Running Out of Ways To Put it Off?


So, you've been meaning to do it. All your friends are doing it. And you promised yourself that you'd do it too. Or die trying. But really, it won't kill you. Probably. And there’s no time like the present to get started.

We're talking about lacing up those running shoes and pounding the pavement. If you, like countless others, have made a resolution to start running, you are in luck. It's the prime time to register for an organized run—because you need a goal, right? So take a look at this short list of up-coming events, pick one and get registered for it already. Then you can hit Bandanna downtown or Shu’s Idaho Running Company on State Street to get your foot fitted for the perfect shoe, your gait analyzed and your uh, sole, motivated.

Dry Creek Half Marathon—Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m., $38 registration fee. Course starts and finishes at the Merc at the Hidden Springs town square and is part of the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series. Register online at

Freeze Out Challenge—Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., $23-$28 registration fee. Starting at the Gem County fairgrounds in Emmett, this race has two options, Take either the short course (3.7 miles) or the long one (6.5 miles) for this run on Race starts at 10 a.m. Register online at

Mad Hatter Relay—Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m., $28 registration fee. Grab a friend and a couple of goofy hats for this one. Each of you will run 2 two-mile legs, for a total of 4 miles each. The trade-off will be your hats. The race begins at Julia Davis Park. Register online at