Payette Lake Run


Payette Lake Run

September 6th, 2020

8:00am Depot Park McCall Idaho

2020 Update

Breaking Event News:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it is with much regret that we are cancelling our previously scheduled Payette Lake Run event in McCall Idaho scheduled for September 6th.  The cancellation is due to prevalent safety concerns for gatherings, social distancing, and health organization  facility requirements. There are too many unforeseen circumstances especially with travel, so we are choosing 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 give everyone a great event, but not compromise anyone’s safety or the style and quality of the events we produce. We have made the difficult decision to cancel the event rather than not deliver the best Payette Lake Run possible. We will not be re-scheduling the 2020 event so as not to conflict with the events previously scheduled or those events that have rescheduled to a later date.  We have held the event through wildfires, smokey conditions, rain, wind gusts, construction and other obstacles, but we don’t have a work around for Covid 19.  We will focus on The 2021 Payette Lake Run, and welcome you all to join us 5th, 2021.

We want to extend our most heartfelt apologies to all those who have trained for our events, and have previously 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 Info

Spend Labor Day Weekend in McCall and run one of the three beautiful courses. 30K, 8.6 mile, or 5K. The 30k, or 18.6 mile run starts and finishes at the boat docks, this takes you through the town of McCall and all the way around the lake for a complete loop. The 8.6 mile run is a half way around trip, buses take you to the start, and then you finish at the same place the other runs finish. The 5K run is a very scenic run next to the golf course until you get to the lake and the finish line.


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 8:10am Sharp from the Depot Park area.  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.  Strollers and Bikes will not be permitted on the bus.  The busses will be rather packed, so get settled in and get to know your neighbor on the short ride to the starting line of the shorter distance races.  DO NOT leave anything on the bus!  We will have a couple boxes for your dry clothes etc.  Both the 8.6 and 5K events will use the boxes to place their stuff in.  Once the race starts we will transport the stuff back to the start.  (If you are running the 5K you might beat your stuff back, be patient, but we will return it as soon as we can to the finish line post race area in Depot Park.

You need to get your timing chip from the Depot Park Area before departing for the 8.6 mile starting line, or the 5K starting line.

Registration Info

You can register for the event at Click Here: PLR 2020 Registration

The Registration Fees are $40 for the 30K, $35 for the 8.6 mile, $25 for the 5K, and $20 for kids running the 5K.  There will be a $10 late registration fee added to all registrations after 11:59pm (EDST) August 23rd.

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.

Course Info

There are three event distances. All races finish at Depot Park. (Formally 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 8:10am from the finish line). The 5K run starts at 9:00 from Lick Creek Road.

30KRace- Starts and Finishes at Depot Park (Formally Carey Park), The course runs clockwise through town to Warren Wagon Road and then follows the lake around to the finish.

8.6 mile race- Start 0.4 mile North of North Beach on the unpaved section of the road, (Buses leave at 8 sharp from Depot Park) finish at Depot Park. You need to get your timing chip from the Depot Park Area before departing for the 8.6 mile starting line, or the 5K starting line.

5K race-  Race starts at Lick Creek Road, and finishes at Depot Park.  (Buses leave at 8am sharp to Lick Creek Road)
You need to get your timing chip from the Depot Park Area before departing for the 8.6 mile starting line, or the 5K starting line.
Course Map: Click Here
Distance 18.479 miles   Total Ascent/Descent 1227 feet / 1227 feet
Lowest Point 4996 feet (at 18.34 miles)   Highest Point 5209 feet (at 11.74 miles)
Uphill 7.83 miles (42.4%)   Downhill 7.94 miles (43.0%)
Flat 2.68 miles (14.5%)   Height Gain 213 feet
Steepest Uphill +13.3% (at 9.67 miles)   Steepest Downhill -10.0% (at 5.54 miles)
Longest Uphill 0.50 miles (at 14.65 miles)   Longest Downhill 0.84 miles (at 15.88 miles)
Aid  Stations
The stations will be staffed by the McCall-Donnelly Girls Soccer Team, they always do such a great job, and are so happy to do so.  The water stations are about every 2 miles apart.  When you run by them make sure you thank them so they will keep coming back to support the race, good bunch of kids!

Packet Pick-Up Info

Packet pickup is Saturday, September 5th from 4-6 pm in the Parking lot by 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.  We do allow one person to pick up multiple packets for friends, family, running partners etc.

We will have technical fabric shirts with the PLR logo on them at the packet pick up, as well as before and after the race Sunday morning.

Timing Chips will be picked up the Sunday morning at the event at Depot Park.  You need to get your timing chip from the Depot Park Area before departing for the 8.6 mile starting line, or the 5K starting line.


Awards and times will be determined by Gun Time, we will not be using chip time for awards.  Chip Time will be used for your individual accomplishments, but the awards will be determined by the mass start time due to the multiple start locations.  We will hold the award ceremony as close to 11:30am as possible.  We really want the last finishers to complete the course before we start handing out the awards, and since we go three deep for age group awards, many runners will be receiving awards.  We understand if you can’t stick around after you finish the 5k, but you are encouraged to go back to where you are staying and come back for the awards ceremony.  We will have beer and refreshments in the park for the post race party, and we usually have some great raffle prizes to keep you interested.


2019 Race Results


8.6 mile


2018 Race Results


8.6 mile


2017 Race Results


8.6 mile


2016 Race Results


8.6 mile


Previous years and other searchable results

Course Records

30K Course Records
Men- Kameron Ulmer in 2012, 1:42:03
Women- Kinsey Middleton in 2018, 1:50:39


Click for 2019 Pictures

Community Partnership

The Payette Little Ski Club is the charity of choice for the Payette Lake Run.  The Little Ski hill offers many programs for kids as well as some quality Alpine and Nordic skiing for all ages.  The Little Ski Hill was 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 75 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 Nordic facility, Little Bear Basin.

We offer many events and services such as nordic trails, a terrain park, and an air bag for learning tricks. Plus, we have the coolest multimedia club a kid could ask for.