2017 RACE PACKET INFORMATION (directions, maps, details on transportation, etc.) available early August 2017.
If you are unable to make the packet pickup, YOU MUST pick up your race packet and timing bib 30 minutes prior to your bus loading time. You must have timing bib to board the bus, and no timing bibs will be issued out at the respective starts (other than for the kid’s races).
DATE: Saturday, September 2, 2017
6:13 am Wheelchair/Handcycle Marathon Start
6:15 am Marathon Start
7:55 am Wheelchair/Handcycle Half Marathon Start
8:00 am Half Marathon Start
8:40 am Wheelchair/Handcycle 10K Start
8:45 am 10K Start
8:55 am Wheelchair/Handcycle 5K Start
9:00 am 5K Start
10:30 am For Kids “2” (0.2 miles) Start – 11 years old and younger
10:45 am 1 mile Start – 18 years old and younger
Official 2017 Pocatello Marathon Race Duffel Bags (i.e., duffel bag, backpack or other style) will be given to each Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K participant during the Race Packet Pickup at the Clarion Inn from Noon to 8 PM Friday, September 1, 2017. The duffel bag will include your timing bib, 2017 Pocatello Marathon – Running the Gap – shirt, and other goodies.
PLEASE NOTE: LATE Registrations and anyone not picking up their official 2017 Pocatello Marathon Race Duffel Bag at the Clarion Inn on Friday, September 1, 2017 will not be guaranteed a bag. An alternate bag (e.g., left over duffel bags from previous years) may be provided.
2017 Lodging Specials available starting January 1, 2017 – check back for details
Marathon participants MUST maintain a pace under 14 minutes 53 seconds per mile. Half Marathon participants MUST maintain a pace under 20 minutes 36 seconds per mile. 10K participants MUST maintain a pace under 36 minutes 17 seconds per mile. 5K participants MUST maintain a pace under 67 minutes 44 seconds per mile. Participants will be given verbal notification if they are over the course close time pace, and then they will have the next mile to get back under the course close time pace. Transportation is REQUIRED to any participant who is then unable to maintain the course close time pace for the remainder of the course. Chip timing will be used for marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K events – ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY STARTS!! ALL EVENTS CLOSE AT 12:45 pm.
The 1 mile MaraFUN Details:
- 1 mile MaraFUN registration open only to those 18 years old and younger.
- Starts at 10:45 am just south of the finish line area (NOTE new location for 2016 event due to course route change). Look for “Start” flags south of the finish line on S 2nd Avenue.
- Each participant receives a short sleeve microfiber 2016 Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Marathon Running the Gap shirt and finisher medal.
NOTE: The 1 mile MaraFUN is a timed event and additional awards will be presented. Details of the age groups will be based on the number of participants, which details may not be available until the day of the event.
For Kids “2” (0.2 miles) Details:
- For Kids “2” (0.2 miles) registration open only to those 11 years old and younger.
- Starts at 10:30 am just south of the finish line area (NOTE new location for 2016 event due to course route change). Look for “Start” flags south of the finish line on S 2nd Avenue.
- For Kids “2” will start at 10:30 am with wave starts approximately every 5 minutes as follows (depending on the number of participants and their age); 10 and 9 year olds, 8 and 7 year olds, 6 and 5 year olds, 4 and under.
- Each participant receives a short sleeve microfiber 2016 Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Marathon Running the Gap shirt and finisher medal.
NOTE: For Kids “2” (0.2 miles) IS NOT a timed event and additional awards (i.e., overall, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) WILL NOT be awarded.
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K Participant Details:
- Each participant must pickup their official 2016 Pocatello Marathon Race Duffel Bag at the Clarion Inn during the Race Packet Pickup from Noon to 8 PM Friday, September 2, 2016. Anyone not picking up their race duffel bag on Friday, September 2, 2016 will not be guaranteed a bag.
- Each participant picking up their race packet MUST present their confirmation email and show a valid ID.
- Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. However, anyone who registers but is unable to participate may pick up their duffel bag and shirt at the Packet Pick Up. Anyone not able to participate and that does not pick up their race packet may have their duffel bag and shirt mailed to them for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
- Any registered participant wanting to change events may be charge a $5.00 processing fee plus the difference in registration fee if the change is to a longer distance (i.e., half marathon to marathon would be $5 + $10 = $15 total). See the REGISTER link for the difference in event registration fees. To change events; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the change.
- Each person who registers will receive a 2016 Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Marathon Running the Gap shirt. Marathon participants will receive long sleeved microfiber T-shirt. Half marathon, 10K, and 5K participants will receive short sleeved microfiber T-shirt. Females will receive a feminine cut micro-fiber shirt unless they indicate a unisex sized shirt during the registration process. Anyone that does not pick up their race packet will be responsible for shipping and handling fee to receive their shirt.
- Each person who registers will receive a 2017 Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Marathon Running the Gap duffel bag. LATE Registrations (August 6 thru September 1) are not guaranteed a 2017 duffel bag, an alternate bag (e.g., a duffel bag from prior year) may be provided to those registering late.
- All finishers will receive a 2017 Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Marathon – Running the Gap finisher medal.
- Course is USA T&F certified (Certification Number: ID16002LAB). Note: This is a new course route starting in 2016 (see map for details). Times on this course can be used to qualify for the Boston and New York Marathons.
Transportation – Bus Schedule:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to road closures and detours ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST RIDE THE BUSES – NO PERSONAL VEHICLES ALLOWED AT THE START LINES. Transportation will be provided to the starting line. Duffel bags will be provided at the Race Packet Pickup to each person who registers. These duffel bags will be marked with your bib number and name. Use these duffel bags to place extra clothes that you are wearing to the start or want at the finish line. We will have a gear check in location at the start of each event. The checked gear will be transported to the finish line while you are running. A gear pick up location will be available in the finish line area. You MUST present your bib to receive the checked gear – each person checking in a bag needs to check the bag back out – no picking up multiple bags. There is no parking at the starting areas and due to road closures and detours you may not even be able to drive near the starting areas so use the provided transportation.
Buses will leave PROMPTLY at the times indicated – so be on the bus early.
DO NOT park on any streets or at any other businesses.
Marathon – ONLY ONE PICK UP LOCATION AVAILABLE FOR MARATHON PARTICIPANTS! Pickup location is at the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road. Bus loading will take place at the corner of Bench Road and the road between the Clarion Inn and the Best Western. Marathon participants may use parking lots at the following locations:
- Sandpiper, 1400 Pocatello Bench Road
- Dr. Rufus Van Dyke Orthodontist Office
- 1455 Bench Rd; Mutual Insurance
- 1575 Baldy Avenue, and all other businesses in that complex
- Calvary Chapel, 1633 Olympus Drive
- Grace Lutheran, 1350 Baldy Avenue
A map showing the location of these parking lots is provided in the 2017 Race Information Packet available in August 2017 at the top of this page. DO NOT park on any streets or at any other businesses. Buses will start to load at 5:00 am. The first bus will depart at 5:10 am. A full bus will depart every 5 minutes, with the last bus departing PROMPTLY at 5:35 am for Buckskin Saddle – Marathon start line on Crestview Road. (6:13 am start time for Wheelchair/Handcycle Marathon, 6:15 am start time for Marathon)
Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K participants staying at Clarion or nearby hotels and needing a ride from the Clarion Inn (1399 Bench Road) to Ross Park Aquatic Complex – Shuttle buses will start to load at 5:50 am for anyone needing transportation to Ross Park. Buses will leave at 6:00 am, 6:10 am, 6:20 am, and the last group of buses will leave PROMPTLY at 6:30 am. Anyone riding these buses from the Clarion Inn to Ross Park must exit at Ross Park and then board their appropriate bus (i.e., the shuttle bus you ride over to Ross Park on may not be going to the start line you need).
