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.