Payette Brewing, Downtown Boise
Every mile will feature all the talent and diversity and enthusiasm that this beautiful city of Boise has to offer. We are inviting bands, choirs, singers, quartets, ensembles, actors and dancers to perform all along the course. Every visitor attending this race will come away believing that Boise is the warmest, most enthusiastic, caring city they have ever been to.
The Onward Shay Marathon and Half Marathon will begin and end in beautiful downtown Boise, Idaho alongside the Boise River.
The course will follow the greenbelt, a paved foot path that spans miles of connected parks along the beautiful Boise River from one end of the city to the other, passing by Boise State University before weaving in and out of downtown Boise, past the state’s Capitol Building and travel through scenic Boise neighborhoods including historic Harrison Blvd., 13th St., and through other parts of scenic Hyde Park.
In early 2014, running lost a dear friend to her 11 year battle with cancer. Shay Hirsch was born June 8, 1947; and raised in the city of Boise, ID. A grandmother, mother and loving wife, Shay brought joy into the hearts of everyone she met. The strength to overcome great struggles, learned during her time as a marathon runner, helped Shay face her diagnosis and ensuing battled with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer with dignity. Throughout her battle, Shay wrote to her friends of the struggles she faced, never for pity and always with a seemingly impossible amount of courage. Every uplifting email she wrote to friends following her progression ended with, “Onward! Love, Shay ” thus, the name of our race. Because Shay loved the Wizard of Oz and what the story represented, we will incorporate the inspirational themes of courage, heart, bravery and endurance, much like what is needed to complete a marathon.
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