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Running with the Bears™  is a fundraiser for Mountain Circle Family Services Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit foster care and adoption agency. We are proud to be one of the few Boston Qualifiers managed entirely by the Charity it benefits.

Race Day: August 17, 2019

About Us: 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 1986, Mountain Circle has 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 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. Nonprofit Tax ID: 68–052345

We encourage all of our participants to become Charity Runners! Every single day, our team serves over 100 foster care children, youth, and their caregivers. Where your fundraising goes:

  • $150 buys emergency clothing for a child who comes in with nothing
  • $600 provides an older youth with an outdoor leadership adventure weekend
  • $1,000 pays for the certification fees of ten foster parent families
  • $2,000 pays for 24/7 support by a trained Social Worker to a foster family for a whole year

Our Mission: Mountain Circle Family Services is a non-profit community-based organization committed to ensuring stability and life-sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children. Non-Profit Tax ID: 680062345. Running with the Bears is our annual fundraiser.

Running with the Bears is a fundraiser for the PowderQuest weekend; an outdoor leadership program for foster youth ages 14-21. To learn more about Mountain Circle and the PowdwerQuest Program, please visit the agency website.

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Meet the Executive Director of Mountain Circle, Dr. Shauna Rossington. One morning, after another fantastic Indian Valley run, Shauna thought- other people should KNOW about this place! Fortunately, Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss was generous enough to lend Mountain Circle his house (for the start and finish line), and the  Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K was born. Dr. Rossington has been at the helm of Mountain Circle for over 13 years and she can’t wait to show you an incredible event on race day!





Meet the host of Running with the Bears, District 2 Supervisor, Kevin Goss. Kevin’s vision is to promote economic growth and stability in Plumas County and to be an advocate for small Independent Businesses, as they are the foundation of our community. I am working to ensure that our children have the best local educational opportunities possible, while utilizing the vast knowledge and existing support within our district.