"Race to Robie Creek" event organizers say "Double Robie" event is not theirs
There is no mistaking the excitement the annual “Race to Robie Creek" brings to the foothills of Boise on the third Saturday of April each spring. But recent months have brought considerable confusion regarding a new running event called the “Double Robie.”
Scheduled for this Saturday, September 28, the title has created implied affiliations with the "Race to Robie Creek."
Last spring's “Race to Robie Creek" followed a Shakespearean theme highlighting the question, "Robie, or Not Robie?" The Rocky Canyon Sailtoads (long-time organizers of the "Race to Robie Creek”) want the public to know that the new race is "Not Robie!" and is not affiliated “in any way whatsoever” with the “Race to Robie Creek" or the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads.
"Unfortunately, to date, all efforts to get the new race's organizers to respect our trademark and change their name have been rebuffed,” said 2013 Race Director Monica Rencher.
For the Boise community, the annual "Race to Robie Creek" has become a “rite of spring." Over the past four decades the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads have been proud to sponsor what many have described as the "Toughest Half-Marathon in the Northwest."
Rencher stressed that the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads is a 100% volunteer committee that receives no compensation and is organized as an IRS 501 [c] (3] charity. She pointed out that as a non-profit, the "Race to Robie Creek” relies on the help generous sponsors and hundreds of volunteers each year.
Since 1979, the committee has organized the race each spring to "have fun and support the Boise running community." In the past 10 years alone, the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads have donated more than $500,000 to charities around the Treasure Valley, across Idaho and third world countries.
“We strongly support the growth of running events in the community, especially those that highlight the wonder of the Boise foothills, and particularly those that serve charitable purposes. However, we are very concerned about the confusion that this new race has fostered by referencing our race’s name and using promotional material affiliated with our race,” Rencher said.
The 37th annual running of the “Race to Robie Creek" will be held at noon on April 19, 2014.