BOISE --- Thousands of people will gather Saturday to run the toughest race in the Northwest -- the Race to Robie Creek.
Runners will face steep inclines and even steeper declines. Winter storms wiped out sections of the road this winter and the course has received a lot of rain lately, but just days before the big race, the course has been transformed.
"I think the course will be in real good shape," said Robie Creek organizer Brian Rencher. "Both the Ada County Highway District and Boise County do a good job, and they've done some grading in the past week and we picked up trash last week, and it looks like the course is in pretty good shape."
In a few sections snow is still up against the road and water trickled across another section, but the majority of the course is dry.
However, KTVB meteorologist Larry Gebert says it could rain on Saturday. But race organizers say they aren't worried.
"It's a sand gravel dirt road, it does not really get too muddy," said Rencher. "It can take a fair amount of water and still be fine. Except for a couple of patches on the other side and hey we will just run right through it."
Around 2,500 people will line up on noon Saturday at Fort Boise to start the 13-mile race. Rain or shine those runners will make their way through Rocky Canyon.
This is the 34th annual Race to Robie Creek. Although we may see rain on race day, organizers tell us that it is no big deal. There have been times when runners have raced through snow.
After the race be sure to check out KTVB.COM. W will have a finish line camera and lots of photos from the Race to Robie. You may see some familiar faces.
Two contestants from this season's hit NBC show "The Biggest Loser" will be running the Race to Robie.
Moses Kinikini and his daughter Kaylee, from Shelley, Idaho, will be participating in the race.
"I'm going to enjoy, however, the situation is I'm going to go up and enjoy every moment of it," said Moses Kinikini.
"The Biggest Loser" airs Tuesday night on Channel 7.