Challenge Yourself on These 3 Scenic PNW Race Courses

When it comes to beautiful courses and diversity of distances, three upcoming races in the Inland PNW stand out. Whether you’re doing your first 5k or marathon, the energy of a well-organized, professional event and stunning scenery make the miles melt away and the memories last a lifetime. These three Negative Split produced events have those based well covered with mountain lakes and urban river courses; high-energy racers, staff, and volunteers; and top-notch food, aid stations, post-race festivities, and race swag. Set your personal goal and sign up to make it happen!

Scenic Spokane River running on the Windermere course.

Windermere Marathon, May 15

Distances: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K (Boston Marathon qualifying event)

Location: Riverfront Park, Spokane

Run along the beautiful Spokane River on the paved Centennial Trail on this flat, point-to-point course with a finish in Downtown Spokane at Riverfront Park! All the scenic wonder of a course out in nature with the fun of a big city race. New in 2022, you can also register as a fundraiser and help raise money for some great charities. Starting times vary for the different distances, and there’s an optional shuttle bus available from Riverfront Park to the various starting locations on race day morning with tickets purchased in advance. Aid stations will be spread out along the course every 2-3 miles and an after-party to remember is planned post race, along with an awards ceremony. Find more info and register here. Use the discount code RUNOUTDOORS for 15% off race registration.

Stretch of the scenic Coeur d’Alene Marathon, Half, 10K, and 5K course in downtown CDA

Coeur d’Alene Marathon, May 29, 2022

Distances: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Challenge

Location: McEuen Park, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Lauded as one of the most scenic marathon courses in the U.S., the course for this 45th-year event traverses Lake Coeur d’Alene shoreline, offering plenty of natural distractions to energize racers along the way. Aid stations are also included every 2-3 miles or so along the course, and there’s an automatic camera set up to capture photos of racers at the finish line. After the race, spend the day exploring Coeur d’Alenes beautiful parks and beaches and unique downtown restaurants, pubs, and shops. Find more info or register here. Use the discount code RUNOUTDOORS for 15% off race registration.

The finish after a run around Hayden Lake

Hayden Lake Marathon, October 15, 2022

Distances: Marathon, Half Marathon, and ¼ Marathon

Location: Honeysuckle Beach, Hayden, Idaho

Celebrating its 10th year, the Hayden Lake Marathon is the newest regional event to professionally produced by Negative Split, and race organizers are teasing big things in the works for incredibly scenic, lake-loop race. This unique marathon course goes completely around Hayden Lake (10 miles north of Coeur d’Alene) on hilly, challenging forest-lined roads. Enjoy stunning mountain lake views and run past golf courses, farms, and forest. All three distances start and finish at Hayden Lake’s Honeysuckle Beach, a beautiful neighborhood park overlooking Hayden Lake and surrounding mountains. Runners can expect aid stations and excellent food and swag along with shirts and an awards ceremony at the finish. More race info and registration link. Use the discount code RUNOUTDOORS for 15% off race registration.

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