The GRIT: Go Run Idaho Trails

Run The GRIT - INFO COMING SOON WITH AN ALL NEW RACE IN 2024! Check back November 27th!!

Run The GRIT North Idaho Trail series and experience some of the best trail running North Idaho has to offer! 

This awesome series consists of three scenic off-pavement races with middle to long distance race options to challenge and excite you. Race courses vary two-track forest roads to rooty, rocky and incredibly wild. NEW 

Get out there and Go Run Idaho Trails!


Choose Your Series

Three awesome series to inspire your summer running

The Short Cut

Get all the views and plenty of mountain running in the heart of the Selkirks on these epic Half-Marathon and shorter distance trail courses

June 23 | Race the Wolf Trail Half Marathon
September 14| Priest Lake Half-Marathon
October 6| Cougar Chase 7 Mile

The Long Cut

Start with the tough climbs at Race the Wolf, then cruise the epic scenic double-track forest roads of Priest Lake with a fun finish back at Schweitzer.

June 23 | Race the Wolf Trail Marathon
September 14 | Priest Lake Marathon
October 6| Cougar Chase 7 Mile

The Grand Cut

Go all out! Run the longest version of the GRIT at iconic races that showcase North Idaho’s diverse terrain and spectacular scenery

June 23 | Race the Wolf Trail Marathon
September 14 | Priest Lake 50k
October 6 |Cougar Chase 7 Mile

Run These Races

Four of North Idaho's most scenic and rugged races

Race the Wolf | Trail Marathon and Trail Half Marathon

June 2024 | Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint

Burly climbs, buttery descents and epic views in the heart of the Selkirk Range. Runners experience the best of Schweitzer Mountain and the Selkirk Recreation District through mature forest, on sweeping ridgelines and off-piste climbs. Short Cut | Long Cut | Grand Cut

Cougar Chase 7 Mile

October 6 | Trail Run | Schweitzer

ALL NEW RACE- The Cougar Chase! 

YOUR COURSES (Only the 7 Mile Course Qualifies for a GRIT SERIES FINISH)

The Cougar Chase gives trail running enthusiasts a classic fall trail run experience in the beautiful Selkirk mountains at Schweitzer!  Choose the 7 mile course with moderate elevation gains and a mix of single and double track that boast epic views of the mountains and fall leaves turning gold. Or take on the 3 mile lower elevation course on mostly double track trail with a little mix of single track. The Cougar Chase gives some samples of its bigger sister race-Race the Wolf, but with a focus on lower elevation scenic fall running in the mountains, less the burly technical climbs. A fall trail run with something for everyone.

This is the final race in the series for all three distances! Take on Race the Wolf, then step it down a little at the Priest Lake Marathon, then enjoy this fun trail cruiser to your series finish line.



Priest Lake Marathon | 50km, 1/2 Marathon

September 2024 | Hill's Resort, Priest Lake

A wilderness off-pavement running adventure through the Idaho Panhandle National Forest with the scenery of a trail race, but on compact forest roads. Finish out the series by testing your speed on this fast, fun course. Short Cut | Long Cut | Grand Cut

Register for the GRIT

Sign up and run your best races of the summer

Step 1: Register for The GRIT

Sign up for your series

Short Cut, Long Cut or Grand Cut- there is no fee to register for the series.

Step 2: Sign up for each event

Register for each race in your chosen series
June | Sandpoint

Race the Wolf

Short Cut: Trail Half

Long Cut: Trail Marathon

Grand Cut: Trail Marathon


October 6 | Schweitzer

Short Cut: 7 Mile

Long Cut: 7 Mile

Grand Cut: 7 Mile



September | Priest Lake

Priest Lake Marathon

Short Cut: 1/2 Marathon

Long Cut: Marathon

Grand Cut: 50km

Finisher Awards

Bragging rights and other cool stuff

All Finishers  

All GRIT finishers will take home a special embroidered GRIT jacket. ALL finishers will be celebrated in the published podium in the fall winter edition of OutThere Outdoors magazine.

Fine Print

Important details about The GRIT series

There is no fee to sign up for The GRIT. You will sign up for each of the individual races of the GRIT on their own website and registration platforms. You can do this on each race registration timeline, you do not need to sign up for all of them at once. Follow the registration procedures of that race.

To be in The GRIT, you must sign up at We need you to register so we can tally your races over the season. We ask that you sign up for THE GRIT as soon as possible even if you think you want to do all the races to help us coordinate the series. You can drop later with no penalty to any of the individual races.

New GRIT runners can continue to sign up after the first race (Race the Wolf) begins or if you completed a race. You will need to sign up by the second race of your distance series (Short Cut, Long Cut or Grand Cut).