Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
3.3
SWAG
3.1
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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    aispuroar03 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Bear Lake Utah 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 Utah 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, Marathon Maniacs or the 50 States Club.
    Below are some pros and cons from what me and some of the other runners thought about the race.
    scenery- Different kind of scenery today than from the previous races. Along with the white cap mountains & countryside, you get a beautiful view of the lake, neighborhoods & the town of Garden City. This is what I’ve been wanting to see at all 3 races.
    Aid stations – Like the previous 2 races 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. Just like the previous 2 races, a 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 runners and most marathoners.
    Course – This course was a down & back with mostly paved roads with about 2 miles of trail near the turn around point. The start and finish was in the grass at a small park in downtown Garden City. Once you leave the park area & cross the street, the first 2.5-3 miles, you’re running on a narrow bike path next to the main street, which was great because i felt safe not having to worry about oncoming traffic. Once you make the turn at the lighthouse, you run about 2 miles through some neighborhoods. Just before the second ad station ( & 4th on your way back) you run up a steep hill, but once you get to the top, be sure to turn around and check out the view. When you get to the 5 mile marker, you start making your way towards a trailer park & the beginning of the trail part of the course. It’s an uneven packed country dirt road with large rocks with a gradual incline up to the 3rd ad station & turn around point. Negative – Since I’ve only ran paved courses, it would have been nice to know how much of the course was going to be trail so i could have been better prepared with my training & gear. Still felt odd starting and finishing the course on grass rather than in the parking lot area. My wife is a back of the back runner so on her way towards the finish line, some of the people in the neighborhoods along the course were out mowing, which with her allergies, made it difficult for her to breathe. If the RD could make it know to the community about what is happening during the day, maybe that would help some of the others still out on the course.
    Pre & Post Race – Packet pickup for this race was either the day before the first race, the day prior or the morning of the race. You get a tech shirt, drawstring bag, local sponsor swag, and the choice of either a mug or 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 so they brought them on the second 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. At this race, they had a local sponsor selling beer & another one handing out ice cream sandwiches.
    Con – Like the previous races, 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), some got a medal with a bear paw on it (last years design) & some got a different color than others. When i finished, i got a blue medal, but whenever my wife finished her race, she got a yellow one. i had to go get swap out mine so that we matched. Some runners didn’t like the new design because it didn’t say ‘half marathon’ on it. If you ran all 3 races in the trifecta, you got a flask. If you were a marathoner that ran all 3 races, you got a belt buckle. Me & some of the other runners were also expecting to get a separate “Trifecta” medal as well but i never saw any out on the table at the finish line. There was also some confusion about if you registered early, you would get a free hoodie. Me, my wife & some other runners registered in June whenever it first opened up & some runners registered during a Black Friday sale. The RD came by the table & honored what the previous owners of the event promised & we got a hoodie for finishing the event.
    Even though the course had trails, I will still say that Utah was my favorite out of the 3 courses. All 3 races had amazing course support & volunteers to help everyone make it through this challenging endurance event. With what this RD & his staff was able to do within the 6 weeks prior to the start of this, I have no doubt that any hiccups that they had will be fixed & this will be THE summer event for every runner. I would still recommend this to any runner who’s looking for a challenge & i look forward to trying this again in the near future.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    natalya1299 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The 3rd race of the Trifecta was in the lovely beach town of Garden City. I opted to start at 6am with the marathoners so I could finish early to … MORE

    The 3rd race of the Trifecta was in the lovely beach town of Garden City. I opted to start at 6am with the marathoners so I could finish early to make my quick cleanup and get on the highway to the airport 3 hours away. Anywho, this course took us through town, through neighborhoods, had some challenging hills/mountains, a little gravel, and 2 miles it trail! Aid stations were positioned every 2 miles as before. The weather was perfect for running and was incredibly my best day is the series. When I finished, there were medals, a Trifecta flask, and immediate results. BUT, after I got home, I learned that there was possibly a 4th medal and jacket I did not receive. I expect to hear more about this soon.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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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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    4
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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
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    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
    SCENERY
    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
    SCENERY
    4
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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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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    1

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