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Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K

Register for Running with the Bears: Saturday: August 19, 2017

Greenville, California
A Small Boston Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K

RACE INFO:  At this time, Running with the Bears has spots available only in our Charity Runner Division.  How it works: You may register for a donation of $600 immediately, and your spot will be guaranteed in the race of your choice. As a Charity Runner, you will receive all sorts of amazing goodies, including a lightweight running jacket and a ticket to the Post-Race Lu’au!

Need to purchase tickets to the Friday Pasta Dinner, Saturday Lu’au Dinner, or a Post-Race Massage? Go HERE.

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!



MAKE IT A WEEKEND! OR Purchase dinner tickets here~ 


Running with the Bears Goody Bag

The 2016 Running with the Bears goody bag

START TIMES: Marathon: 6:30 a.m, Half Marathon: 7:15 a.m, 10K: 8:00 a.m.

COST: At this time, registration for any race is $600.

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.


Running with the Bears marathon, half marathon, 10K

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.

Running with the Bears course

The beautiful Indian Valley in Northern CA

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 2016, 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.

Mountain Circle Foster Kids

All proceeds support our foster kids!

We call fundraisers “Charity Runners,” and all who raise $600 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: 

horses-barWe 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

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.

Thanks in Advance, and Happy Training!