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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, August 19, 2017
2016: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 67°F (19°C)
Average High: 88°F (31°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.10
Course Score: 96.10

Race Size

2016: 77 Finishers
2015: 93 Finishers
2014: 56 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 2.6%
2015: 1.1%
2014: 1.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The rolling Running with the Bears Marathon course surface consists primarily of pavement.

The typically low race day humidity may help make the high ambient temperature tolerable and better for running a marathon compared to races with the similar temperatures and higher humidity.

Marathon Rankings

The Running with the Bears Marathon was the 419th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 497th largest in 2014.

This year 2.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 1.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Running with the Bears Marathon the 469th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 304th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 96.10 ranks it as the 381st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 36th fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Running with the Bears Marathon a PR Score of 96.10. This PR Score ranks it as the 362nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 36th fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 3735 feet (1138m)
Min Elevation: 3523 feet (1074m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Running with the Bears Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2014 Running with the Bears Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I've run 9 marathons (big and small) and probably a hundred other organized races. This is by far and away the best experience I have ever had at a race. The setting is a small town in the northern CA mountains. The town comes out and supports this race 100%. The event is organized by people provide fun outings (skiing / camping) for foster children that don't usually get to do things that a lot of us take for granted growing up. So #1 - it's for a great cause. Beyond that, they do a phenomenal job organizing it and the course is stunningly beautiful with comfortable temperatures, especially for an August marathon. If it's within driving distance, this is a no-brainer - do it. If it's not within driving distance, consider getting on a plane, renting a car and driving out there - the experience is worth it. Awesome race.

Race Tips

The course is generally flat on paved roads with several smallish hills. I'm not a hill runner and this course felt comfortable.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The town folks treat the race as a competition to see who can have the craziest aid station (most of them dress up). Very fun but made for some interesting race snacks (think home made peanut butter crunch ball cookies vice a pack of GU). If you need your gels, bring em. All of the stations did have good old H2O and there was enough of them.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Running with the Bears Marathon in 4:56:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.