Register for Running with the Bears: Saturday: August 18, 2018
A Small Boston Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K
Running with the Bears™ is a uniquely rural experience; there are no long bathrooms lines or traffic- the only distractions might be the pair of mating hawks at Mile 7 (and some more at miles 10 and 12…). You will enjoy incredible views of the Sierra Mountains, 13 Aid Stations (all competing for your vote!), and a sweet Lu’au afterparty. This course follows a rolling/flat country road at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 2-hours from Reno, 3-hours from Sacramento, and 4.5-hours from the Bay Area. We know that you’re happy when your kids are happy- that’s why we offer activities (and even childcare) to keep them busy! At the finish line, you can pick up your good ol’ fashioned goody bag, sip on ice cold beer from a local brewery, and enjoy a massage with a view of the whole valley. And it’s all for a good cause: 100% of proceeds support children and youth in foster care served by Mountain Circle!
START TIMES: Marathon: 6:30 a.m, Half Marathon: 7:15 a.m, 10K: 8:00 a.m.
Date: Jan 1 – March 31
Note: This event allows no refunds, transfers, or substitutions except for Charity Runners who may gift their registration to someone else. In addition, we provide exceptions, in the form of a postponed entry, for those experiencing military deployment. If you cannot make the event, will still send you your Tshirt and Goody bag! Be on the lookout for an email with directions (right after the race). Thank you for your understanding.
A LITTLE HISTORY: We started this race in 2011, after Dr. Shauna Rossington (Mountain Circle’s Executive Director) returned from a gorgeous run around the valley. “We need to share this with the world!” She told her staff.
Soon thereafter, we stopped putting on spaghetti feeds to raise money for our foster kids, and we launched the Running with the Bears race. In that first year, we welcomed 42 brave runners and in 2016, we sold out with 500 (coming from as far away as China, England, and Germany!) If you have raced with us before, you know- the passion and support that we provide to our foster families is reflected in the Running with the Bears weekend. In 2017, you helped us to raise $50,000 for our foster children, teens, and families. THANK YOU!!
ABOUT OUR CHARITY: Running with the Bears is managed entirely by Mountain Circle staff, volunteers, and foster families, and it is our only fundraiser. Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization, committed to ensuring stability and life sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children. Since 1985, we have supported over 3,500 children and families in their journey to a healthier future. Our approach is simple: Offer the best possible training to Resource (foster) families, provide 24/7 support by experienced Social Workers/mentors, and equip older foster youth with the skills they will need to be productive adults in the real world.
We call fundraisers “Charity Runners,” and all who raise $700 or more will receive complimentary entry to after Lu’au after party, a lightweight Bears running jacket, and a whole bunch of other goodies!
When you register for any race, you will be provided with a link to activate your personal fundraising page. Any questions on the process, feel free to contact Josie, the Race Director. Thank you for your support, and happy running!
A final note:
We CAP the event at 400 runners total, plus 100 Charity Runners (requires a fundraising minimum). Lots of people have asked us, “Why limit participation?” A couple of reasons: First, the aspects which make the race unique (like the quiet country roads and the small town feel) also pose some logistical challenges for us Race Directors. Such as, where will you all PARK?? (We rent out a cow field…) In the past couple years, we have found that we really enjoy putting on a small race. We get to know you all a little better, and you get to know us too. Can you imagine 2,000 runners at this bar? (Taylorsville Tavern, closest to the start/finish line). You get the picture 🙂 Register Now Online