HALF MARATHON, 10K, AND 5K EVENT PARTICIPANTS will load/depart from ONE and ONLY ONE location out to their respective start, and that location is at the Ross Park Aquatic Complex, 2901 S 2nd Avenue.
Half Marathon – Pickup location is Ross Park Aquatic Complex, 2901 S 2nd Avenue. Buses will start to load at 7:00 am. Once a bus is full, that bus will depart. The last bus will depart PROMPTLY at 7:15 am for the Half Marathon start line on N Inkom Road near Oxford Peak Drive. (7:55 am start time for Wheelchair/Handcycle Half Marathon, 8:00 am start time for Half Marathon)
10K – Pickup location is Ross Park Aquatic Complex, 2901 S 2nd Avenue. Buses will start to load at 8:00 am. All buses will depart PROMPTLY at 8:15 am for the 10K start line on W Old Highway 91 near W Blackrock Road. (8:40 am start time for Wheelchair/Handcycle 10K, 8:45 am start time for 10K)
5K – Pickup location is Ross Park Aquatic Complex, 2901 S 2nd Avenue. Buses will start to load at 8:15 am. All buses will depart PROMPTLY at 8:30 am for 5K start line on S 5th Avenue near Idaho Grain Inspection Services 6702 S 5th Avenue. (8:55 am start time for Wheelchair/Handcycle 5K, 9:00 am start time for 5K)
Aid stations will be located approximately at mile marks 3.3, 5.3, 8, 10.4, 12.7, 14.4, 16.2, 18.6, 19.7, 20.7, 21.7, 22.7, 23.6, 24.6, and 25.3. Each aid station will have water, PowerAde (one of two flavors at an individual aid station – either Fruit Punch or Mountain Blast), vaseline, ibuprofen, and band aids. PowerBar energy gel will be available at the Mile 12.7, Mile 20.7, and Mile 22.7 aid stations. Bananas and oranges will also be available at Mile 5.3, 16.2, 19.7, 22.7, and 24.6 aid stations. Assorted wrapped hard candy will be available at Miles 8, 14.4, 18.6, and 21.7. A porta-pottie will also be located near each aid station.
AWARDS for Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K events: 1st place Overall Men and Women Awards, 1st place Masters Men and Women Awards (overall based on gun time), and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place Age Group Awards (age group based on chip time) will be presented. Overall and Masters winners will NOT be included in their age group awards. Award presentation will begin at approximately 11:15 am. Awards will not be released prior to the awards presentation. Award recipients not able to stay for the awards presentation must make delivery arrangements at the Awards table in the finish area. A $15 shipping and handling fee will be charged for all awards that need to be delivered. The age groups for men and women include: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over. Additional age group categories may be added for 5K and 10K depending on number of participants under the age of 14. Note: For the 2016 event, the 5K will include 9 & under and 10-14 age group awards.
STROLLERS, BIKES, and PETS.
Strollers, bikes, and pets are not allowed on course. Strollers will only be allowed in the 0.2 mile kids event.
After You Finish:
We encourage all participants to stay in the finish line area to enjoy all the activities of Marafest, the other races, a free shower at Ross Park Aquatic Complex, a massage, live music, and the award ceremony. The award presentation will start immediately after results of the 1 mile MaraFun event are available – approximately 11:15 am. However, transportation from Ross Park Aquatic Complex, 2901 S 2nd Avenue to the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road, will be available if you need to return to the Clarion Inn before all activities wrap up around 1:00 pm. Transportation will be provided as indicated below:
Post Race Shuttle Service from Ross Park Aquatic Complex back to the Clarion Inn – This one way shuttle service from Ross Park back to the Clarion Inn will run every 30 minutes, with the first bus departing at 9:30 am. The final bus will leave at 1:15 pm.
