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Capital and largest city in Idaho, Boise is a recreational mecca. The setting is beautiful, with a river running through the city and the foothills of the Rockies to the immediate north of downtown. Running in Boise is a treat. A 25-mile greenbelt showcases the river, while an extensive network of trails criss-cross the foothills, which rise above the Capitol. There’s also lovely neighborhood running in downtown’s East End and North End, with a loop around the Capitol, When you’re done running, enjoy Boise’s fun dining and indie music scene!

I-84 is the major interstate serving Boise, with I-184 connecting I-84 with downtown. There is a bus system operated by ValleyRide, but public transport is not extensive. To get to the trail running north of downtown, a car is required.

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Boise’s weather is dry, with warm to hot summer days and cool winters. Average summer highs are near 90F (32C), but nights cool off by by nearly 30 degrees, so bring a layer! In winter, days average just above freezing, while nights typically dip into the 20s. It is a dry climate, averaging only 11 inches of rain annually–most of it in winter. Significant snowfall is rare.

Running Stores & Group Runs

Shu’s/Idaho Running Company. Marketplace Mall, North End. Group Runs Thursdays 5:30.

Bandanna Running and Walking. In business for 20+ years! Downtown at 5th & Main. Group Runs:  Events Calendar.
Pulse Running & Fitness ShopGroup Runs: Trail Runs Saturday mornings. Beginner trail runs 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Info
Fleet Feet Meridian. Group Runs: Wednesdays 6pm. Events Calendar


Get the guide to the best races in this area from our friends at RaceRaves! You can sort by highest rating, date (i.e. ‘upcoming’), or race name.

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Events Calendar. Fleet feet has good events calendar
Idaho Great Potato. May. This event offers a distance for everyone: the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, and the 5K.
City of Trees Marathon November. Flat, fast and beautiful.
Fleet feet has good events calendar: