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Lake Lowell Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 14 Apr 2018

About Lake Lowell Marathon

A nearly completely flat course around the shoreline of Lake Lowell inside Idaho’s Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge awaits runners at the annual Lake Lowell Marathon & Half Marathon, which sees a few hundred runners cross the finish line in all races combined each year.

The full marathon and half marathon are USATF certified courses, which means you will be able to qualify for Boston or other races using this course.

The race takes runners along the roads that wind around Lake Lowell inside the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, whose 10,588 acres first became a refuge for migratory birds like mallards and Canada geese back in 1909, when president Theodore Roosevelt first set aside for protection the land then known as the Deer Flat Reservoir as a national bird refuge.

The nearby Snake River Islands Refuge was set aside for protection in the 1930s, and the two were consolidated into a single park and refuge for birds, trees and other wildlife in the early 1960s.

Today, of course, the refuge’s open water, wetlands, grasslands and forest areas remain an important bird sanctuary and offer a peaceful, serene setting for the Lake Lowell race. For runners in the half marathon, the out-and-back race begins on the eastern/northern end of the lake, in Lake Lowell Park.


Aid Stations

All courses will have aid stations and port-a-potties approximately every two miles. The full marathon actually has 15 aid/potty spots.

Award Medals

Medals will be given for all finishers (marathon = 5″ medals, half = 4″ medals, 10k = 3 1/2″ medals, 5k = 3″ medals). They are custom cut die cast medals and the distances will have sublimated ribbons showing the distance you completed. And they have a water skiing squirrel on them. Awards for overall Top 3 males & Top 3 females. All participants get a 100% polyester short sleeve tech shirt.


Chip timing will be provided for all distances.


Lake Lowell Park

Lake Lowell Park, 12880 Iowa Ave, Nampa, ID 83686, USA




Majestic views of Lake Lowell.


From the marathon starting line, the race then unfolds along a sideways U-shaped route that’s almost entirely flat. The only hill of any real significance doesn’t rise up to meet runners until they’ve reached the mile 10 marker, where the course rises just over 100 feet in elevation between miles 10 and 11 along Indiana Avenue.

Once they’ve passed the mile 11 marker, the road descends just as quickly as it rose, bringing runners south toward the Upper Dam.

Runners will go all the way up to Perch Rd, then to the intersection of Marsing Rd and Lake Shore Rd. Runners will turn onto Lake Shore Rd and will make a u-turn before reaching Pump Rd.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.