Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.1
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
3.7
SWAG
3.8
The Bear Lake Trifecta in Idaho kicks off the series on Thursday and includes a marathon and half marathon. The Water’s Edge Resort Bear Lake Marathon weekend is fast becoming one of America’s favorite destination races for those seeking to become members of the 50 State Club. By completing three … MORE
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    jwmhelbing FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was the first and only marathon I got to run in person for all of 2020. The race director was very well prepared and responsive to emails and communications. … MORE

    This was the first and only marathon I got to run in person for all of 2020. The race director was very well prepared and responsive to emails and communications. The course is difficult to a flat lander (at over 6400 feet above sea level, it is the highest altitude at which I’ve won a race in my entire life). The championship belt and portable race champion flasks are great for out of towers to take home their hardware without breaking it in their luggage. Friendly and, most important, great organization to avoid risk of covid 19 transmission with the flexible start time, distanced aid station helpers, and wide open rural routes. Would come back next year, pandemic or not.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    plucas45 FIRST-TIMER '20

    My cousin and I enjoy running races together and the trifecta came at a perfect time. We live on opposite sides of the country and we met up to run … MORE

    My cousin and I enjoy running races together and the trifecta came at a perfect time. We live on opposite sides of the country and we met up to run all three Half Marathons (Idaho, Wyoming and Utah). With everything shut down this was a great event to be able to run 3 days together. All the races were safe and run efficiently. The staff was great and kept it fun for everyone. The swag was over the top. Nice prizes for age groups and overall awards. More than expected for sure. If you are trying to hit every state, as I am, this is a great one to do. The scenery is great. I doubt I could run 3 Half Marathons in a row if it wasn’t for the scenery. To top it off the weather was perfect. Hats off the the event staff that made this happen. Although my cousin and I didn’t get to run together much last year, at least we ran these three races together. All these races are on the repeatable list. Loved them.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    raispuro FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall about the Bear Lake Trifecta: The owner bought the race 6 days before the event. It was very...bumpy, but he did his best with what he inherited. The previous … MORE

    Overall about the Bear Lake Trifecta:
    The owner bought the race 6 days before the event. It was very…bumpy, but he did his best with what he inherited. The previous owners did not leave much information or direction for him. The issues that occurred, he apologized for and was determined to fix for next year. He is an experienced runner and triathlon and knows what we expect. He also owns other events, so I am confident that the race will improve. The swag we got was great! I was expecting a shirt for each race, but we only got one. The quality was great. The medals were gorgeous and state/day specific, but not race specific. This doesn’t bother me, but it does bother others. The swag bag had the most things from sponsors of any race I’ve done. There were all sorts of goodies! For completing all 3 races, we got a flask, which is awesome! It also had a race decal in it. We got a zip up race hoodie and a buff, but I don’t remember what for. They basically had a bunch of different race logo merch and no specification of what each piece was for. The post race goodies were amazing, especially for such a small race. There were many food and drink options after each race. They capped the total participants at 500. They also added a 5k, which added a lot of local runners. This was a difficult task—3 half marathons in 3 days—but the staff and volunteers made it much easier!

    Specific To This Race:
    This was the worst course of the 3. They had changed from the previous year’s course to this one last minute. The one before was along the lake, but this one was pretty far from it. It was a down and back course. It was paved for maybe the first mile or so. This was a sparsely populated neighborhood, so a few houses. The rest of the course was country roads that were a combination of dirt and gravel. This was basically farmland. It was gorgeous, but boring scenery. The mosquitoes were HORRIBLE on this course. There was one area where they were in huge swarms like gnats. The road was not closed, so there were cars traveling up and down the roads. Some of these were participants and/or spectators, which is understandable, but it made the conditions worse with the dirt and gravel flying up. By the time I finished, it was raining, so there weren’t many people at the finish and I didn’t explore the food selections. The race people at the finish line were great and super supportive. The aid stations were well stocked with a variety of items and the volunteers were amazing!

    TIPS: If you are doing the trifecta, I suggest getting to Bear Lake a few days before the packet pickup. We thought we would explore after the races, but we were exhausted. There are so many things that this little area has to offer, and I’m sad we didn’t get to do much. Leave Bear Lake the day after. This way you can relax. We drove back to Salt Lake after the 3rd race, and I wish we would have stayed. Be prepared for any weather. We experienced an Oklahoma-like thunderstorm on one of the days after the race. I was shocked! Look at the condo rentals. We rented a home that was GORGEOUS and perfect for our trip. I also suggest staying in Garden City. It’s the most “central” to all races. We used Vacasa to rent a homeand still have the link to our rental, if interested.

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    5
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    4
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    2
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    4

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    runningservant Sep 15, 2020 at 12:30pm

    Great review. Thank you for the insight. Please send me your rental link [email protected]

    Great review. Thank you for the insight. Please send me your rental link [email protected]

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    Ironferg FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race went through several race directors over the course of the past 12 months from what I understand. The folks that ran it at the end of the day … MORE

    This race went through several race directors over the course of the past 12 months from what I understand. The folks that ran it at the end of the day clearly tried their best to make it a great event and while there were a few snags, it WAS A GREAT EVENT for me. The Idaho course was new this year and I absolutely loved the peace and serenity I enjoyed on this run over dirt and gravel roads in the country…no cars. White caps 360 degrees and wildflowers galore. Great medals for race and place with a nice adequate spread of food post race. This is a small event with great people.

