. Just mention your discount when you check in. If you are mailing then just short pay what your discount would be.

Packet Pickup:

  • Friday before the race-packets can be picked up between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Elementary School.
  • Saturday
    • Full Marathon: Race day-packets can be picked up starting 4:00 a.m. to 5:15 a.m.  All remaining packets will be taken to the starting line so they can be picked up and still have registration done before the race at 6:30 a.m.
    • Half Marathon: Packets can be picked up from 4:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Again, all remaining race packets will be taken to the starting area.

Relay Information:

Because of the varying terrain, gravel ( 9 miles) then blacktop ( 4 miles), back to gravel, ( 3 1/2 miles) then blacktop, then the hill, and then six miles to the finish after the hill, there are no designated official handoff points. Teams have had a bib with a chip and passed it along to each team member, at whatever handoff point they had decided, based on the individual team members abilities, and desired distance. All received a finishers medallion, and a shirt, and use the aid stations, and enjoyed our post race refreshments, not to mention the terrific scenery along the course. 

  • Minimum Team Size: 2

Prerace Dinner:

  • The Pre-Race dinner will be held at the Ashton Elementary School at the west end of Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Friday before the race. Families and guests are welcome. Cost $5 per person Family price - $25 
  • Menu: Spaghetti, Sauce (with or without meatballs), French Bread, Baked Potato (of course; this is Idaho after all) Salad, and dressing, Plenty of good deserts, and water.

Bus Transportation to the Start:

  • The bus loading area is the Ashton Elementary School parking lot. The school is the first building on the south side of Main Street as you turn off Highway 20. It is directly across Highway 20 from Dave’s Jubilee Super Market.
  • The first bus leaves for the start of the marathon at 5:00 a.m. with the last bus leaving at 5:20 a.m.
  • The first bus for the Half Marathon will leave between 6:30-7:00 a.m. with the last bus leaving at 7:30 a.m.
  • Vehicle parking is available around the Elementary School and side streets. The finish line is at the city park, which is only two blocks away, so some runners park down around the city park and then walk to the school to catch the bus. That makes their vehicle much closer to hobble to after the race, if needed!
  • You may also drive to the starting line of either race. Support vehicles are welcome. We do divert the traffic around the first nine miles of the Full Marathon to keep down the dust.

Runner’s Breakfast:

  • 4 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. Cost - Free for runners  - $3 for guests
  • Menu: Milk, Juice, Coffee, Water in bottles, Mini Gatorade in bottles,Bagels, Mini Muffins, Assorted Fruit, lights and good conversation.

Directions to the Start:

  • Marathon: From Ashton, travel approximately 18.5 miles north on Highway 20. Approximately 1.5 miles north of the Osborn Bridge on the Henry’s Fork River, turn right, (east) onto the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway (Highway 47). Proceed southeast four miles to the Hatchery Butte Road, turn left (east) and proceed approximately 5 miles on a gravel road to the starting point.
  • Half Marathon: From Ashton proceed east on Highway 47 for 5 miles. Follow the highway as it turns left (north) for another 7 miles to the Bear Gulch parking area.

Race Start:

  • Marathon: 6:30 am
  • Half Marathon: 8:30 am.

Early Start:

  • Early start is at 5AM. This option is only available for the Full Marathon runners. No early start Half Marathoners allowed . This is only for walkers, or runners that may be hampered by an injury, and feel it may take 7 or 8 hours to complete the course. If you are a 6 1/2 hour marathoner or better, you should just start at the regular time. We have a very scenic course, and we hate to have you miss it because of darkness. Also, the aid stations don’t start setting up until about 6:30 to 7:30. If you are interested in the early start option, you must make arrangements before hand for approval, and coordination.

Race Timing:

  • Timing provided by Vector Timing
  • Protest Period:  Any runner who has an issue with his/her finish time or position, please contact the race director, or Vector Timing. We strive to have accurate results.

Runner Courtesy:

  • During the Rail Road Grade and in sections of the race where the full runners meet the half runners, please exercise caution and use common courtesy while passing. Please warn slower runners that you intend to pass them prior to doing so. You may have to run single file, or no more that two people wide for the first mile or two, until the runners spread out a little.

Aid Stations:

  • Aid stations will be located approximately every 2 miles along both courses and will have PowerBar gels, Gu gels, Nutrigrain bars, Gatorade, Powerade, water, bananas, oranges, and sports lube. Extra clothing may be left at aid stations for transport back to the finish area. Please clearly mark any items left at the aid stations.