The Ross Park Aquatic Complex locker rooms and showers will be open at 9:30 am and will be available for race participants to take a shower following their event. Last access to the locker rooms and showers will be at 10:45 am. Anyone using the showers MUST be out by 11:00 am. The 11:00 am closing time will be enforced so as to not interrupt the Ross Park Aquatic Complex daily opening.
Discount Ross Park Aquatic Complex discount pool passes are available for $3.25 at the race packet pick up on Friday, September 1, and near the awards table in the finish line area on Saturday, September 2. The Ross Park Aquatic Complex will be open at noon and each pass is valid either Saturday (September 2), Sunday (September 3), or Monday (September 4). NO Refunds or Rainchecks.
Food and beverages will be provided at the finish area for race participants. Additional food and beverage vendors will also be at the MaraFest at the finish area. MaraFest includes music, free kids’ activities and more.
Toast your run through the gap with Miller 64. Participants of legal drinking age will receive one FREE beer with their race bib and ID. Don’t forget your ID. No ID – No beer! The beer garden will also be open to spectators with $2.00 beers.
Race Packet Pickup
Race Packet Pickup will be Friday, September 1, 2017 from NOON to 8:00 pm at the Clarion Inn.
— Participants unable to be at the race packet pickup on Friday MUST pick up their race packet including their timing bib starting approximately 30 minutes prior to loading their bus for transportation to their respective start area. A packet pickup table will be near the loading point of the buses. Each participant MUST have their timing bib prior to loading the bus – timing bibs WILL NOT be handed out at the start line.
— Participants may have a friend pick up their race packet and timing bib, BUT that friend MUST have a copy of your confirmation email. Confirmation email with assigned bib number will be emailed the week of August 28, so watch for your confirmation email starting Monday, August 28.
NOTE: Official 2017 Pocatello Marathon Race Duffle Bags are not guaranteed for anyone not picking up their race packet on Friday, September 1, 2017.
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATIONS OR CHANGES – VERIFY Name, Age, and Event by checking the “Who is Registered” list. This list will be updated approximately every Monday from August 7 through August 28. This list will be updated one final time by Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Email any changes to PocatelloRun@gmail.com prior to Midnight on Saturday, August 26 or be at the packet pickup on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Pasta dinner is Friday, September 1, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Clarion Inn for race participants, family, and friends. Pasta dinner will be $12 per person in advance and $15 per person at the door. Children 12 & under will be $6. Pre-registration for Pasta Bar recommended. Pre-registration available during online registration.
Lodging (please check back for updates):
Lodging is available at the our Host Hotel the Clarion Inn. See the Lodging link for other hotel options. As the Host Hotel, the Clarion Inn is the place to be for the race packet pick-up, pasta dinner and a great night’s stay. POCATELLO MARATHON RATE $89.00 plus tax. Rate available Wednesday August 30 through Sunday September 3. On-site is our delicious Steakhouse and relaxing lounge. Our comfortable sleeping rooms are a perfect fit for the leisure traveler as they are equipped with wireless internet and working space so you can stay connected. Our atrium is home to our beautiful indoor pool with waterfall surrounded by live foliage, Jacuzzi, dry sauna, 24-hour fitness center and meeting area.
We offer easy access to the Salt Lake Shuttle drop off and pick up, late checkout of 2:00 pm option (first-come, first-served basis ask Front Desk for details), transportation available to all events (see Race Info for bus schedule) and free shuttle service to the Pocatello airport. A limited number of rooms are available at the event special rate, and this block of rooms will only be held until August 21. Early reservations are highly recommended! Participants can make their reservations by;
(1) Call 208-237-1400 and ask for the Pocatello Marathon rate
(2) Go to Clarion Inn,
For additional information, you may reach the Pocatello Marathon in the following ways:
c/o Mike Calley
1410 Kelsea Pl
Pocatello, ID 83201
Mike Calley (Race Director) at 208-233-4754