Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fueling Up: A New Energy Bar Made for Endurance Athletes

When I crewed at Badwater this summer, I remarked on how quickly our Clif Bars melted. After just a few short hours on the course, they were reduced to a gooey mess. Of course, just about anything that can melt will melt in Death Valley's summer heat. But, here's an energy bar that won't melt!

Seriously, it won't (attention all Badwater runners). It's called 3BAR.

It was invented by Erin DeMarines, a triathlete and certified sports nutritional consultant. Erin developed these bars from her grandmother's cookie recipe. As an athlete, you know how important fueling is. These bars can help you meet your fueling needs! The bars are diabetic-friendly and safe for hypoglycemics, vegans, and vegetarians.

A big concern for me as an ultrarunner is finding food that won't upset my stomach during a run. Fortunately, these bars were specifically designed for athletes who need to digest energy fast without upsetting the stomach.

They come in three different flavors: Blueberry Blast, Tropical Tri, and Cocoa Crunch. Each bar boasts that it is vegan, kosher, wheat free, dairy free, gluten free, trans-fat free, cholesterol-free, GMO free , all natural. While these words may send up red flags for the taste-conscious consumer (healthy = bland and tasteless), the bars also promise an incredibly good taste. These are grandma's concoctions after all, and grandma only makes the very best tasting treats!

If you are interested in 3BAR, visit the website at: http://www.tri3bar.com/index.htm. A single bar costs $1.99 on the website; a box of 15 bars costs $29.99.

Also, I've attached a video below of an interview with creator DeMarines. Enjoy, and happy running!

*Note: I was not compensated for writing this article, nor was I encouraged to write it. I am always interested in better and smarter ways to fuel up for a run. When I ran across 3BAR, it seemed like something worth sharing!


  1. I agree with you in saying that these bars are really great. The only negative is that they cost a lot. They're around $2 a bar at my grocery store compared to a CLIF Bar, which is only $1.

  2. That is a good point, and I overlooked it. One bar costs $2 on the website, as well. I will add that to the review so people can know the price. Thanks for pointing it out! :) Happy running!


  3. I have been a 3bar customer for years. The taste, ingredients and overall quality outweigh any cost concern. You get what you pay for. I am alwys willing to pay for a superior product when I can trust that I will be 100% satisfied.
    April Brinks Bailey