Payette Lake Run

Event Info

Sunday September 6th, 2015 8:00 am Carey/Depot Park McCall, Idaho There are three event distances.  All races finish at Carey Park.  The complete lap around the lake is a 30K or 18.6 miles and starts at 8:00am.  The 8.6 mile run or the half way around the lake run, starts at 9:00am from an unpaved section of the lake road.  (buses leave at 8:05am from the finish line).  The 5K run starts at 9:00 from Lick Creek Road.


No motorized support vehicles will be allowed on course, this is to limit congestion and dust for the participants. Harlow Bus service will ferry racers to the 3 mile and 8.6 mile starting lines.  The shuttle will leave at 8:05am Sharp from Carey Park. If someone must drive you to the start of the 3 mile run, they need to leave immediately or wait for at least 10 minutes to avoid traffic congestion.  If rides are given to the 8.6 mile start, cars must return to town via the paved road on the West side of the lake and NOT enter the dirt portion of the road.

Course Description

All participants must complete the course by 11:30 am to receive a time. The course consists of pavement, leading to dirt road, and then back to pavement.  There are rolling hills and many beautiful views of the lake as this loop naturally travels around the lake. The course is marked with white powder, and there are mile markers on course.  Please keep in mind that the roads are not completely closed to traffic. There are aid stations at miles 3, 6, 8, 10, 11.5, 13, 15.5, 17.  Although many aid stations will have both water and sports drink, it’s always a wise decision to pack your own replenishments to ensure you have what you need when you need it. A satellite course map can be found at, 30K Course, The 8.6 mile course starts at mile 10 of this map, and the 5K mile starts at mile 15.6

30K or 18.6 Mile Run- Start Time 8:00am

The course starts on the Lake Road and immediately travels through the Downtown area.  At about mile 1.2 it turns onto Warren Wagon Road and follows the road all the way around.  It travels on Lick creek Road into town, and finishes where it started.

8.6 Mile Run- Start Time 9:00am

Why do we have an 8.6 mile run, and not an 8 mile run, or a 10 mile run?  That’s easy!  The only wide spot on the backside of the lake loop that is big enough to host runners is the little wide area that is 8.6 miles from the finish.  Buses leave at 8am from the finish line, a dry bag drop box will be available to drop your clothes.  DO NOT leave anything on the bus, as it will not be returning to the race.

5K or 3.1 mile Run- Start Time 9:00am

The only good spot to start this race is on the corner of Lick Creek Road, and it happens to be 3 miles from the finish.  We will back the start off 1/10th of a mile back on Lick Creek to make this an official 5K.  The course starts at the corner of Lick Creek Road, at 9:00 am, buses leave at 8am from the finish line, a dry bag drop box will be available to drop your clothes.  DO NOT leave anything on the bus, as it will not be returning to the race.  As you can imagine if the clothes drop is picked up after you leave to run the race, and it takes a little bit to load it up, and then it’s impossible safety wise to get around the runners and get to the finish line before the masses finish, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT FOR YOUR CLOTHES THAT YOU DROPPED AT THE START LINE.  It might be a good idea to drop your clothes at the finish line and not the starting line of your race.  I’m sorry that the clothes just can’t possibly beat you to the finish line for the short 3.1 mile run.


You can register at for this race and all City of Trees Marathon Association Inc. Races.

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We will be offering short sleeve technical shirts for the 2015 event.  We will be using the Zorrel-Syntrel Shirt. 


$38 for pre-registered $10 additional for late or race-day registration. Late entry fee is for ALL registrations after August 30th

8.6 mile

$33 for pre-registered $10 additional for late or race-day registration. Late entry fee is for ALL registrations after August 30th

3 mile

$23 for pre-registered $10 additional for late or race-day registration. Late entry fee is for ALL registrations after August 30th.

3 mile kids under 14

$18 for pre-registered $5 additional for late or race-day registration. Late entry fee is for ALL registrations after August 30th.

All races are non-refundable, non-transferable.  The City Of Trees Marathon Association Inc has the right to refuse entry to anyone for any reason.  You must have a bib number to participate, and there or are no exchanges or refunds available.

Packet Pick Up

The packet pick-up is Saturday, September 5th from 4-6 pm in the parking lot of the Idaho First Bank in McCall Idaho, 475 E. Deinhard.  Please schedule yourself in to the packet pick up, as it gets very hectic on the morning of.  There will be morning of check in for those who can’t make it Saturday afternoon, however we encourage everyone to attend the Packet Pick Up on Saturday.

Timing Chips

The timing chips for all event distances will be passed out the morning of the event, Sunday between 7:00 and 8:20 at Depot Park, the Start Finish line for the 30K.  If you plan on catching the bus, get your chip before you load.  If you plan on getting to the start some other method like getting a ride from a friend, you will need to pick up your chip before you go to the start.  We will not have chips available at the starting line of the 5K or 8.6 mile run.  The 30K participants will need to pick up their chip prior to the start of the race.   


The awards ceremony will be at the Depot Park next to Hotel McCall starting at 11:15 to 11:30 am.  Please plan on sticking around and cheering for those who finish after you, the park has been made available for us and we will have refreshments available post race and for sale. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall finishers for Male and Female in each race.  Awards will be given to the top three in each 10 year age group.  Only one award will be given to the deserving participant, ie if you are a 45 year old male who was the overall winner, you will get the overall award, someone else will get the 40-49 age group award. The awards are based on “Gun Time”  What that means is that even though some of the events are chip timed, we use the first person to cross the finish line to determine awards.  Other prizes will be awarded after the awards ceremony, such as running shoes and other prizes donated by Shu’s Idaho Running Company. All participants will receive a technical fabric shirt.  Late registrants and day of registration people are not guaranteed a shirt at the finish and may have to pick their shirt up at a later date.  

Previous Years Results

2005- 2006- 2007- 2008-30k 2008-8.6 mile 2008-3 mile 2008-3 mile kids under 14 2009- 30K- 2009-8.6 Mile- 2009 3 Mile- 2009 3 Mile Kids- 2010 30K – 2010 8.6 Mile- 2010 3 Mile- 2011 30K- 2011 8.6 Mile- 2011 5K- 2012 30K- 2012 8.6 Mile- 2012 5K- 2013 30K- 2013 8.6 Mile- 2013 5K- 2014 30K- 2014 8.6 Mile- 2014 5K-    

Previous Years Pictures

2007- 2008- 2009- 2011- 2012-


The City Of  Trees Marathon Association Inc. would like to thank our sponsors for providing product, services, donations, and money towards bringing the participant a quality event.


Payette Little Ski Hill Little Ski Hill History Built in 1937 as a winter diversion for local forest workers, the Little Ski Hill has served the region’s youth and skiing community for over 65 years. Located two miles north of McCall, Idaho on highway 55, this small but action-packed facility has an alpine hill served by a T-bar providing 405 vertical feet of terrain which is the only lit ski and snowboard hill in the area. Plus 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails located at our new facility Little Bear Basin.

Finish Line Sponsor

Shu’s Idaho Running Company Shu dude

Timing and Registration BCS Logo

Water Station Staff

Other sponsors include

The Payette Lake Run is an approved race for the City Of Trees Racing Association Series.  A City Of Trees Marathon Association Inc. Event  

24 thoughts on “Payette Lake Run

  1. Thank you for a great time yesterday. That was my first Payette Lake run (8.6) and I hope to continue the tradition, maybe do the full 30k next year or at least “defend” my big age group win this year:)

  2. Just want to say thanks for another great event. This year I have participated in three of the races you organized and all of them were fun. Thanks again for your time and thanks to all of the volunteers!


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