We ask parents and/or guardians to stay off the course. With as many as 2,000 participants, additional people on the course (especially grown-ups) cause confusion and unsafe conditions. If you would like to watch your child, you can walk along the side of the course. We also recommend that you find a buddy to participate with your child. This gives them extra motivation and companionship during the race. Please remember that girls and boys participate in different waves, so find a buddy of the same gender.
What if my child cannot finish the race? Kids of all abilities are encouraged to attend, regardless of their speed. Many participants run the entire race, but many walk, skip or do a little of both. Just in case, we do have official pick up cars for anyone not able to finish. Remember—everyone is a winner and all participants receive a medal, water bottle, and refreshments at the Finish Fair.
With more than 300 volunteers generously helping with the race every year, we pride ourselves on the safety of the children. Race volunteers will wear T-shirts with “Race Volunteer” on the front. These volunteers team up with the Boise Police Department and carefully monitor the race from start to finish for the safety of the children. In addition, the Saint Alphonsus provides nurses and medical personnel for First Aid.
How do I find my child? In colors red, blue, green, and pink, giant wind-blades will be at the finish line for all to see. We recommend that you choose a color with your child and designate that color of wind-blade for your meeting place. Examples of these wind-blades will be available at packet pick-up so that you can see them before the big day. We also mark your child's bib with the color of your meeting flag as a little reminder to them, in case they forget. Please remember the finish line is exciting and chaotic. Be patient while waiting for your child to make it to your designated meeting spot. If you get separated from your child, please go to the Impact Radio DJ Station and they will announce over the sound system the name of the missing person.