Half-Marathon FAQ

1.  Registration for the YMCA’s Famous Idaho Potato half-marathon

2.  A t-shirt from the YMCA.

3.  A complimentary 2 class/week membership to all members of Team Pamoja from our friends at D1 Training Boise.


What does my registration cover?

We are adhering to the protocols and requirements of the Treasure Valley YMCA. Please review them below before you agree to participate.


Are there any COVID protocols?

We will provide you with the following:

  1. Fundraising materials: We will provide you with a peer-to-peer fundraising page, materials you can send out to your friends and family, and email and social media templates.

  2. Direct support from our fundraising staff: We appreciate you offering your time and love to help benefit Expansion International in this way and want it to be an AWESOME experience. We are here to help every step of the way. If you have any fundraising questions, email amie@expansioninternational.org.


How do I fundraise? / Will you give me any guidance?

Yes! When you join Team Pamoja, you will be invited to train with other members through periodic group runs as well as group workouts together through a temporary and complimentary membership at D1 Training Boise (see question 7).


Will I have the opportunity to train with others?

1.  Here is a good place to start. Below you will find a standard training schedule for a half-marathon. We suggest you start building a base of miles early to be as prepared as possible. 


*Note: We are not trainers, just a group of people who love running and love Kenya! If you need additional assistance getting ready for the race, please seek counsel from your doctor.*



2.  You can find helpful training tips for running a half-marathon at the link below.





3.  We invite you to join Team Pamoja for eight group team runs to be held on Saturdays. Once you are registered, we will email you the Monday prior to the group run, with information about where and when to meet.


Group Run Dates: Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 9, Apr. 23, May 7.


I've never run a half-marathon before! How do I do this?

No! You can walk or do a combination of running and walking. For information on run-walk methods, check out Jeff Galloway’s website at the link below for more information.


Do I have to run the whole way?

We will have an “Invite Night” at D1 Training Boise on Wednesday, January 26th. We’ll all do a workout together. Following the workout, D1 will set each member of Team Pamoja up with a temporary membership. 


How do I get my D1 Training Boise membership?

Your free membership to D1 will include two classes per week. It will kick off on January 26th at our "Invite Night" and be active through race day, May 14th.


How long will I have a membership to D1 Training?


Who or what am I helping by joining Team Pamoja?

You are transforming lives in Kenya! The money you raise will help make an impact in seven communities Expansion International works with. Expansion International serves communities by providing healthcare, education, and economic assistance. Your fundraising can help put students through high school, provide medicines to families in need, and so much more!



No minimum required! We do ask that you put your heart into the fundraising just as much as you do the training. It will make a big difference in a lot of lives!

Is there a minimum amount I need to fundraise?

Race participants must be at least 14 years old per the YMCA's age requirements.



Is there an age restriction?



Per YMCA’s rules, family and friends may not be at the start and finish lines. However, they can cheer you on along the way!

Can my family and friends come and watch?



Along the greenbelt in Boise. The race starts at Sandy Point and ends in the Albertson’s headquarters parking lot. You can view the race map at the link below.

Where am I running?



Park near the finish line and the “potato shuttle" will take you to the start of the race! Buses will pick up at the finish line, Albertsons HQ on Parkcenter Blvd (250 E Parkcenter Blvd. Boise). "Potato shuttle" pick-up times are between 5:00 am - 6:30 am. (Buses do fill up so don’t wait for the last bus).

Please note: Masks are required when in line and on buses for this event.

Parking is limited at the starting line for the full and half marathon. Be aware the road into the full and half-marathon closes at 6:45 am to all traffic other than buses. Also, remember no dogs on the buses and some strollers may not fit. Please be respectful of bus drivers and other participants. 

How do I get to the starting line?

Come Run With Us!