Bear 100 Information:
The race director for the BEAR 100 is Cody Draper
Phone (435) 213-6555
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 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.
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. The winners of the race will receive a beautifully carved award depicting Old Ephraim, and will be crowned “King and Queen of the BEAR”.
Course Information and Conditions
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. 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
Seventy percent of the course is on single-track trails, 29% is dirt road, and only 1% on pavement.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to plead your case.
Trail work forms must be submitted by Sept 12th or you will not be eligible to run.
Tentative Dates and times for trail work opportunities:
Friday June 17th 6:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday Aug 6th 6:30am – 2:30pm
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
The race capped at 350 runners then a wait list will be started. In year’s past the wait list has gone 200 deep with all runners getting invites. So, depending on your position on the waitlist there is still a good chance of getting an invite.
Registration ends at Midnight September 9, 2022
$275 through Jan 1, 2022
$295 from Jan 1, 2022 to September 9, 2022
The race will offer a partial refund ($200) until 6/1/2022 at 12am.
After June 1 the race will offer a partial refund ($150) until 9/1/2022 at 12am.
No refunds after Sept 1st.
No deferrals allowed.
Contact the RD @ email@example.com to request a refund.
Shuttle service to start line
Shuttle service from finish to start is $20 per runner. There are usually 2 shuttles on Saturday, one at approximately 3pm and the second one at approximately 6:30pm.
Pre-Race briefing is the Thursday before the race at the start line. This meeting is optional. There will be an online waiver you must fill out before the race. This will be sent to all runners the week of the race.
(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 Packet Pick Up
Race packets will be available to pick up at the pre-race meeting from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
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.
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). 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 Awards Ceremony for the top 3 overall winners will be held at the finish area at approximately 1:30pm. Additional awards will be given at 6pm. Come and cheer on the final finishers as they try to finish under the 36 hour cutoff.
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 an hour 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.
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.
Finish to 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.