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Welcome to the website of The Bear Race held each year during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, one of the largest Scottish Games in the world.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 marks the 24th running of The Bear Race. This race filled up quickly last year (less than 1 hr) and we expect it will fill up early again this year.

We do ask that you read through this website before entering so you are aware of the challenge of the race as well as the challenges of the race logistics, including lodging and parking.

About

The Bear Race proceeds will go to various charities in the area and the ASU Track Program. Thank you and on behalf of our sponsor Zap Fitness/Reebok, we look forward to seeing you up at the top of the Bear!

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The Race

The Bear race begins in Linville, NC at the corner of Hwy 105 and 221. The race turns right off 221 and winds up steep climbs to McRae Meadows, where the Games are held. It cuts across the track and up the backside to the road where you then run 2 miles up 1000 feet of elevation gain.

Your views are breathtaking, especially as you round the famous “Forrest Gump” hairpin turn. You will finish at the top of Grandfather Mountain (over 5000 foot elevation) where you will be greeted by thousands of fans who have no where to go as they await the last runner.

This unique 5-mile run that will provide challenges that are overcome by the rewards. It is not a race for walkers.

Participate

Are you interested in running? Online registration opens February 6th, 2018.

Spectators – we have information about parking at the finish line.

We can’t run a race without volunteers. Find out how you can help us before, during and after the race.

News

Race is full and registration is closed!

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Bear Run. All registration slots have been filled. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for this event, please contact Coach Weaver at weaverjt@appstate.edu. If you have registered for this event and need to cancel your registration, please contact Coach Weaver at weaverjt@appstate.edu.

Registration

Online registration opens February 6th, 2018 at 7:00 am for the 24th running of The Bear Hill Race on Thursday, July 12, 2018. This race is limited to the first 800 entries and filled up quickly last year (in less than 1 hour). We do ask that you read through this website before entering so you are …