BOISE -- The 35th annual Race to Robie Creek half marathon is in the books, and the top results are in.

This year's winner was 35-year-old Jamey Yanik from Boise, who ran his fourth Race to Robie Creek. Yanik told KTVB his strategy was simple.

I was just surviving it, man, just doing what I could to get through it, Yanik said. Then once I got down to mile 12, someone told me I was probably 40 seconds ahead. I somewhat relaxed, but kept the pressure on, and just got lucky.

Gray Augustus from Ammon took second place, while local runner Jesse Chlebeck from Boise finished third.

Yanik's time was just about one minute behind Don Flaten's 1975 winning time of 1 hour 20 minutes (the first year the Race to Robie Creek was ever held).

2012's race brought intense heat, blazing speed and big smiles from the hundreds of competitors who finished the 13 mile run popularly known as the toughest race in the Northwest.

You can check out stories, slideshows, our finish line camera and more on our Race to Robie page.

Temperatures near the race's summit topped-out in the 70s, while those near the race's start in the valley were in the low 80s.

Notable race highlight's included 2012's unique Hot Samurai theme that saw many racers dressing in martial arts-inspired running clothes and accessories.

The race's start in Fort Boise park also included an elaborate Japanese Daiko drumming performance and blessing of the mountain spirit, by Boisean Kimball Anderson, who teaches Aikido and Japanese sword techniques.

And that's a good thing, because man racers need all the blessings they can get for this uphill battle.

From the race's 2,700' start, competitors run up Shaw Mountain Road toward the 4,700' Aldape Summit, then back down the road to the Robie Creek Campground near Lucky Peak.

The race has traditionally been sponsored by Boise's Rocky Mountain Sailtoads running group since its inception.

You can check out raw video of the race's start above.

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