Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
3.9
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
3.6
SWAG
3.3
2020 EVENT RESCHEDULED FROM JUNE. *** 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) … MORE
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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:
    The course began and finished in the grass, which was NOT ideal. The previous year’s participants had talked about horrible mosquitoes on this course, and the race people were prepared with bug spray for the participants. This was so nice! The cops were really nice and friendly. The course was a down and back, which went mostly uphill and then back down. This was probably my favorite course of the trifecta. The roads weren’t closed, which wasn’t a big deal other than the asshole drivers going 70+ and not caring about the race/participants. There were even semis (big rigs, whatever you call them) that sped by. Super scary and annoying! The aid stations were well stocked with a variety of options and amazing volunteers! This course was the furthest from the “main” area (where Cody’s is), but the drive was beautiful!

    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.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    aispuroar03 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The Bear Lake Wyoming 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 Wyoming 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.
    Below are some pros and cons from what me and some of the other runners thought about the race.
    scenery- Just like the Idaho race, you are surrounded by countryside and mountains. The only negative i can really say about the race was that it was an hour drive from where we were staying at with some construction. Luckily, we still got to the start line on time. Previous runners & some of the locals recommended having bug stray with you because of the mosquitoes i didn’t have an issues with them on my run.
    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. Just like the previous race, 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 time we had paved roads on a down and back with some small rolling hills & no pot holes. Negative- It seemed kind of random that
    we started & finished the race on grass in the park but i believe this was because the parking lot area was muddy from the rain the night before. Once you got on the paved part of the road, we had to cross some rail road tracks. Prior to the race, the announcer said that if there was a train coming while you were close, they would stop the race clock until the train passed so it didn’t mess up anyone’s time. Just like yesterdays race, there was no shaded parts along the course to help protect us from the sun.
    Pre & Post Race – Packet pickup was either the day before the first race, the day prior or the morning of the race. You get a tech shirt, drawstring bag, 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 group selling additional post race food & drinks as part of a fundraiser.
    Con – Like the previous race, 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, this course was a lot better than the Idaho course. Loved that the roads were paved & had some small rolling hills. I believed they fixed most of the issues they had the day before & i think everyone had a better time throughout the race.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    natalya1299 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was the second race of the Trifecta and things went a little better. The course started at a park and was 99% on the pavement and was a simple … MORE

    This was the second race of the Trifecta and things went a little better. The course started at a park and was 99% on the pavement and was a simple out and back. The aid stations were there as they were the day before, every 2 miles. There were a few rolling hills, but nothing devastating. And most importantly, the course measured out as a half marathon, as it should. They had medals *with* ribbons at the end. Race times were available right afterwards and pizza! But it was all cheese which is an “ok I guess”. It was piping hot since I was there when it arrived. This race had a restaurant less than a mile away called the Gold Buckle Grill, which served us a hearty breakfast and great service. Overall, I can say I have Wyoming checked off. Would only recommend as part of this series.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    Ironferg FIRST-TIMER '19

    This 3 State Series has so much potential! The previous race director left and the group that tried to pick up the loose pieces did an amazing job in my … MORE

    This 3 State Series has so much potential! The previous race director left and the group that tried to pick up the loose pieces did an amazing job in my opinion. Did they have hiccups…you bet! BUT, they were honest and no doubt tried there best to make sure everyone had an enjoyable time. Keep this one on your radar, because the area is beautiful to visit and if the same group keeps this race going they’ll be successful! Thanks for a great experience!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    kaylabilladeau FIRST-TIMER '18

    I took an early start to this race due to heat, and loved it. They were rolling hills that seemed to go on forever. An out and back along farmland … MORE

    I took an early start to this race due to heat, and loved it. They were rolling hills that seemed to go on forever. An out and back along farmland and in the distance some mountains. It was beautiful, and a great second of 3 race.
    Director makes sure everyone has a good, safe race and finishes. Aid stations were great with bug spray and water.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    queequeg1971 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Day 2 of the race series. This course was the lesser of the three races. Out and back on a country road, it felt a little lonely but that could … MORE

    Day 2 of the race series. This course was the lesser of the three races. Out and back on a country road, it felt a little lonely but that could have also been because it was the second day. The miles were marked well and the aid stations were fully stocked. The race directors go above and beyond to make sure everyone finishes.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    dougiefres1 FIRST-TIMER '15

    3rd of 3 state series. Very basic support and low key race. fairly flat course with few rolling hills. Run by many farms. Early morning start option is nice and … MORE

    3rd of 3 state series. Very basic support and low key race. fairly flat course with few rolling hills. Run by 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.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    1

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