Rest Room Facilities:

  • Restroom facilities will be available at the Ashton Elementary School on race day morning prior to bus departure. The buses are equipped with restrooms for the trip to the start of each race. Port-a-potties will be available at the start of each race. In addition, restrooms are available at the Mesa Falls turnout on the marathon course, at the Bear Gulch bus unloading area for half marathoners. For both races facilities are available at the Warm River Campground--mile 16.5 for the marathon (and 4.5 for the half)--at mile 20 (and 7), 23 (and 10), 24.5 (and 11.5), and the finish area.

Extra Clothing:

  • Clothing can be left on the bus as you leave to begin the race. All clothing will be brought back to the finish line area at the City Park and placed in a designated area for each race. You may also leave articles of clothing with the aid station volunteers, and everything will be returned to the finish line area. Many runners use that option with their articles of clothing as it is always quite cold starting out, and warming up as the race progresses.

Crew Instructions:

  • Supporters and spectators are welcome to cheer on their runners along the course with the following exception: The first 9.5 miles of the marathon course is on a gravel road and can be extremely dusty. Please do not take any vehicles along this part of the course while the race is underway! Instead, crews can return to Highway 47 and pick up their runners as they enter the highway from Forest Service Road 150, one half mile north of the Upper Mesa Falls turnout.
  • Crew and Supporters be aware that there is considerable traffic on Highway 47 and the road is narrow—be very conscience of other traffic. Pull out only where there is sufficient room to do so.
  • For safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on the course.

Cutoff Times:

  • There are no cutoff times for runners in either race. The course will remain open and race staff will remain at the finish area until the last runner has finished.

Age Divisions:

  • Age divisions in both races are in 5 year age groups for male and female beginning at age 12.


  • We award a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishing plaque, in five year age categories, in the Full Marathon, and the Half Marathon, Men and Women divisions.The age group breakdown goes as follows, 10 to 14 -15 to 19 - 20 to 24 - 25 to 29 - 30 to 34 - 35 to 39 , and so on. We also award four Masters runners, one for each race. That being said, we won't double dip on winners. The first place finisher in either race, or gender,  regardless of age, is the overall winner, and will be awarded the first place trophy. If they happen to be a masters age runner, then the Masters plaque would then go to the second runner over forty in either race or gender. If the masters runner does happen to finish in the top three of his age group, the next three finishing runners would then be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.That also holds true for our four overall winners. Whatever age group they are in, they receive the overall winner plaque, and the next three finishers are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. We appreciate all of our runners, and want to award as many of them as possible for their effort.

Unregistered Runners:

  • All runners must be registered. Runners without an official number will not be permitted to participate in the race.
  • Unregistered runners who do enter the race will be considered bandits and will not be allowed to participate in future races.

At the Finish Line:

  • All finishers in both races will receive a finisher’s medallion.
  • Showers are available at the Anglers Inn on Main street for $5. Towels are provided. Ask at the front desk.
  • Each finisher will be given a coupon for a free huckleberry milkshake. These can be redeemed at 511 Main Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street (best milk shakes in the west!!)
  • Refreshments including food and drinks will be provided in a special marked area for runners only.

Race Results:

  • Kiosks will be set up near the finish line that have instant results, so a runner can find their time, and finish order, simply by typing in their bib number .Also, on each bib there is a QR Code, that when scanned by a smart phone or tablet, will also give the runner his/her results. We do not do an official awards ceremony.  Awards will be available as soon as results are verified, and can be picked up from a table near the finish line. One of our volunteers will assist you. Many of our runners need to leave for long drives, and or airline flights, or are anxious to head on to Yellowstone Park, so we like to get them one their way.
  • Official results will be available on our web site as soon as possible following the race (hopefully within 24 hours). Results will not be mailed unless specifically requested.

Refund Policy:

  • Full refund up to the last Sunday before the race.

Transfer Policy:

  • Bibs can be transferred, and runners can switch races, but only on approval from the race director, and or a Vector Timing official. This can happen on race day at packet pickup, but must be done prior to boarding the buses to head to the starting line. No switching will be allowed  once the race  officially starts.

Cancelation Policy:

  • The race committee reserves the right to cancel the race for reasons that it deems appropriate. In the event the race is canceled, every effort will be made to contact all entered runners as soon as possible. Refunds, if any, will be determined by the fixed costs incurred by the race committee, on a per runner basis, at the time of the cancelation.

For Further Information, Contact Us At:

  • Race Director, Dave Jacobson 208-652-7771 | 208-360-9507 | 208-652-7338, or E-Mail Now