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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.

Registration for the 2022 Bear Race to be held on July 7th will open Tuesday, April 5th at 7am.

About

The Bear Race proceeds will go to various charities in the area and the ASU Track Program.

The Race

The Bear race begins in Linville, NC at the corner of Hwy 105 and 221. The race turns right off Highway 221 and winds up steep climbs to McRae Meadows, where the Games are held. It cuts across Highway 221 and up the backside of the Highland Games Track to the Grandfather Road where you run the final 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 hundreds of fans who are waiting anxiously for their runner and the last runner.

This unique 5-mile race will provide challenges that are overcome by the rewards. It is not a race for individuals planning to walk the entire course. We must have everyone off the finish line area by 9:00 pm so we encourage and expect running and maybe some walking!

All runners not predicted to finish the course by 8:30 pm will be picked up and brought to the finish line.

Registration

Registration for the 2022 Bear Race to be held on July 7th will open Tuesday, April 5th at 7am.

https://appstate.irisregistration.com/Form/22BearRace

Entries are accepted only by online registration with a credit card. There will be NO on-site registration!

If the race registration reaches capacity, you will be allowed to continue filling out the registration form to be placed on a waiting list. You will not be charged until a slot becomes available. 

Confirmation of entry will be immediate when registering online. Print this confirmation to bring to packet pick-up with your legal ID.

If there is an error with your registration, please restart the process.  You may need to clear your web browser cache.

If you have problems registering, you may contact John Weaver at weaverjt@retired.appstate.edu. Do not contact John without trying to register per instructions listed above first and not before 7am.

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