Onward Shay! Boise Marathon Weekend Schedule

Get ready for a weekend of fun-filled events, including an expo, kid's race, the races (of course) plus the finish party & more! Here is the weekend schedule! Times are subject to change. 

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Saturday, October 27th, 2018

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Expo and Packet Pick Up – there will be a full schedule of special guest speakers covering topics from the world of running!

  • 2:00 pm – T-Shirt pickup for the Run Toto Run Kid’s Race

  • 3:00 pm – Run Toto Run Kid’s Race – an opportunity for the youngest runners (2-14 years old) to meet legendary runners and Olympians!


Sunday, October 28th, 2018

  • 7:00 am – same day packet pickup at Payette Brewing*

  • 9:00 am – First wave of the race Starts! (the half and full marathon). The start/Finish lines are at Payette Brewing.

  • 9:15am - second wave starts (5K and 10K)

  • 11:15 am – Half Marathon Awards – Finish Festival at Payette Brewing*

  • 2:00 pm – Marathon Awards – Finish Festival (time to drink the Onward Shay IPA!)

  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Course Closes

  • *Payette Brewing is located at 733 S Pioneer St, Boise, Idaho.

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Everything you need to know for race day including the event schedule, course maps, race rules, and more.

Onward Shay! Boise Marathon Course Maps

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Marathon map (on Map My Run)

Half marathon map (on Map My Run)

10K map (on Map My Run)

5K map (on Map my Run)

Payette Brewing Location (Onward Shay Start/Finish Line, Kid's Race, Expo & After Party)


Book Your Hotel for Race Day

So many options to choose from! The hotel featured below is located close to the start/finish in downtown Boise. You can view more hotels available through our booking engine. 

The Grove Hotel

Step into the Grove Hotel and experience the unequalled style in downtown Boise, ID. From its dynamic downtown setting, this intimate retreat represents a more casual level of luxury, delivered by a friendly staff as comfortable bringing breakfast to your room as it is arranging things for race day. Attached to the 5,000-seat CenturyLink Arena and adjacent to the Boise Centre, The Grove puts you just steps from the city’s best shopping and restaurants. Not to mention, less than a ten minute walk from Onward Shay's start/finish line. Rooms are typically $199, however we have partnered with The Grove to give you $50 off! If you're staying at the Grove, you can pick up your race packet here as well!



Hotel 43

Urban chic charm and boutique style create inspired stays at Hotel 43. This hotel is located a few minutes walk from the start/finish line, right in downtown Boise. Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast at Metro Cafe, or meet up at Chandlers Steakhouse for dinner and drinks.  Offering discounted stays to Onward Shay registrants! (Also $149/night.)

Things to See & Do in Boise


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Idaho Steelheads Hockey

Be a part of the excitement at an Idaho Steelheads hockey game in the CenturyLink Arena, located in the Grove Hotel. Group seats available. Fans enjoy being part of the action within the 5,000-seat arena. Slap shots, hat tricks and more! www.idahosteelheads.com

Public Golf Courses

The Boise area has over 22 public golf courses that are located in the lush foothills of the Boise Valley or along the banks of the Boise River. www.boise.org


Basque Museum & Cultural Center

Only one block from the convention center, this unique attraction provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities of Idaho. Tour the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House, one of the few remaining in the west. www.basquemuseum.com

Warhawk Air Museum

The mission of the museum is to teach and preserve history from the homefront to the warfront and aviation history from the advent of flight though the space age. The museum takes you through an educational experience of the technology, culture and social changes that have occurred in North America since WWII. www.warhawkairmuseum.org


Fly Fishing the Boise River

Trout, rainbow, steelhead and whitefish are plentiful and waiting to be caught. Idaho is famous for its fishing. www.fishidaho.org

Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park

The tallest single-structured sand dune in North America 470 feet above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home. Activities include fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching and viewing the stars at Idaho’s only public observatory. www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov


Old Idaho Penitentiary

Only five minutes from downtown Boise and adjacent to the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Visitors can experience over 100 years of Idaho’s unique prison history. www.history.idaho.gov/old-idaho-penitentiary

Greenbelt/Boise River

The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River providing a place for fishing, biking, roller blading, jogging or a leisurely stroll. Bicycles are available for rent at a variety of bike shops. www.cityofboise.org/parks

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Boise’s Downtown Museums

In Julia Davis Park, visitors will find a row of Boise’s museums including: Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, Idaho Black History Museum and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, all within walking distance of downtown Boise. www.boise.org

Southwest Wine Region

The history of Idaho wines dates back to 1864 when the first grapes were planted. A perfect combination of soil, climate and water, Idaho is home to more than 50 wineries to explore. www.idahowines.org

Idaho Botanical Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a living museum, which provides visitors with a stimulating and kaleidoscopic experience in nature. The garden’s 33 acres were originally part of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. www.idahobotanicalgarden.org

Boise State Football

Fall in Boise is a great time to take in a Boise State Football game. All games are held at Albertsons Stadium, home of the famous blue turf. For a complete game schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.broncosports.com.

Trail Rides/Backpacking

Idaho’s outfitters and guides offer trail rides and backpacking trips into just about every corner of the state. Often combined with fishing, river running or hunting – whatever activity you choose, you will have the opportunity to explore spectacular scenery. www.ioga.org

World Center for Birds of Prey

Visitors can enjoy live bird presentations and guided tours, getting nose to beak! Explore the world of raptors through interactive displays and multi-media shows. There is something fun for all ages! www.peregrinefund.org

Idaho State Capitol

In the heart of downtown, Idaho’s State Capitol is one of the state’s most treasured buildings modeled after the nation’s capitol and the only one in the U.S. heated by geothermal water. The building is open 24/7 and has unique Idaho gifts located in the Gift Shop. More information here.

Tips provided courtesy of Boise.org

Download a PDF of all the things to see and do in Boise here > 

Where to Eat in Boise

We have many amazing places to pick from! Check out this map of all of the best places to give a shot during your stay.