Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & ½ Mile Kids’ Run

25 July 2017

Take the challenge! Run faster than the Bear!

On July 25th, the Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & ½ Mile Kids’ Run takes off for its 11th year! What makes a beautiful summer day even better? Spending it with family and friends who take the challenge! You can run or walk the 5K. Runners compete in 10 different age categories from 10 & under to 80+ with 1st and 2nd place metals and prizes in each from Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters and the Cyclery. In addition, we have the ½ Mile Kids’ Run for our younger runners. They get to run with the Bear and take home a ribbon and coupons for an ice cream cone from Riverfront Ice Cream and for a game of miniature golf from Dale’s of Glen Arbor. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great day.

The event is staged at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the race will leave from the corner of Lake and State Streets at 9:00 a.m. The Kids’ Run follows at 9:05 a.m. Join the pre-race excitement including a warm-up for runners and walkers by Stacy Yago, of Sleeping Bear Bay Club in Glen Arbor, at 8:40 a.m. The race will start with the National Anthem and our Mascot “Running Bear” will cheer on all our runners and charm all the children. He is on hand for your special photo ops.

After the Run, join the “Celebration!” The winners of each category will be announced as well as the male and female overall best winners. We will have lots of great food and a raffle drawing for 50+ prizes. Everyone entered in the 5K Run is eligible for the drawing. You must be present to win.  

This event will earn money for local scholarships and community improvement. With the proceeds from last year’s Run, the Glen Arbor Women’s Club gave out six, $2,000 Memorial Scholarships.  

Join us for a fun filled day at the “Running Bear Run” on Tuesday, July 25th. The cost is $18 for the 5K Run/Walk ($20, the day of the Run) and $5 for the Kids’ Run. You’re encouraged to register early by going on-line at Registration forms are also available in Glen Arbor at Cherry Republic and the M22 Store, and Cherry Republic and Running Fit in Traverse City. An early registration will take place at the Glen Arbor Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 24th. You can register there and already registered runners can pick up their bibs as well! For more info, visit our website,  or call 231-334-7363.

Come out and take the challenge! Can YOU run faster than the Bear?