May 13, 2017  -  MARATHON, 50k, Half-Marathon, 5K

Congratulations to all our finishers- 2017 RESULTS POSTED HERE





NEW for our 8th annual race! - Celebrate the power of Mom on this special weekend, finishers in all distances 13.1 and up will be awarded a stylish keepsake Priest Lake Marathon pendant finisher necklace. Wear it to commemorate your accomplishment, hang it on your medal rack, or make it the perfect gift you earned for someone special . Men's and Women's overall and age division awards.

Epic off-pavement running. Epic You, Epic Wilderness, and the Power of Mom!

Great overall awards and prizes sponsored by Altra_Running_Logo.jpg




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. 


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 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, 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, run along the shore of pristine Priest Lake, then hang out to celebrate your day.The Half-Marathon has become a popular course for veteran and beginning runners and walkers who want a scenic trail run experience, but without the huge elevation gains or technical running of a full on trail run. Race, run, or walk the Priest Lake Mother's Day Half-Marathon and celebrate the power of Mom!


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 their 50 state goal. An annual favorite for our Marathon Maniac friends! (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. 5k participants take home a great Priest Lake tech fabric shirt.

 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: 9:35 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 

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..

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+

Average Temp during the Marathon: 45F at start, 60-65F mid-day high

Packet Pick Up at two times: At Priest Lake Golf Course. 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- FOR 50k and Full Marathon ONLY. Start and Finish are very close to each other. The course is two separate loops like a figure 8. You can have a drop bag with clothes or special nutrition, bring it to the start line and we will place for you at the 12 mm aid station. Drop bag will be returned for you at the finish line.

Spectator areas: Start/Finish line is near the Priest Lake Golf Course. There are good spectator areas at the following mid-way points. Full and 50k- at the Start/Finish area. At mm 5/10 ( 5 full mm and 10 50k mm) at the south end of the Priest Lake Forest Service airfield on Highway 57.  Aid station at mm 12/17 by Korner Club at Luby Bay Rd./ Highway 57. Spectator Area for Half/Full/50k at Outlet Bay Water and Sewer District Office on Outlet Bay Road, about half way point for the Half, and about 17/22mm for Full and 50k.

 Shirts: Registrations by 4/30 guarantee shirts at packet pick up. Registrations after 4/30 are first come first serve or by mail. AS OF 5/3 we still have lots of shirts.


 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.


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. Medical transfers contact race director.


Race Director
Ken Eldore