Bear 100 Information:

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Contact Information

The race director for the BEAR 100 is Cody Draper
Phone (435) 213-6555
Email  bear100info@gmail.com

Race

Dog limitations

Under NO Circumstances are dogs allowed at the finish area. Runners and crews ignoring this rule are subject to disqualification. Please don’t jeopardize the race using this facility and leave the dogs at home.

START Time and Place

The 2022 BEAR 100 starts at 6:00 AM sharp on Friday September 23, 2022.

The race begins at Hyrum Gibbons/Mount Logan Park in Logan UT.
Address: 1400 East 350 South, Logan UT

The Race

The BEAR 100 joins the ranks of some of the toughest, as well as most scenic, trail races in the world. Although its elevation isn’t quite as high as some of the other 100 milers, ranging from around 5,000 feet to 9,200 feet, the challenges associated with it will test the strength and endurance of any well-trained runner.

The Bear

A famous Grizzly Bear named Old Ephraim once roamed the Wasatch-Cache and Caribou National Forests, and I’m sure he set foot in some of the same country that the runners will be traversing. His gravesite where he was eventually killed is only a few miles off the course. In honor of him, the winners of the race will receive an award depicting Old Ephraim, and will be crowned “King and Queen of the BEAR 100”.

Course Information, Conditions, and Marking

The Course

The BEAR 100 is a point to point course that starts in Logan, UT and finishes at Fish Haven, ID at Bear Lake. The first climb is the longest, with many more long climbs to follow with varying difficulties of descent. Some descents are smooth downhill while others are rocky. It really is a mix of everything. Late September was picked for the time of the run because of the beauty of the fall colors at that time. You will see brilliant red maples and quaking aspens turning yellow which provides for a stunning contrast among the rocks and cliffs.

See the Maps Page for more details

Maps

The Trail

Seventy percent of the course is on single-track trails, 29% is dirt road, and only 1% on pavement.

Weather

Late September in Utah and Idaho is usually nice, but is usually cold at night. There is sometimes a big storm that blows in once or twice in September and occasionally hits during race weekend.  Come prepared for any type of weather including heat, snow and rain.  Yep, you should check the weather before prepping those drop bags. We have had to modify the course twice in 23 years due to winter conditions. Just warning you.

Marking The Course

The Bear 100 will be marked the following way:

Pink Nylon with Reflectors to guide the way. Look for these from Mile 40 – 100.

Pink Ribbon also to guide the way. These are used intermittently with the Pink Nylon above and heavily in the first 40 Miles.

Yellow & Pink for turns. If found on left side of trail a left turn is coming up.

Pink Sprinkler Flags also are good. Look for these when in open fields. They also have reflectors on them.

Blue Ribbons means “Wrong Way”

Blue = Bad.  Turn around and look for PINK

Pre-Race Instructions

Be Prepared

This event is extremely demanding, and should only be undertaken by athletes in excellent physical condition. All entrants should be familiar with basic first-aid, and know the symptoms and treatment for heat exhaustion, hypothermia, frostbite, and altitude sickness. Pay special attention to the distance and elevation gain/loss between checkpoints and plan your needs accordingly. Plan for the worst case scenario. We don’t require mandatory gear, it is up to you to be smart and take precautions.

Training Runs

The race committee highly recommends that you run as much of the course as possible before race day. Check out the Facebook group page for ways to connect with others.

Trail &/or Volunteer Work

Eight hours of trail work or volunteer work (not crewing or pacing) at The Bear or other ultras is required to participate in this race.  We highly suggest that you work on trails where an ultra is held. We will host 2-3 trail days in 2022 on the Bear 100 course. You may also work on trails in your area. If you have a reason to feel you should be exempt from the requirement, contact us via e-mail: bear100info@gmail.com to plead your case.

Volunteer work forms must be submitted by Sept 12th or you will not be eligible to run.

