Snake River Canyon Half Marathon


PHOTOS Snake River Half Marathon:  Finish-Line

2017 Registration opens  December 1!


37th Running;    5 March 2016!  10 am Start!





Wawawai Landing, Washington. View map showing directions to the start of the race from Pullman, WA.


We will be organizing training for the Snake River Half. If you are in the Moscow, Pullman area we encourage you to join the speed training sessions on Tuesday nights, 6 pm at the University of Idaho track in Moscow and the long runs on Sunday mornings, 8 am starting from the fountain on Moscow Main Street.  Tempo runs during the week will also be organized on a less formal basis during the week. Keep an eye on the PRR facebook page for those postings. Or feel free to organize some training runs yourself and post these. Some folks would probably be happy to join you!

A Big Thanks to Some of our Major Sponsors and Supporters

Hotel Accommodations

Quality Inn Paradise Creek, 1400 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman. 509 332-0500. $89 plus tax. Just mention you are there for the Snake River Half Marathon.

Best Western Wheatland Inn in Colfax, 701 N Main Street. 509 397-0397. $69.99 plus tax per night. Just mention you are with the Snake River Half Marathon.

Early Packet Pickup  and Meal Specials

Early check in will be available the evening before the race at the Birch & Barley Restaurant (1360 Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA, right next to the Quality Inn) from 5 to 8 pm Friday, 4 Mar.  The Birch and Barley will offer a pasta dinner special Friday night, 4 March. (Note: This is a Friday night so expect normal wait to get a table). Saturday all runners (and guests) will receive a 10% discount on food and drinks post-race. Just show your race bib!  (Normal check in is still available morning of the race in the staging area starting 7:30 am)

2017 Deferrals – (Available until 15 February)

We really hope you will make it for the race 5 March. But, if something comes up and you know by 15 February that you will not be able to run, let me know. Once the race has filled I will deferr your registration until 2017 and allow a runner on the waitlist the opportunity to join the event. We will not provide deferrals after 15 February and no new runners can be added to the event after this date. Sorry, no refunds.

Race Policies

Remember, it is Palouse Road Runners’ and the RRCA’s policy that bib swapping is not allowed.  This is for liability and safety reasons and its just not cool. Please contact us if you know you will not be able to run so we can offer the spot to someone on the waitlist. Sorry, no refunds. Running with pets and strollers or biking along the course during a race are also not allowed. Since the course is closed to traffic, running with music and headphones is allowed.

More information will be provided as we approach race day and you can contact us at with questions.

Snake River Canyon Half Marathon Pint Glasses 2016 will be for sale for $5 at the packet pickup and on race day.

Cost:  $40,   $35 for PRR Members (Just use the super secret coupon code to get the PRR discount!)


Course Description

Runners will start at Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. They will follow Wawawai River Road on a out-and-back course where they will turn around near Water Canyon.

Water stops:
Will be located at mile 2.2, 4, 6, 7.1, 9.1, and 10.9.

Large numbers of porta-potties will be located at the starting line. Two porta-potties will be located at miles 2.2 and 4. They can also be visited on your return trip to the finish line.

All runners will be chip timed. Recorded times will be capped at 3.5 hours (16 minute miles). Note that walkers and runners will be starting at the same time this year. Timing chips should be attached to shoes using twist ties provided. Chips worn on locations other than shoes may not provide a reliable finish time. Timing chips must be returned at the finish line. Volunteers will be available to assist remove your timing chip. Runners who do not return timing chips will be charged a $25 replacement fee!

Saturday, March 5, 2015, 10:00 am for all runners and walkers.
Race check-in pickup will begin at 7:30 am on race day.

Wawawai Landing on the Snake River. From Pullman take Wawawai Road where it crosses Highway 195 on the Pullman bypass. 16 mile drive from Pullman or 26 miles from Clarkston, WA, on Highway 193.

View map showing directions to the start of the race from Pullman, WA.

Note: No cell phone coverage at the race!


$250 cash prize to any winner breaking these course records:
Open Men: 1:07:06 (Evan Sims ’13)
Open Women: 1:18:31 (Emma Kertesz ‘15)
Masters Men: 1:09:40 (David Hayes ’84)
Masters Women: 1:23:46 (Julie Groo ’02)
Wheelchair Men: 1:00:57 (Tyler Byers ’99)

Overall awards will be given to top female and male in open, masters, and wheelchair divisions. Age group awards will be given in 5 year age increments.

About the Race

The Snake River Half Marathon is put on by the Palouse Road Runners on the first Saturday in March every year. It is the first big race of the season for the Quad Cities area. It is a beautiful river canyon out-and-back course on the Wawawai River Road along the Snake River. The flat and paved course is USATF certified. The start and finish are at Wawawai Landing at a river elevation of about 720 feet. Weather in the canyon is quite warm for March with finish line temperatures close to 50F.

Past Race Results

2015 Snake River Half Overall Results

2014 Snake River Half Overall Results

2014 Snake River Half Age Group Results

2013 Race Results (by age)

2012 Race Results (by age) (photos no longer available)
2011 Race Results (photos no longer available)