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. The winners of the race will receive a beautifully carved plaque depicting Old Ephraim, and will be crowned “King and Queen of the BEAR”

Course Information and Conditions

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. 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 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.

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. Survival gear in case of an accident is a must.

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 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 3-4 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.

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, 13 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, there is still a good chance of getting an invite.

Registration ends at Midnight September 9, 2022

Race fees:

$275 through May 31, 2022

$295 from June 1, 2022 to September 9, 2022

Refunds: The race will offer a partial refund ($200) until 9/1/2022 at 12am.

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

Shuttle service

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

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 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.

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).

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)

Cut-off Times

See Aid Station Page for details

Finish Line

The Finish Line is located at the Fish Haven Creek Lodge

Awards

Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony for the top 3 overall winners will be held at the finish area approximately 15 mins after the cutoff 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).

Old Ephraim Award

The overall winners, male/female, will receive this unique award.

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.

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.