Half Marathon

Half Marathon (13.1 miles) 2,322 ft vertical climb

The Half Marathon course has 2,322 vertical climb over a beautiful single track loop. The forested trail has a race high point of 7,600 feet

The course follows a well-marked single track course markings will be Pink. Starting and finishing at Oregon Gulch.  Heading south along the river via the Saddle Trail, must go to turn around point. Then down towards Chocolate Gulch where you’ll find a full aid Station at Fox Creek. Head up and over the Oregon-fox connector mountain trail to a race high point of 7,600 feet.  Then down and over creek towards Oregon Gulch aid station and along the gentle terrain of Oregon Gulch trail to the finish.

Course map

Turn-by-Turn Directions 

  • Start Oregon Gulch
  • Run northwest on Saddle Trail.
  • Turn Right at T intersection and run .5 miles and go around turn around point. (tree)
  • Back down trail past T intersection (smile for the photographer) and go along Chocolate Gulch.
  • Keep left to take North Fork Loop.
  • Turn right onto Fox Creek Loop.
  • Run southwest on Fox Creek Loop.
  • Turn right onto Chocolate Gulch.
  • Turn left onto Oregon-Fox Connector.
  • Run north on Oregon-Fox Connector.
  • Turn right onto Oregon Gulch
  • Run through Finish/start area at Oregon Gulch

Elevation gain

Pre Race Meeting

Limelight Hotel Outside on Patio . 151 South Main Street, Ketchum, ID 83340

Race day start times 9:05am (first wave) 9:40 (second wave) Sept 23, 2023

Sunrise 7:35AM Sunset 7:18PM

Everyone MUST board the complementary bus at 8:40am or 9:15am for 2nd wave from Big Wood School, 100 Saddle Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340 (opposite YMCA Ketchum) Please don’t be late, we can’t wait for you and we can’t change you to a different wave. Because the event is sold out. So don’t miss the bus!

There is a bathroom at Guy Coles Skate Park and at Oregon Gulch trailhead and Fox Creek.


There is very limited parking at Oregon Gulch, and we have an agreement with the Forest Service that we will only use 5 spaces at the trail head so the public can access the trails. Do not park along the fence or in the scrub around trailhead. You can get picked up and dropped off at Oregon Gulch.

Overflow parking is available across the road on Barlow Street. See map below

The bus is a 71-seater and will operate at 60% capacity. The bus ride will take 10 minutes.

The bus will return to Oregon Gulch approximately 12:00pm and 1:00pm to bring you back to Big Wood. There will also be a third bus picking up those arriving at finish line later.

Start/ Finish at Oregon Gulch. There is a bathroom at the Trail Head, Aid Station & First Aid.

Start time 9:05am First Wave, 9:40am 2nd Wave

Make sure you are checked in or you will get a DNS (Did not start)

Bib number must be worn at all times, preferably on the front.

Aid stations Aid stations are at Mile 4.5, Mile 10, Mile 13.1, Atkinsons Market will be providing energy fuel such as bananas, fitness bars, H20, isotonic drinks.

Gear Drop During the race as you warm up, you may drop extra clothes at mile 4.5 aid station. Please name your items beforehand and remember to collect all personal belongings at the Finish line.

Race rules:

No dogs, leashed or unleashed, will be allowed along the course.


Be prepared for the weather! Rain, Hail or Snow is possible in late September. Bring a extra layers and wet weather gear. There is also a possibility of Smoke from wildfires. You can view air quality with this website https://air-quality.com/place/united-states/blaine-county/60acab98?lang=en&standard=aqi_us If the AQI is over 150 at 7am on Oct 1st the race will be called off. The race director has final call.

Cut off time A liberal cut off time of 6 hours has been set.  This is the time limit for the Half Marathon participants to reach the finish line for an official finish. If the participant has not reached the finish line by that time. Help will be provided to reach the finish line. If the participant refuses help and decides to go on without help.  He/she takes full responsibility for their actions. All runners must follow these instructions.


There will be a wilderness first responder stationed along the course. They have the authority to pull runners from the race for safety reasons. Please treat them with respect if they feel it is in your best interest to discontinue your race. 

  • It is best to try and get to the next aid station. However if you are unable to carry on under your own power await another runner to catch up to you and relay the emergency to him/her with instructions to pass on about your emergency and your bib number. 
  • This information should be passed on to the next aid station. Each aid station captain has a radio and help will be given. 
  • If you are the absolute last runner on the course then a course sweeper will be following along. 

Cell phone signal. 

We recommend bringing a cell phone with you for safety. However there are parts of the course that cell coverage is very limited. Such as the start / finish area. There is signal along the first 4 miles and above 7,200 feet. 

Photos Race photographer from Smileys Mountain Photo will be at mile 5 and finish to capture the moment, photos can be purchased online from http://www.smileysmtphoto.com

Prizes Runners will receive a free event T-Shirt, prizes will be awarded to top three runners and spot prizes will be given out.

Fastest Male and Female of the day win a free stay at Limelight Hotels. Thanks to Limelight Hotels for their support.

Prizes will be given out at finish line.

Sawtooth Brewery have donated beer to the runners, most runners will be going there after the race to celebrate, bring your race bib. Thanks Sawtooth Brewery for your support!!

Athletes and Supporters receive 20% off all hotel bookings at the Limelight Hotel Use this link when booking

Our goal is to raise money for Higher Ground Website, 10% of proceeds will be donated to this worthy cause.

Kate Puddy the Membership and Fundraising Coordinator for the Wood River Trails Coalition. Will be at the pre race meeting. Wood River Trails Coalition is a trail stewardship organization working to create, maintain and sustain the trails in the Wood River Valley for all users. Please consider becoming a member Website

Legends Never Die operate under a special use permit from the US Forest Service.

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