Sunday, September 10, 2017 • Whitefish, MT • Course Map
Timed to coincide with the peak autumn colors of the leaves and trees along the beautiful, majestic mountain peaks in northwestern Montana, the Two Bear Marathon & Half Marathon offers a high-elevation course with ample views of 3,300-plus-acre Whitefish Lake, along with some challenging uphill and downhill stretches.
(Note: The 2017 Two Bear Marathon & Half Marathon is set to follow a newly-designed course that will start and finish in downtown Whitefish. When the new course map is made available, it will be published here.)
While the full, 26.2-mile marathon begins west of town, just south of Beaver Lake (and its first two miles are mostly uphill), the half marathon begins on Upper Whitefish Road, about two miles north of the intersection with East Lakeshore Drive, at the northern edge of the lake.
From there, runners in the half follow a winding point-to-point course largely along the shores of Whitefish Lake, crossing railroad tracks around the mile 3-4 markers (where trains may pass through, giving runners a well-deserved break and time to re-group) and encountering the steepest hill of the 13.1-mile course at around the mile 7 marker (mile 20 for the full marathoners).
From there, the course features mostly gentle downhill stretches (with a few rolling hills mixed in) on its way into town. Especially in the race’s early miles, runners can expect to see pastoral scenes including wetlands near the lakeshore, horse ranches and farms.
As the race route makes its way into Whitefish, the course flattens out along Wisconsin Avenue, Glenwood Road and Dakota Avenue, which organizers say is some of the race’s flattest terrain.
The last two miles of the race take runners along the city’s bike paths, which wind along the Whitefish River toward the finish line on Baker Avenue.
The race finish location is The Wave, the Whitefish Community Aquatic & Health Center that’s home to a community swimming pool and health facilities open to the entire community. The race’s entry fee proceeds are donated to The Wave Scholarship Fund, which helps local residents in their monthly membership dues.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Montana’s northwestern corner, just a short drive north from Kalispell and west from Glacier National Park, Whitefish typically experiences cool (and sometimes cold) to moderately warm weather conditions in the late summer and early fall.
On race day (Sept. 10), the average low is 40ºF and the average high is 71ºF.
- 2016 Two Bear Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Two Bear Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Two Bear Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Two Bear Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Two Bear Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Two Bear Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – full marathon
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- $75 – $100 for the half marathon
- $85 – $110 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Two Bear Marathon & Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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