Dates and times for trail work opportunities:

Friday June 17th  – Completed

Saturday Aug 6th – Completed

Corner Canyon Opportunities (SLC area) –

Contact john.maack@hotmail.com or call/text 801-301-2412 for upcoming opportunities

To submit your work, follow the Download Form Link, or go to the Forms Page from https://bear100.com/Race/Forms

Registration

Race Registration is online only. Click here to register

The registration includes entry, course maps, directions, drop bag service, 12 aid stations, a unique tech-shirt, post-race meal, and all finishers get a buckle and custom plaque.

2022 Race Date: September 23-24, 2022

Click here to see the Waitlist for 2022

Race fees:

$275 through Jan 1, 2022

$295 from Jan 1, 2022 to September 1, 2022

Refunds:

The race will offer a partial refund ($200) until June 1, 2022 at 12am.

After June 1 the race will offer a partial refund ($150) until Sept 1, 2022 at 12am.

No refunds after Aug 31st.

No deferrals or bib transfers allowed.

Contact the RD @ bear100info@gmail.com to request a refund.

Pre-Race Meeting

The Pre-Race meeting is the day before the race at the start line (Thursday). This meeting is optional but highly recommended for runners new to this race. You will have a chance to see the start area and ask any questions you have.

We have moved to a Virtual Meeting format. You should watch the video HERE

There will be an online waiver you must fill out before the race. The Waiver Link is HERE

(Hyrum Gibbons/Mount Logan Park) in Logan UT.
Address: 1400 East 350 South, Logan UT

The pre-race meeting is at 5:00 pm on Thursday, but runners can check in and leave their drop bags any time between 3:30 and 6:00 pm.  If you are late (after 6), you miss the drop bag window.  Don’t be late.

Race Number Pick Up

Bib and shirts will be available to pick up at the pre-race meeting from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. This is also where you will receive your Crew Parking Pass.

Additional shirts, hats, and other goodies will be available for purchase at this time.

Drop Bags

Drop bag size limitation (all aid stations expect finish line): 15 inches in length, 8 inches in width and 10 inches deep.

Finish line drop bag size limitation: 20 inches long, 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep.

Drop bags must be dropped off at the start line at the pre-race meeting. Accordingly, you will need to drop off your bags no later than 6:00 on Thursday afternoon. No exceptions. That’s why it is on the website in like 4 different places.

Drop Bags will be transported to each of the major checkpoints in the race. Runners wishing to make use of this service must ensure that their bags are securely tied and clearly marked.  All drop bags will be transported to the finish line for pick-up (usually by around 3pm). The last few aid stations remain open the longest so they take some time to arrive. All bags must be picked up by 7pm at the finish line. Any leftover bags/clothing will be donated to goodwill.

Check-In (Morning of the Race)

Please check-in the morning of the race either by checking in personally or by using the link provided via email. (preferred method is to use the online check-in)

The email with the link will be sent the week of the race.

Cut-off Times

See Aid Station Page for details

Finish Line

The Finish Line is located at the Fish Haven Creek Lodge 
There isn’t a lot of parking so carpooling is encouraged. We will do what we can to fit us all in.

Lodging for Family/Friends near Finish Line

Does your family or crew want a place to sleep Friday night while you run??
There is a limited amount of lodging available (at a discount) for rent at Bear Lake Rentals (near the finish line).  Contact them at 1-888-977-8639 for more details. They have many properties available that can fit your needs. Just tell them you are part of the Bear 100.
Another option is Conestoga Ranch, they also provide lodging and/or showers at a discount. Use code bear100 when you contact them. This lodging option is in Garden City (20 mins from the finish).

Food @ Finish

There will be some food served at the finish line area for Volunteers, Crews, Pacers, and of course Runners.
Breakfast Burritos will be served from 8am to 12pm
Burgers and Leland’s famous fresh trout (from his Trout Farm) will be served from 2pm to 6pm.

Awards

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony for the top 3 male and female overall winners will be held at the finish area at approximately 12:30pm. Additional awards will be given at ~6pm. Come and cheer on the final finishers as they try to finish under the 36 hour cutoff.

Finisher Award

All who finish within the 36 hour time limit will receive a beautifully engraved plaque depicting the race course and a buckle (see below). The buckle will be given to the runner at the finish line. The plaques will not be ready until around 10am and about 30-60 mins after finishing (whichever is later).

