The Sandpoint Scenic Half Marathon is named such for a reason—you’ll find stunning views of Lake Pend Oreille. You’ll also find plenty of post-race drink, food, and recreation, and your race fees will support local Sandpoint businesses. “The race start and finish line is at our iconic City Beach, offering a panoramic view of Lake Pend Oreille,” says Kristin Carlson of Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. “Both the 10k and half go across the Long Bridge, allowing runners to experience Sandpoint’s true beauty.”

The annual event held September 16 this year marks the 10-year anniversary for this race. Race coordinators have hinted at some special anniversary swag and activities, and runners can expect to receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and awards for top finishers. “It’s about more than just the beauty,” says Scenic Half participant Andy Groat. He describes the course as a gorgeous out-and-back without significant elevation gain, but he keeps coming back for the sense of community. “It’s a very doable race, whether you’re hyper competitive or 13 miles seems terrifying,” he says. “Because it’s an early fall race, it accommodates all levels of runners who have set goals over the season.”

The race brings in over 700 runners from across the country, creating a fun vibe to explore the culture of Sandpoint. After your run, be sure to visit the downtown shopping district’s unique Cedar Bridge marketplace. You’ll also have access to great restaurants, local breweries and wine, live music, and post-race swimming at the beach. Scenichalf.com. //