Winded yet? Sign up for more than a few races this month and you'll be pushing the envelope. It's all for a good cause, anyway. Here's what's in the running for June:
Heart and Sole Run
This race is the second in the Portneuf Valley Fun Run/Walk Race Series. Participants are invited to run or walk one, several or all of the races. The fun run series consists of five events from May through September. This is the granddaddy of Pocatello running events, going back about 30 years according to legend. Advanced registration is encouraged and can be handled at the Parks and Recreation office at 144 Wilson ave or online at Active.com. You can also register at each race. Into the summer months, the series also includes the Joint Jaunt Run on July 14 and the Mohs Derm Dash on Aug. 11.
Teton Dam Marathon
Every June, runners from all over the country will be participating in the Teton Dam Marathon. You can pick one of six different races, featuring a full-marathon, marathon-relay, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, or a one-mile fun run, which takes place every year around the anniversary of the breaking of the Teton Dam. Vendor booths will be set up in Smith Park.
Annual Bear Lake Marathon
The Bear Lake Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is nestled in the heart of the mountains. This small tourist town is most often celebrated for its large turquoise blue lake. People from all over the world visit Bear Lake during the summer to enjoy biking, running, fishing and all types of water recreation. This is a friendly town with delicious eateries. There is also that myth about the Bear Lake Monster . . .
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Scenic River Classic
This long-standing Idaho Falls event will kick off at the pier at Snake River Landing and feature a half marathon, 10k run, 5k run/walk and a kids one-mile walk. The event's purpose is to raise money for Development Workshop programs.
To Bone & Back Relay Race
The "To Bone & Back" 40-mile relay, 5-mile run, ultra-marathon is unique among local races in that a majority of participants are runners in eight-person relay teams. Each runner carries the Bone Baton for a 5-mile leg, and then hands off to the next teammate. For the truly adventurous, the 40-mile solo ultra-marathon is also available. For those unable to get a relay team together, the five-mile run is also available. The route begins in Idaho Falls, and continues along winding, hilly country roads to the small farming area called Bone. The Relay Race then returns along the same route. Cost is $20 per runner.
Bear Lake Monster Century Bicycle Ride
This race is a fully supported 100-mile ride from Montpelier to the beautiful Bear Lake and back. There is a 50 mile option as well. Ride hard and reward yourself with an amazing hamburger and hot dog barbeque at the finish line.