Zeitgeist Half Marathon and Walk A Mile In My Shoes 

Saturday, Nov. 2

Variety is the spice of life, but this spice also comes with difficult decisions. You want to hit up the Zeitgeist Half Marathon filled with sweet awards and prizes, a post-race party and support a movement advocating social change. But there's also the Walk A Mile In My Shoes event the same day, which benefits the Boise/Ada County Homeless Coalition and also offers grub after the walk.

Therein lies the rub, how can you possibly choose? Barring the ability to replicate yourself (which would make you some kind of X Man), you could attempt to register and compete in both--but you better be able to walk a quick mile.

So here are the details: Walk A Mile In My Shoes starts at 8 a.m. on a one-mile course in Julia Davis Park and follows the Boise River Greenbelt. All participants get complimentary nylon drawstring backpacks and hot coffee with a variety of breakfast foods. You'll also be helping a coalition whose focus is on the public education and advocacy for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The Zeitgeist half marathon, kicking off at 10 a.m., offers a 13.1-mile run with 1,180 feet of elevation gain around northwest Boise. The top three male and female finishers get Zorrel long sleeve, moisture wicking T-shirts, and help support a grassroots movement that hopes to transition us from a monetary-based economy to a resource-based one.

Registration is required for both events, but participants can register in advance or the day of the race. So whether you participate in one and donate to the other, or you lace up your sneakers and compete in both, there's no wrong choice when it comes to helping your community.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: 8 a.m. $10. Julia Davis Park, 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-246-8830, homelesscoalitionboise.com. Zeitgeist Half Marathon: 10 a.m., $75-$85. Optimist Football Park, 9889 W. Hill Road. Boise, 208-853-1221, zhalfmarathon.com.

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