Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4
The Kodiak Ultra Marathons presented by CarboPro are situated in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California at an elevation of 7,000′. The cozy, cool, alpine village of Big Bear Lake is ready to host you and your crew! This course is the MUCH anticipated complete loop around Big Bear … MORE
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    cdardant FIRST-TIMER '07

    I picked the race because of the proximity living in OC, as it was my first ultra I was worried not to make the cut time or not to finish … MORE

    I picked the race because of the proximity living in OC, as it was my first ultra I was worried not to make the cut time or not to finish because of the altitude, the 9,000′ climb or to get lost. I started in the middle of the pack as not to speed up and from there kept my pace , the sunrise was magic and made me feel good as I passed a few runners, the path was very well marked and beside the first mile after Sugarloaf 2 I did not hesitate even during the night run, the practices run on July 4th weekend helped me a lot, I just wish I tried 7 oaks before race day as I thought it would never end, actually it did even if I was not ready for it, aid stations were great and volunteers fully dedicated to the runners, the small extra station before 7 oaks is a great addition, I made it on time with tons of memories that I will keep forever, definitively looking to come back.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    jcostello FIRST-TIMER '19

    I'm very happy to share a glowingly positive review of the Kodiak 50-miler here, mostly because the few reviews I've found of earlier iterations of this race reflect runner frustration … MORE

    I’m very happy to share a glowingly positive review of the Kodiak 50-miler here, mostly because the few reviews I’ve found of earlier iterations of this race reflect runner frustration with sub-par course markings. Now, I can’t speak to the first 50 miles of the 100-mile course, but as a 50-miler I found the course consistently well-marked (even for the first 90 minutes or so in the dark) and never lacking in volunteers to point us in the right direction whenever there might be confusion. I never once got lost or found myself unsure on the route, with the possibility of the final approach to Skyfern aid station, which comes at the end of a 1.5 mile run over asphalt through a mostly residential section of Big Bear. (I did find it, though, so no complaints.)

    What really sets this race apart for me is the volunteers. Every single aid station was packed with eager, enthusiastic race supporters manning the stations and tons of food, drinks, cold sponges, sunscreen, you name it. Big shout-out goes to the Sugarloaf aid station, which everybody hits at least once (twice for 100 and 50-milers and once for 50K’ers). That place is Grand Central Station for the race — big, busy and bustling. It’s easy to move in and out if that’s what you need and it’s also *very* easy to spend a little too long prepping for (or resting and recovering from) the Sugarloaf Mountain climb and descent.

    As for the 50-miler, go in expecting thin air, long, tough climbs and breathtaking scenery. I’m a trail runner based in Burbank, but I did make time to join one of the many training runs hosted by the Kodiak folks in the lead-up to the race. If you’ve never run in Big Bear or at altitude in general (average altitude of the race is 7000 feet), I would *highly* recommend making time to join up for the Sugarloaf climb (to 10K) and a trek out to Dead Man’s Ridge. Having scaled Sugarloaf going into Kodiak made a huge difference in my confidence on race day. I would also recommend trying to get out for the Seven Oaks climb out of Siberia Canyon if you can swing it, although nothing can really prepare you for that climb at mile 44. All I can say is, it does eventually end.

    Stay hydrated, stay cool, stay consistent and stay positive. Go in prepared and you’ll love this race! I did!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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