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Overall Rating (79 Reviews)
4.8
(79 Ratings) 🏆 (79 Reviews)
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The Glacier Half Marathon is produced by Vacation Races and is part of their National Park Half Marathon Series. Run this challenging, but highly rewarding half marathon just outside Glacier National Park with some seriously stunning views! The course runs along the Eastern border of Glacier National Park. You’ll climb … MORE
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    redheadsings FIRST-TIMER '22

    Absolutely beautiful and amazing course! The first 5 miles were an incline, but that meant for pretty smooth sailing to the finish. Zero cell service, so the live tracking option … MORE

    Absolutely beautiful and amazing course! The first 5 miles were an incline, but that meant for pretty smooth sailing to the finish. Zero cell service, so the live tracking option available wouldn’t even work for me. But definitely an amazing race! I love Vacation Races at all the National Parks! Highly Recommend!

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    memories1113 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was a tough course with the first 5 miles running uphill. Fortunately they weren't that steep. The scenery along the way was beautiful and well worth the climb. The … MORE

    This was a tough course with the first 5 miles running uphill. Fortunately they weren’t that steep. The scenery along the way was beautiful and well worth the climb.
    The volunteers on the course were amazing!
    This was my 4th Vacation race and I will be back for more. They always do an outstanding job and their swag is great!

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    CG23 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is the first race I have done more than once, primarily because of the location but most of all because of the scenery and the astonishing medal. The weather … MORE

    This is the first race I have done more than once, primarily because of the location but most of all because of the scenery and the astonishing medal.
    The weather was a little cool at the start but most welcoming for a good run. The course is very challenging with a five mule climb out of the gate but the worst part in my opinion is the slant to the road.
    My goal for this race was to beat my time the first time I ran it, to my advantage I knew what to expect. Unfortunately, I did not accomplish my goal primarily because of the lack of training. If I look on the bright side it gives me another reason to do this race again.

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    pollygolightly2 FIRST-TIMER '22

    It's hard to get to, it's a really tough first 5 miles, but it's all worth it when you get to the top! Vacation Races did a spectacular job this … MORE

    It’s hard to get to, it’s a really tough first 5 miles, but it’s all worth it when you get to the top! Vacation Races did a spectacular job this year, the on course support was amazing and the photos are out of this world!

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    Mueller375 Jul 19, 2022 at 6:25am

    Adding this to my bucket list! Thanks Polly!... Is there much to see/do nearby or is it a go for the weekend and spend the rest of your vacation in… MORE

    Adding this to my bucket list! Thanks Polly!... Is there much to see/do nearby or is it a go for the weekend and spend the rest of your vacation in a nearby city? LESS

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    pollygolightly2 Jul 19, 2022 at 6:36am

    There's the entire Glacier National Park next door! We hiked for 2 days, went whitewater rafting one day, and still missed out on so much! If you're into biking, hiking,… MORE

    There's the entire Glacier National Park next door! We hiked for 2 days, went whitewater rafting one day, and still missed out on so much! If you're into biking, hiking, and outdoorsy stuff this is the place to go! LESS

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    cfwilliams724 FIRST-TIMER '22

    If you are considering signing up for this race, just DO IT! Simply breathtaking views on a course that will push you to your limits, but also allow you to … MORE

    If you are considering signing up for this race, just DO IT! Simply breathtaking views on a course that will push you to your limits, but also allow you to fall in love with running mile after mile. EXTREMELY impressed with the level of organization from Vacation Races. You can tell every detail was well thought through and executed wonderfully. I would love to do it again! 100000000/10

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    erin.johnstone FIRST-TIMER '22

    If you have done a vacation race before, the expo is the same as all the others. There's a lot of good race merchandise to buy. As far as race … MORE

    If you have done a vacation race before, the expo is the same as all the others. There’s a lot of good race merchandise to buy.
    As far as race morning goes, I was not a huge fan of how we had to get to the start line. They did not allow runner drop offs and you had to take a shuttle to the start. The last shuttle left an hour before race start. We arrived at the start line, which was at the side of a road. We were left sitting in the cold for too long in my opinion. They do have a bag drop off, so definitely overdress and utilize that. It was in the upper 30s-low 40s.
    The course was beautiful. The hill was not as bad as I was anticipating. They advertised a 5 mile uphill, but the first mile was mostly flat- slightly downhill. The next 4 miles were all uphill so by mile 5 there was a very nice downhill. You can make up a lot of time on the downhill!
    There were no spectators on the course other than people at the aid stations. I do love vacation races though and I would definitely do this again.

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    cclose00 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The 5 mile hill climb is rough but the views are like none other! Absolutely amazing! Production is always great and I love how they celebrate each runner when then … MORE

    The 5 mile hill climb is rough but the views are like none other! Absolutely amazing! Production is always great and I love how they celebrate each runner when then cross the finish line.

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    ctagye FIRST-TIMER '22

    AMAZING views. This race went by faster than any other half I've done. So incredibly beautiful I almost forgot I was running - seriously! This is by far my favorite … MORE

    AMAZING views. This race went by faster than any other half I’ve done. So incredibly beautiful I almost forgot I was running – seriously! This is by far my favorite half even though it’s not close to my fastest. Who cares? The beauty was unbelievable!

