City Of Trees Marathon and Half Marathon

City Of Trees Marathon and Half Marathon

October 11th, 2020

Park Center Park

Marathon 8:00am

Half Marathon 9:00am

2020 Update

Breaking Event News:

Due to the Covid19 Pandemic and Idaho’s continuation of Phase 4, and the City of Boise’s limitation on public gathering we will be unable to hold our event as planned. The cancellation is due to prevalent safety concerns for gatherings, and we have chosen the safety of our participants, the volunteers, vendors, and staff as our top priority.

We greatly appreciate the ongoing enthusiasm and interest that everyone has shown towards the event.  It was our intention to produce a great event that could bring some sort of positive experience, while providing a safe space without compromising the style and quality of events we produce.  We have made the difficult decision to cancel the event, rather than not deliver the best event possible.  We will continue to apply our efforts to the 2021 event.  We welcome you all to join us 10/10/2021.

We would like to extend our heartfelt apologies to all those that have trained for the City Of Trees Marathon, and to those of you who have registered.  We would like to sincerely thank all of you for your support and understanding .  Refunds will be processed over the next couple of weeks, your patience is appreciated.

Event Information

The City Of Trees Marathon will be held on Sunday October 11th, 2020.  The race start and finish will be at Parkcenter Park, on Parkcenter Blvd. Boise Idaho 83706. The City Of Trees Marathon events are USATF certified courses, and the marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier.  Chips will be used to assure accurate timing, you must wear a chip to be timed in the events.  The course will be marked with a-frame signs and there are mile markers indicating the half marathon and full marathon miles.


You can register for the City of Trees Marathon Events Here:  COT-2020

Marathon registration fees are: (Fees Change at 11:59pm Eastern)

$68 Through May 3rd, 2020 

$78 Through September 27th, 2020

$88 After September 27th, 2020

Half Marathon registration fees are: (Fees Change at 11:59pm Eastern)

$44 Through May 3rd, 2020

$50 Through September 27th, 2020

$60 After September 27th, 2020

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.

The Course

The City Of Trees Marathon events are USATF certified courses, and the marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Chips will be used to assure accurate timing, you must wear a chip to be timed in the events. The course will be marked with a-frame signs and there are mile markers indicating the half and full miles.  The course is mostly under the Fall canopy on the Boise Greenbelt.  The Fall colors make a magnificent back drop for the flat, fast and beautiful course.  The course travels through many Boise parks along the scenic Boise River.  Voted Boise’s best place to run by Trip Advisor, and revealed as a top 20 most popular places to run by RunKeeper, the course displays many unique running paths that are a staple to the area’s life blood. 

Half Marathon Course Map: Half Marathon Course Map

Marathon Course Map: Marathon Course Map

Aid Stations

There will be aid stations located within miles 2-4-6-8-10-13-15-17-18-20-22-24

Sports Drinks and other replenishments will be offered within miles 4-8-13-17-22
Gel will be offered at Mile 6 and 17/22

It’s always a wise decision to pack your own replenishments to ensure you have the packet when you need it.

Host Hotel

The Host Hotel for the City Of Trees Marathon is the Spring Hill Suites Hotel, located about a block away from the Start/Finish Line at 424 E. Parkcenter Blvd. Boise Id, 83706

Reservations for the event can be made by:

Phone:  Individuals can call the hotel direct at 208-342-1044. Please use the group code CITY OF TREES MARATHON when making phone reservations. Reservations must be received on or before 9/17/2020.  At the cut-off date, all unreserved rooms will be released.  Reservation requests received after 9/17/2019 will be accepted on a space and rate available basis.

Online:  You can make reservations online by going to the following link  MARRIOTT/SPRINGHILL SUITE

Special Group Rate $99 – $105 USD per night

Official check-in time is 3:00 p.m.  Groups may be checked in earlier depending on occupancy levels and availability of “ready” rooms.  Check-out time is 12 noon at this hotel.

Self-parking is available to all hotel guests on a complimentary and space available basis. The hotel does offer a complimentary shuttle from the airport and drop off and pick up from many downtown area locations.

The hotel offer a complimentary breakfast for hotel guests and they are open earlier than their normal hours on Marathon Sunday to accommodate the needs of the group.

Packet Pick Up and Expo

The Packet Pick-up and Expo will be Saturday October 10th from 9am to 3pm at the Host Hotel.  Spring Hill Suites 424 E. Parkcenter Blvd. Boise Idaho 83706.  You are encouraged to pick up your packet on Saturday, we are open 9-3, to accommodate as many as we can.  It’s very hectic Sunday morning, and our volunteers are trying to get everything covered for race prep, so if you could give your best attempt to make it to packet pick up, it would be appreciated.  Especially if you are living in the area, it only takes a couple of minutes to stop by and save yourself the time of standing in lines in the morning of the race.

Packet Pick-Up

Participants will receive long sleeve, 3/4 zip, technical fabric shirts while supplies last.  Since we order these in March, if your size isn’t available at the time you register, we will have a long sleeve screen printed technical fabric shirt available.  Register early to guarantee your special shirt/jacket.  We will have your timing chip, bib number, safety pins, and of course your shirt available for you at the packet pick up.  Please wear your timing chip on your wrist, and don’t lose it, or you will end up having to pay a $40 replacement fee.  If you decide at the last minute to switch races, please let us know at the packet pick up, or at the timing tent on race day before the start of the event.

Noteworthy Fun Stuff

2019 Guinness Record For Skipping

WFFA 8 News Report on COT 2019 Skipping Record

YouTube Full Video of Skipping The COT Half 2019



2019 Results

2018 Results

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Half Marathon

2019 Half Results

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Event Photos

2019 COT Event Photos

2018 COT Event Photos

2017 COT Event Photos

2016 COT Event Photos

Community Partnerships

The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is the choice of charity for the Fit For Life Half Marathon events. The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance was created out of a meeting of concerned Idahoans who knew Federal funding for Idaho’s sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, and paths was threatened. The mission of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is to promote active transportation as healthy, safe and reliable for all Idahoans.

The IWBA Board understands concerns over Federal budget deficits, this happens every day in business. The bigger problem is that Federal grants for bike/walk programs face elimination so funds will be shifted solely to road building projects. The grant programs were only $.015 (1 ½ cents) of every Federal Transportation dollar. Thus, the amount being shifted is minuscule for roadway projects but hugely beneficial for bike and pedestrian projects.

Our country faces an obesity epidemic and active recreation and transportation options are the “medicine” for it. We don’t need more lanes for cars. We need sidewalks, bike lanes, paths, and trails giving people options for going to school, work, shopping or recreation.