Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.6
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
3
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 races in three states in three days (all with minimal travel between races) runners can check off three states … MORE
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    kaylabilladeau FIRST-TIMER '18

    I mentally prepared for a flat course, and am unsure when it changed, but it was a little bit of a partial trail course, which i wasn't ready for. However, … MORE

    I mentally prepared for a flat course, and am unsure when it changed, but it was a little bit of a partial trail course, which i wasn’t ready for. However, the scenery was amazing and couldn’t have been prettier. 2 aid stations, with water if you needed it 4x along the out and back course.

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    3
    SCENERY
    5
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    4
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    okchet FIRST-TIMER '18

    I signed up for Trifecta (Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah). Overall scenery of all 3 except Wyoming was great. Here is what I experienced. 1. No volunteer at all in some … MORE

    I signed up for Trifecta (Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah). Overall scenery of all 3 except Wyoming was great. Here is what I experienced.
    1. No volunteer at all in some of the aid station. You will have to serve drink by yourself which takes extra time.
    2. Not enough Gatorade or electrolytes drink at the aid station.
    3. No swags or award ceremony in all 3 races.

    If your goal is to check off the list of the states, it’s OK to do it. If you are a serious runner like me, I won’t recommend this. On top of the above issue I mentioned, I had the worst experience as below.

    I finished first overall in Idaho and Wyoming with finishing time 3:23 and 3:33 respectively and overall 3rd positing for Utah with finishing time 3:25. There was no award ceremony on the first day. I personally spoke with the race director about it, he assured that he would do the award ceremony on the final day which is Utah run day June 9th. Finished the race and asked him the time of award ceremony. He responded that he won’t do it. I was extremely disappointed. He said that he would send all the prizes via mail. Let me give you a breakdown of what I was expecting by mail.
    First place in 2 races is $300.00 ($150 for each race for the 1st place winner), $75 for the 3rd place winner. Age group prize (doesn’t clarify what exactly the prize is in their website), overall Trifecta winner (Special medal like none others and prize). I received $400 check and a flask which organizer was selling at the expo. I haven’t received the Trifecta medal. Contacted multiple times through email, facebook but no response from organizer. I know someone won Trifecta in the past and continue to will in the future by someone if organizer continue to manage the races. I wanted everyone to aware that if you are a serious runner and win the race, you might be disappointed.

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    3
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    1
    SCENERY
    4
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    1

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 14, 2018 at 12:45am

    Chet, CONGRATS on an awesome three days on your part — all three impressive performances, and especially a 3:33 and 3:25 on tired legs. That said, I'm sorry to hear the production and swag aspects of the race didn't live up to expectations, especially since this trifecta holds so much promise for 50 Staters. On the bright side, that $400 check will spend well, so glad you got that! In any case thanks for your thoughtful review, and I hope you'll consider reviewing some of your more positive race experiences here on the site as well. Keep running strong!

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    queequeg1971 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was the third race in the series and after taking second in the first two it was nice not to have any fresh legs. Unlike the first two courses, … MORE

    This was the third race in the series and after taking second in the first two it was nice not to have any fresh legs. Unlike the first two courses, this course was not an out and back. The course was on the highway and then up through some dirt hills. The day was slightly overcast which helped greatly. The race organizers do a great job making sure there was water and gels every three miles. Highly recommend running this series if you are working on all 50 or just running one.

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    3
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    3
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    3
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    4

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '15

    If you sign up for all three, you get three races in three states in three days. I opted to run three half marathons in three states: Utah, Idaho, and … MORE

    If you sign up for all three, you get three races in three states in three days. I opted to run three half marathons in three states: Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

    Utah had farm-scenery. The Idaho course ran along water. Wyoming was filled with horses. Each had a different feel. The courses were flat. The temps were perfect. The race organizers went above and beyond to make sure everyone was accommodated with whatever needs they had. If you chose, your Sunday race could be run Thursday: perfect for sabbath observers or those with tricky travel plans.

    We received 3 tech shirts, and 3 gigantic medals with growling bears on them, and a giant sticker for the car. There was an extra medal if you ran the full-marathon trilogy. I opted to also receive the finishers jacket which is a prized possession.

    This trifecta instantly qualifies you for Half Fanatics Mars.

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    5
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    dougiefres1 FIRST-TIMER '15

    2nd of 3 state series. Very basic support and low key race. fairly flat course and mostly pavement. Run by bear lake and many farms. Early morning start option is … MORE

    2nd of 3 state series. Very basic support and low key race. fairly flat course and mostly pavement. Run by bear lake and many farms. Early morning start option is nice and good finisher medals. Good for 50 staters and marathon maniacs. Race director works hard to support everyone’s needs.

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    3
    SCENERY
    3
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    1

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