|| based on 4 reviews
||26.22 miles / 42.19 km
||Start: Tendoy School
Old Lemhi Road - Salmon, ID, US
||point-to-point, mixed flat & hills, unpaved path
||Certified marathon course - this map is approximate.
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Added by Kathy Gatens on 1/29/2008
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With a two mile climb (and then descent) of at least 280 feet, right after mile 13, this course should not be classified at fast for any except the most mountain experienced marathoners. It is tough to go up and down that side dirt road after 13 miles.
Very well organized though (start is ideally at dawn), and extremely scenic. Finishing on the Salmon River, with free local beer, is a bonus.
Good destination marathon, but train for high altitude, gravel road (only a small part is asphalt) and a couple steep grades up, though overall downhill.
What a fantastic event the good folks in Salmon, Idaho put together. Put it on your race calendar for 2009! This point-to-point race starts at an altitude of 4,881 ft and follows a dirt road into Salmon, ID where it ends on the bank of the Salmon river at 3,931 ft. It is downhill with a few rolling hills. There are two inclines at mile 7 (steep, but short) and mile 14 where the course takes a 1.5 mile out-and-back up a drainage. This is a fast course! In my running group of five, we set three PRs! The race is a Boston qualifier. The entire event is superbly organized! Support stations were every two miles with plenty of volunteers, water, Heed and porter potties. The intersections along the road were staffed by members of a local horseback riding group. Other attractions included a moose at mile 3, a senior citizen group singing "God Bless America" at mile 5, hawks circling low in the sky at mile 18 and a herd of goats at mile 21.
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I'm now retired, living in Florida...this route was where we used to drive around with "the easy girls" and drink beer when I was a kid in high school...maybe I'll go back and run.
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