Overall Rating
Overall Rating (26 Reviews)
4.2
(26 Ratings)(26 Reviews)
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3.1
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4.2
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4.1
SWAG
4
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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    EmileeClark FIRST-TIMER '13

    This was my second marathon and I planned to run Wyoming and Utah races. The day was SO HOT and course was mostly dirt. I was not prepared for that … MORE

    This was my second marathon and I planned to run Wyoming and Utah races. The day was SO HOT and course was mostly dirt. I was not prepared for that and I actually ended up getting sick that night and could not complete the next race on the Utah side. My mother in law did and LOVED the Utah course around the lake. I would love to go back, more prepared, and enjoy the trifecta by doing all three races.

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    annaraya FIRST-TIMER '21

    Beautiful scenery... but in a small town area... not a whole of options of lodging without being out in the middle if no where. But would definitely do this race … MORE

    Beautiful scenery… but in a small town area… not a whole of options of lodging without being out in the middle if no where. But would definitely do this race again

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    hawkd22 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great area to relax. Great views of Bear Lake. Easy to get to the start line. Packet pickup was a breeze. The course was rolling hills and full sun for … MORE

    Great area to relax. Great views of Bear Lake. Easy to get to the start line. Packet pickup was a breeze. The course was rolling hills and full sun for a good portion. Love the medals. The aid stations were at good locations and very well stocked.

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    debbydawn FIRST-TIMER '21

    Loved the small town charm, the beautiful views, and the amazing runners from all around the country that came out for this trifecta! I wasn’t expecting quite so many hills- … MORE

    Loved the small town charm, the beautiful views, and the amazing runners from all around the country that came out for this trifecta! I wasn’t expecting quite so many hills- but there was plenty to look at. I didn’t mind the out and back at all. Awesome aid stations! Loved this race!!!

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    cfconwayiii FIRST-TIMER '21

    Well ran event, staff and volunteers were great. Quick to respond to question and emails about the race. Very nice medal. Views were amazing! Highly recommended! MORE

    Well ran event, staff and volunteers were great. Quick to respond to question and emails about the race. Very nice medal. Views were amazing! Highly recommended!

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    50StateRunner50 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great out and back course with quiet views of Bear Lake. The extremely friendly race staff made everyone feel welcome. I really enjoyed interacting with other participants --many of whom … MORE

    Great out and back course with quiet views of Bear Lake. The extremely friendly race staff made everyone feel welcome. I really enjoyed interacting with other participants –many of whom were completing the trifecta.

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    troll2069 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The entire series of races was well organized and had good support. The aid stations had water and snacks about every 1.5 miles. Good after-race snacks, drinks, and music. The … MORE

    The entire series of races was well organized and had good support. The aid stations had water and snacks about every 1.5 miles. Good after-race snacks, drinks, and music.

    The Idaho half marathon had some hills that were unexpectedly high, and the wind was strong on much of the course. Beautiful view of the lake on the out and back course. The elevation was over 6000 feet, but it didn’t seem to bother me.

    I really enjoyed the race production and organization. The participants were all very friendly and seemed to have a good time. This was the first time I stayed with others during a race. Five of us completed all three days and getting to know them and spend time with them made the weekend an even better experience.

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    dternal REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The course was scenic with little traffic. Aide station were plenty with cheers during the Covid time. A series I would participate again, I guess I have only missed one.. MORE

    The course was scenic with little traffic. Aide station were plenty with cheers during the Covid time. A series I would participate again, I guess I have only missed one..

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    kimmiet70 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I truly enjoyed this race. I participated in the all three included in the trifecta and so glad I did. The swag was nice and the organizers did a fabulous … MORE

    I truly enjoyed this race. I participated in the all three included in the trifecta and so glad I did. The swag was nice and the organizers did a fabulous job. Lots to do in the area. It definitely felt like more of vacation then my typical runcations. I plan to do it again with my friends. Recommend you book room and board early. There are some pretty amazing cabins that sell out quickly.

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    Went to Hot Springs Idaho for a three hour soak which seemed to be what I needed before my second race in Utah. Snacks after the race was plentiful. MORE

    Went to Hot Springs Idaho for a three hour soak which seemed to be what I needed before my second race in Utah. Snacks after the race was plentiful.

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    Jaf1063 FIRST-TIMER '15

    The people are amazing, everyone waits till the last finisher!! Beautiful scenery so amazing!! MUST DO RACE!!! Loved my Trifecta jacket, and hat!!! So much fun!!!! MORE

    The people are amazing, everyone waits till the last finisher!! Beautiful scenery so amazing!! MUST DO RACE!!! Loved my Trifecta jacket, and hat!!! So much fun!!!!

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    TresaFaye FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Bear Lake Trifecta was my first multiple-day running event. The number of runners was low but the camaraderie was high. Of the three races, this one was the prettiest. … MORE

    The Bear Lake Trifecta was my first multiple-day running event. The number of runners was low but the camaraderie was high.

    Of the three races, this one was the prettiest. All three races are out and back runs. Some people find this boring but it helped me because I saw everybody and I spent less time alone.

    I did miss a turn last on the course and was the last finisher. However, it also helped me stand out in the small field.

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    apeso78 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course was an easy in and out. Nothing very exciting to view and a little boring. Doing the Utah side this year so we’ll see how that is MORE

    The course was an easy in and out. Nothing very exciting to view and a little boring. Doing the Utah side this year so we’ll see how that is

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    whitney.demel FIRST-TIMER '15

    One of my friends was trying to get her 50 states, so I was conned into doing this race with her (3 marathon in 3 states in 3 days!) :) … MORE

    One of my friends was trying to get her 50 states, so I was conned into doing this race with her (3 marathon in 3 states in 3 days!) 🙂 We had an absolute BLAST! I loved the sense of community between all of the runners, and the aid stations/volunteers/swag/views were all top notch!

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    catgod FIRST-TIMER '19

    A great opportunity to check off three states quickly. Local was interesting, right on a lake. Learned about the local history from a lovely volunteer at local church. Smaller size … MORE

    A great opportunity to check off three states quickly. Local was interesting, right on a lake. Learned about the local history from a lovely volunteer at local church. Smaller size race, which is always my preference. I would recommend this race.

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    batch127 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is beautiful course to run. I ran this when I celebrating 28 years of marriage. Unfortunately, I got a divorce about 16 months later. But it was still a … MORE

    This is beautiful course to run. I ran this when I celebrating 28 years of marriage. Unfortunately, I got a divorce about 16 months later. But it was still a lot of fun. All 3 days were a great experience and would definitely return with my new wife.

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    lancenull FIRST-TIMER '18

    Day 1 of the 3 day Bear Lake Trifecta. It's the half marathon trifecta for me. We started in St. Charles, ID and ran to the north side of Bear … MORE

    Day 1 of the 3 day Bear Lake Trifecta. It’s the half marathon trifecta for me. We started in St. Charles, ID and ran to the north side of Bear lake and out toward the North Beach State Park. This course is about as flat as can be — for better or worse, and there is some nice wildlife scenery along the lake. The half is an out an back course.

    One of the best things about the 3 day series, is the friends you will make.

    After the race, consider taking a tour of the Minnetonka Cave. Nothing like a nice little hike down into a cave to work out those legs!

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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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    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.

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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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    runningservant Sep 15, 2020 at 12:30pm

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

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