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    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    natalya1299 FIRST-TIMER '19

    As a previous reviewer notated, a new company bought this race just 6 weeks ago and the first race of the Trifecta had a bumpy start. This was a different … MORE

    As a previous reviewer notated, a new company bought this race just 6 weeks ago and the first race of the Trifecta had a bumpy start. This was a different course than previous years and it was 90% on a rocky/gravel road. There were aid stations every 2 miles that had pretzel, Gu, water, EFS for electrolytes, and watermelon. The course measured about .2 miles short. When I finished, initially there were no ribbons for the medals and the promised pizza never materialized. On the plus side: your name was announced as soon as you crossed the line. But the race director was kind, so I didn’t complain. If you’re just looking to knock out a state, go for it.

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    3
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    3
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    3

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    aispuroar03 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Bear Lake Idaho Marathon & Half is a race that can be ran on it’s own or if you want to challenge yourself, you can sign up for the … MORE

    The Bear Lake Idaho Marathon & Half is a race that can be ran on it’s own or if you want to challenge yourself, you can sign up for the Trifecta and take home some additional swag and bragging rights. The trifecta is a great way to gain membership or level up if you are a member of Half Fanatics or Marathon Maniacs. When we signed up for this series, a different company was putting together this race but about six weeks prior to the event, someone new bought the race and it was surprising how organized these races were. Below are some pros and cons from what me and some of the other runners thought about the race.
    scenery- throughout the race you are surrounded by countryside and mountains. A negative about the scenery was that the location for this race changed 3 times and the first two times, we had the chance to run by the lake.
    Aid stations – For the half, they had 3 ad stations (5 total since the course was a down and back) and they were fully stocked with water, electrolytes, gu, jelly beans, pretzels and a ports potty. The only negative about the aid stations were they would sometimes run out of cups and toilet paper. It was an issue for the back of the pack and most marathoners.
    Course – Mostly flat course throughout with some small inclines. Negative- since we ran out in the country, the roads were 90% rocky dirt roads with pot holes and loose gravel throughout and there was no trees for shade from the sun.
    Pre & Post Race – Packet pickup was either the day before or the morning of the race. If you picked up your pack the day before, you got a tech shirt, drawstring bag sponsor swag and the choice of either a mug or buff. If you picked up the day of the race, you got a different design shirt and drawstring bag and a buff. Post race, whenever you finished you got a nice size medal with a ribbon showing the state and under the pavilion, they had fruit, water and pizza from a local sponsor. If you placed in your age group or overall, you got a gold medal (which they didn’t have available on the first day. They had an announcer and music playing throughout post race so even if you’re a back of the pack runner, everyone is cheering and are happy to see you finish.
    Con – a lot of the swag and medals were from the previous year so some people got a medal with a bears head on it (this years design) and some got a medal with a bear paw on it (last years design). Some runners didn’t like the new design because it didn’t say ‘half marathon’ on it. I also was expecting that we would get a shirt for each state we were in but for the size of the race, I’m okay with what we got.
    Overall it was a good race to run. Not my favorite of the 3 but If the current race director was able to get all this done within 6 weeks, I’m sure next years series will be well worth it.

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    kaylabilladeau REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I should have come a day earlier, as I was really struggling with elevation compared to my ND home. Beautiful, Flat course along the northern side of Bear Lake. A … MORE

    I should have come a day earlier, as I was really struggling with elevation compared to my ND home. Beautiful, Flat course along the northern side of Bear Lake. A beautiful relaxed run. If I were to do it again, I’d do the early start on this race, as it got warm pretty quickly.
    I loved the relaxed atmosphere, and the people running were so much fun.

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    queequeg1971 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was the first race in the series and after traveling 15 hours it was great to start running. The race was an out and back on rolling hills and … MORE

    This was the first race in the series and after traveling 15 hours it was great to start running. The race was an out and back on rolling hills and starting the race at 6:00 am was definitely a big help to skip the heat of the day. The hardest part of the race was on the return trip was running into and through the overwhelming number of half marathoners (at times they were walking 8 across the road). But the experience was great and well put together.

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    3
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    3
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    4

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    dougiefres1 FIRST-TIMER '15

    The 1st of 3 days of 3 marathons in 3 states . Very flat course with some gravel roads through Bear Lake state park. Good for 50 staters and marathon … MORE

    The 1st of 3 days of 3 marathons in 3 states . Very flat course with some gravel roads through Bear Lake state park. Good for 50 staters and marathon maniacs. Very basic support but great finishers medals esp if you do all 3 states. Not a large race but good comaraderie with other racers. Early morning option is nice for slower runners or if you want to avoid the heat.

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