The Bear Lake Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k ,5k and 1k for kids is nestled in the heart of the mountains. This small tourist town is most often celebrated for its large turquoise blue lake. People from all over the world visit Bear Lake during the summer to enjoy biking, running, fishing and all types of water recreation. This is a friendly town with delicious eateries. There is also that myth about the Bear Lake Monster . . .
The Bear Lake Marathon and Half Marathon have been given the USATF Certification.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Garden City Park, 350 South Bear Lake Blvd.
Packets can be picked up at Garden City Park from 6-8:30 PM on Friday night or
starting at 5:00 AM Saturday morning at the church on Bear Lake Blvd (90 South Bear Lake Blvd.) We will not hold up buses for last minute pick-ups so please arrive early.
All buses will leave from the church at 90 South Bear Lake Blvd. (Just 2 blocks North of the Garden City Park)
Marathon – 5:30 a.m.
Half Marathon – 6:45 a.m. We are able to accomodate all half marathon runners this year with only 1 round of busses (leaving at 6:45 a.m.)
10K – 7:30 a.m.
5K – 8:00 a.m. start (This is the only distance that will start and finish at the park)
Races will begin as soon as all the buses have arrived at the individual starting points.
1k- 8:30 a.m. start ( This is for kids to encourage them to be active and hopefully to get them excited about running).
Timing will be chip timed to provide immediate results. Unofficial times will be printed periodically at the finish line. Official times will be posted on the web site as soon as possible after the race.
Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd men’s and women’s overall winners in the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K. Awards will also be awarded for 18 & Under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70- & Older for both men’s and women’s Marathon and Half Marathon. An Awards table will be set up in the Garden City Park and winners will be announced as soon as they are tabulated. If you believe you have placed please stay to receive your award. Awards will not be mailed.
Clothing can be left in bags or cardboard boxes at Aide Stations along the route and will be returned to Garden City Park on the basketball court for pick-up. Mammoth Marathons will to the best of our ability get all items back to this pick-up area. However, please do not bring valuable items that you cannot live without. Such as cameras, car keys, or treasured clothing – Mammoth Marathons is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
There is no Switching bibs to anyone due to waivers, timing chips, errors in recording finish times and awarding placement. Also no refunds after registration, we plan according to registry numbers. If you are unable to make it, we will transfer your registration to the following year if you notify us by email by at least two weeks before the event. We also understand that injuries and other obstacles may impact the distance you feel like running on race day, so we will allow you to transfer distances at packet pick-up.
Aide Stations/Fruit and Beverages
Water and Gatorade will be provided at every 2nd mile marker. GU, and fruit will be provided at every fourth mile marker. Fruit, sports drinks, water and snacks will be provided immediately after the race.
Runners will receive a cotton T-shirt as part of their registration. Runners can upgrade their shirt to a technical running shirt for only $5.00 extra. Please make sure you specify that you would like to upgrade your shirt when you register.
Course Details (Check out your races description.
The Marathon course will begin on the east side of the lake. This is one of the most scenic parts of the lake where it has beautiful beaches, fields and mountains. There is little traffic on this side and extends for almost 16 miles. The last portion of the course will continue around Laketown, Rendezvous Beach and Ideal Beach Resort. Ideal Beach Resort is where you will enter on the paved bike trail that will take you to the finish line at the Garden City Park.
The Marathon is an excellent qualifying course to compete in the Boston Marathon. Our race has been described as both flat and hilly. So . . . to clear up any misinterpretations we have provided a foot by foot elevation chart to provide the most accurate assessment. (The course has 316 feet of climb and 360 feet of descent in the 26.2 miles. To put this in perspective, we ran the elevation on our college track and found out that it has 12 foot climb/descent for every lap around the track.)
Aide stations will be every 2 miles starting at mile 3.
Half Marathon Course
The Half Marathon will be along some of the most scenic parts of the mountainside and turquoise lake as the sun begins to rise. Seeing the morning sunrise on this lake is one of the truly spectacular events that you have to see in order to appreciate.
This is a fairly flat race for the Rocky Mountains will only a little variation in elevation in the first few miles. Check out the elevation profile on the course maps page. The course will end at the Garden City Park.
Aide stations will be every 2 miles.
This is a fairly flat course with only a few feet of elevation. The first couple of miles are alongside the lake with some beautiful views of the beaches. The last portion of the run is along the paved bike trail that winds along the mountainside cabins and beach houses until you come to the finish at Garden City Park.
Aide stations will be at mile 2,4, & the finish line.
The 5K is an up and back course that starts and finishes at the park. The course follows the local bike path that is a paved course a few feet away from the road.
Aide stations will be at the turnaround & the finish line.
We will provide photographers that will take pictures during the race and at the finish line. These photos will be available at reasonable prices on our web site. We want you to remember your run at Bear Lake and the beauty of the area.
It takes many volunteers to pull off a race. So if you are going to be at the race supporting a loved one, or friend and are interested in being put to work while waiting please contact us. We would also welcome any group who is in need of service projects or youth activities.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience as you feed of the energy of the activities.
Any volunteers interested in helping, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have our volunteer director available Friday from 5-6 pm at the Garden City Park. (where runners pick up their packets)
There are some wonderful hotels and lodges in and near Bear Lake. There are also some amazing campgrounds with shower and bathroom facilities. Here are a few favorites:
Inn at Harbor Village
(Official Sponsor of Bear Lake Marathon)
Tell them you are running the marathon and save 15%
Bear Lake Stay
Cabin Rentals at Bear Lake
Beaver Creek Lodge
Bear Lake Motor Lodge
Blue Water Resort
Bear Lake bed and Breakfast
Ciscos Landing at Utah State Marina
Ideal Beach Resort
Vacation Resort Int’l
Other Bear Lake hotels and options:
Bear Lake is just over the hill from Logan:
Is the course USATF certified?
It will be. We are working hard to have the course certified. We hope to have the certification complete by mid May. We’ll post it here as soon as we have it done.
Is there a time limit?
There is no time limit. Some people are even opting to walk the course because of the scenic beauty.
What is the closest airport?
Salt Lake International Airport is the closest. Garden City is about a 2 hour scenic drive from Salt Lake City.