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    zieresc FIRST-TIMER '22

    Difficult first 5 miles, but the scenery is jaw-dropping! Great race management - it's not easy to manage that many runners in a remote setting. Loved the inclusion of the … MORE

    Difficult first 5 miles, but the scenery is jaw-dropping! Great race management – it’s not easy to manage that many runners in a remote setting. Loved the inclusion of the Blackfeet culture – I felt honored to participate in the “Friend’s Dance” at the end of the expo.

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    Dirich09 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The first five miles were uphill but then you are rewarded with beautiful views and several miles downhill before leveling out with a few rolling hills. Weather was perfect, things … MORE

    The first five miles were uphill but then you are rewarded with beautiful views and several miles downhill before leveling out with a few rolling hills. Weather was perfect, things ran smooth and the swag was sweet! Would highly recommend!

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    veliavilla13 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The first five miles were killer but man so beautiful. And the next four or five are downhill, so the feeling of flying through those mountains like a bird makes … MORE

    The first five miles were killer but man so beautiful. And the next four or five are downhill, so the feeling of flying through those mountains like a bird makes up for the initial uphill battle. You feel like you’re soaring! It was such an exhilarating feeling.

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    seniorrunner FIRST-TIMER '22

    I have done 18 VR races. The mountain views from mile 4-8 were spectacular views of the mountains and rival the Colorado Rockies VR half marathon. Do some up hill … MORE

    I have done 18 VR races. The mountain views from mile 4-8 were spectacular views of the mountains and rival the Colorado Rockies VR half marathon. Do some up hill training for the initial 5 miles. I highly recommend the race even if you are in your mid 80s. Every VR has some unique scenery esp. Sagurao NP in AZ and the parks in southern Utah. But this race is one of my favorites. My last trip to Glacier NP 70 yrs ago when I was 15 and rode in the same red open top buses.

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    dorisbrown FIRST-TIMER '22

    At 74yrs old I usually experience some discomfort last few mikes during a half but this race was so beautiful & weather was perfect that it was a joyful journey … MORE

    At 74yrs old I usually experience some discomfort last few mikes during a half but this race was so beautiful & weather was perfect that it was a joyful journey for 13miles! I’m already looking forward to next year! Out of 40 yrs & almost 300 half’s, this may be my favorite!!

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Although the first 5 miles of this race are a climb, it’s totally worth the work. The views are breathtaking. The whole route is beautiful. MORE

    Although the first 5 miles of this race are a climb, it’s totally worth the work. The views are breathtaking. The whole route is beautiful.

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    daniellegolis FIRST-TIMER '22

    First five miles are intense; train accordingly for similar elevation gain. Loved every minute of it; grateful to the Blackfoot tribe for hosting us on their beautiful land. MORE

    First five miles are intense; train accordingly for similar elevation gain. Loved every minute of it; grateful to the Blackfoot tribe for hosting us on their beautiful land.

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    otterwied FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first VR and first half marathon. I’m so not a fast runner and was worried I’d be out of my league. Everyone was so friendly and encouraging. … MORE

    This was my first VR and first half marathon. I’m so not a fast runner and was worried I’d be out of my league. Everyone was so friendly and encouraging. It was an excellent, challenging course but I loved every inch of it. Super well organized, spectacular scenery, warnings of bears on the course ahead! What more could you ask for? Will definitely do this one again. And I never actually saw a bear but it was exciting anyway!

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    kevin.muncey24 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The race is fantastic for views and speed (for part of it). Vacation races puts on a great race and the finish at the lodge was fantastic. The climb at … MORE

    The race is fantastic for views and speed (for part of it). Vacation races puts on a great race and the finish at the lodge was fantastic. The climb at the start makes you pay for a couple days after, but worth it.

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    adamdgr13 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The first 5 miles are indeed all uphill! But you are rewarded with some amazing views of Glacier National Park! This was probably my toughest run, but all of the … MORE

    The first 5 miles are indeed all uphill! But you are rewarded with some amazing views of Glacier National Park! This was probably my toughest run, but all of the aid stations had everything (water, electrolytes, goo). Police and park ranger presence was also key because there were TWO bears near our race path and they kept us safe and the bears away. The medal is by far my favorite of the 7 I have now! Overall I definitely recommend this race for everyone!

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    Great excuse to go to Glacier National Park… race was extremely well designed and explained with copious pages of detailed instructions. Note 20% of runners were their first half marathon… … MORE

    Great excuse to go to Glacier National Park… race was extremely well designed and explained with copious pages of detailed instructions. Note 20% of runners were their first half marathon… wow. This is not an easy race!

    You race next to the park with nice views of woods, mountains and water. First 5 miles up, next 5 down, then 1 mile flat, 1 mile back up, and the last mile is on grass, golf cart path and gravel. Race ends at the East Glacier Lodge (where I stayed) pricey but cool to walk to my room and easy to have family there at the end. Good water stops, you have to carry your own container. Finish food was good, shirt and medal too!
    Ok my complaints. The race starts early at 6am, but you have to take a shuttle ~15 miles to the start between 4am and 5am so you have to get up at 3ish to make it all work. Then after the shuttle drops you off you have to stand in the shoulder of the road for 60-90 minutes. Too much waiting….and by the way it was 37 degrees. Not to mention not enough potties for 1500 people….. but not horrible.

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    kparks521970 FIRST-TIMER '22

    A beautiful race with awesome views. The first 5 miles is up hill but the views make the climb worth the effort. And as always Vacation Races is run like … MORE

    A beautiful race with awesome views. The first 5 miles is up hill but the views make the climb worth the effort. And as always Vacation Races is run like a well oiled machine. They know how to treat runners.

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