Old Ephraim Award

Old Ephraim was known as the king of the grizzlies. Standing around 10 feet tall, this bear was the fiercest around. In honor of him, the overall winners, male/female, will receive this unique award. Top 3 male and female all receive a small award, but the Old Ephraim one is the coolest, of course.

The Wolverine Buckle

They’re out there, living in the mountains, traveling vast distances, incredibly powerful, famously fierce. Solitary, scarce, sticking to high elevations as they comb the wilderness in search of sustenance. They’re out there, but they seem to lurk in a realm between myth and science, where what is known, what is believed, and what is hoped about these elusive creatures are all very different things. –Sounds a lot like 100 mile runners. Actually the description was meant for Wolverines, but noting the similarities, we thought it appropriate to give special recognition to any runner completing the BEAR 100 in under 24 hours by awarding them the Wolverine Buckle. They will then be loyal subjects to the King of the BEAR, until one of them de-thrones the King.

Grizzly Buckle

All runners who complete the BEAR 100 in 24 to 30 hours will receive this buckle depicting the Grizzly Bear, a powerful, and mighty inhabitant of high, mountainous country.

Black Bear Buckle

Runners who receive this award will have special understanding of the word black, as they have struggled through the night to tackle the BEAR. They have endured many hours of hardship, and have special appreciation of the BEAR, because it truly was a bear! All who complete the race in 30 to 36 hours will receive this beautiful buckle.

Black and Blue Cub

All non-finishers are a member of this club in good standing, until they successfully complete the BEAR 100 in under 36 hours.

Shuttle back to the Start

It is your responsibility to find a way home from the finish. When registering you will have an opportunity to buy a bus ticket back to the start. There are also other runners heading that way you may negotiate a ride with. Running back to your car isn’t a good idea, just saying.

Shuttle service from finish to start is $20 per runner. There will be 2 shuttles on Saturday, one at approximately 3pm and the second one at approximately 6:30pm.

For those planning on riding the shuttle, please park on the road near the start and not in the park’s parking lot. That is not allowed, but parking on the road is ok.

Rocky Mountain Slam

(From Phil Lowry Aug 7, 2022)

“In the early 2000’s I had the idea that an additional “Slam” series of races, in addition to the Grand Slam and the Last Great Race, would be a cool thing. At that point, races series were becoming all the rage, but none really focused on the few races that occurred in the Mountain West. So, I had the idea of a Rocky Mountain Slam, which would consist of Hardrock, then Leadville, then Wasatch, then the Bear.

At the time all of these races were easy to get into, and the Bear was trying grow to a sustainable level. Leland liked the idea, and so we launched the Rocky Mountain Slam.

Later on, with the advent of the Bighorn 100, it was added as one of the potential races that could count toward the Slam, given the imposition of lotteries at Leadville and Wasatch, and also the feeling that Bighorn was of a similar class.

Things have now changed. Hardrock has become virtually impossible to enter in the first three or four attempts, and multiplying that probability with the odds of getting into Wasatch or Leadville means that the Rocky Mountain Slam has unfortunately become a demonstration of both Vegas luck and running skill. This is not to detract from the efforts of those that have actually completed the Slam, but encouraging more to complete the slam would simply be unfair. 

Moreover, the existence of the Slam unduly encourages people to register for races where entry is extremely difficult. In the absence of the Slam’s incentive, these runners might opt for some of the many other offerings that are now available across the west not originally included in the Slam but certainly of great caliber. For this reason, and with Cody’s cooperation and blessing, I regret to announce that the Rocky Mountain Slam will have its final iteration in 2022, and will be discontinued. My regret is not that deep. I think the Slam was a great tool for recruitment, retention, and recognition that was good for its time, but it, like many other things done with their time, needs to be retired. Congratulations to all those who have completed the Slam. Of course, a “Slam” recognition is not required in order to have the sense of challenge and accomplishment that comes with ultrarunning, and all of you are encouraged to “create your own slams” as you find new adventures in your ultrarunning careers. God bless you all and thank you for your understanding.”

For reference you can see the full list of Rocky Mountain Slam finishers here

http://run100s.com/rocky_mt_slam.htm