YMCA Famous Idaho® Potato

Summer is coming are you looking for fun activities? We will be at the YMCA Famous Idaho® Potato Marathon this weekend. We will be dancing and doing potato sack races. Join us it will be a great time!

Famous Idaho Potato Marathon
Saturday, May 19, 2018
The YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, presented by the Idaho Potato Commission, is a fun full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K course along the Boise, Idaho greenbelt. All courses are flat and fast! This marathon can be used to qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon. Bring the entire family out for this event! We have a distance that will work for everyone. Being the 40th anniversary medals will be given to all finishers! Enjoy a Famous Idaho Potato Bar with all the fix’ns after the race prepared by Life’s Kitchen for all race participants.

Did you know that all participants will receive medals this year to celebrate the 40th Anniversary!

Start Times & Location:
Marathon & Half Marathon – 7am at Sandy Point State Park
10K & 5K – 10am at Albertsons Headquarters West Parking Lot
New Finish Line location: Albertsons Headquarters in the West Parking Lot (250 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise)
Updated Course Maps: updated 05/03/2018

Mill Park Publishing

We are so pleased to have hosted “Gators and Taters” essay writing contest at the 2017-2018 Idaho® Potato Drop. The kids were so excited to read their stories and showed so much creativity! Here’s to the next adventure Elaine, thank you for including us in your final chapter!

Pegasus Parade, Kentucky Derby Oaks & The Kentucky DERBY

The team had a wonderful time being invited on the road with the Big Idaho® Potato Tour- Idaho® Potato Commission. Larbear (The big Idaho® Potato Drop driver), Jessica (tater twin 1) & Kaylee (tater twin 2). Although the Derby was rained out, the Spud was a total HIT at the Pegasus Parade and the Derby Oaks was delightful. So proud to promote Idaho and the Idaho® Potato in Good Ole’ Kentucky. We also had the pleasure of meeting some real nice folks and enjoying some quality southern hospitality.

Community Involvement

2018 arrived with a bang, with an amazing fireworks display from Grown in Idaho and the world’s FIRST-EVER Urban-Air Exhibition on the Inland Northwest Toyota Dealers Rail Jam… All powered on Famous Idaho Potatoes!
We have already had an action-packed start to the year from Toyota Free Ski Fridays to the 2018 Toyota alpine championships in Sun Valley all the way to Copper Colorado for the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association Nationals with Gold medalist Chloe Kim! We love supporting our partners and our community, thanks to you all for your continued support!

Idaho’s Most Famous Potato

Have you picked up your copy of Greenbelt Magazine and read about Idaho’s most famous potato?! You won’t want to miss out on the 5th annual Potato Drop! Go to IdahoPotatoDrop.com to find out all the new things coming to the event this year!
Don’t forget to grab your VIP tickets before they are sold out!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/541768599507709/



New Year’s Eve Around the World

Idaho® Potato Drop | New Year's Eve Event | Boise, ID

I cannot believe we are making headlines like this! Gaining popularity as one of the most famous drops.

“The Potato Drop in Boise is rapidly becoming one of the more well known off-beat new year’s eve celebrations in the United States, attracting worldwide attention as it grows in popularity.

Boise is both the state capital and biggest city by population in the whole of Idaho so represents a logical choice to for people to come to celebrate new year’s eve, and is becoming increasingly popular both with locals and visitors to the area alike, not least due to the arrival as a focal point of the celebrations of the Potato Drop new year party.”. .

U.S News via Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — New York City drops a ball in Times Square when the clock marks New Year’s Day, but in downtown Boise, Idaho, a giant potato falls from the sky.

The Idaho Potato Commission, the state agency that promotes and protects the starchy tuber, has upped its sponsorship to $50,000 for the event that’s now in its fifth year, the Capital Press reported Wednesday.

Frank Muir, president of the commission, said the visibility for the state’s most famous farm item increases every year the potato drops. The commission provided $5,000 during the event’s inaugural year, and the offering later increased to $25,000.

“Every time we drop that potato, we get national and international coverage,” Muir said. “It’s getting more and more legs.”

The event attracts about 35,000 people to downtown Boise on New Year’s Eve. Dylan Cline, the founder of the event, said the drop has the potential to reach billions of people through major media coverage each year.

“I had no idea it was going to be such a phenomenon around the world,” Cline said. “It just keeps growing and getting bigger and drawing more attention around the world.”

Cline said the reasoning behind the potato was simply to celebrate the thing that Idaho is best known for.

“Idaho’s potato industry is a money maker for the state, and people should get behind it and support it for making the state what it is today,” Cline said. “I think it’s something we should be proud of.”

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The Treasure Valley YMCA- Harrison Classic

Idaho Potato Drop- Treasure Valley Family YMCA Harrison Classic

The GlowTato was at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA Harrison Classic yesterday. Our fabulous team member, Sandi was out playing games with kids and cheering on the race finishers. Congratulations to all the race finishers yesterday and thank you Treasure Valley YMCA for putting on this incredible event!