General Information

What is it?

The Bear Race is a 5-mile challenging run to the TOP of Grandfather Mountain. This is a running race and is NOT designed to be walked the entire race. We have to hold everyone at the top until the last runner is in. We will have a sag van picking up anyone who does not make it to the 3-mile aid station within 60 minutes.

Entry Procedures

There will be no race day registration. Only pre-registered online credit card entries will be accepted. Please do not try to access registration before 7:00 am. If there is an error with the registration system, please restart the registration process. You may need to clear your web browser cache.

Entry Fee

$45

Packet Pickup

    • Wednesday, July 8th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Holmes Convocation Center – SW Entrance, Appalachian State University
    • Thursday, July 9th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Linville, NC – Intersection of Highway 105 and 221.

Chip Timing

Timing chips will be in the race packets.

Race bibs must be worn on the front, not the back or side! Failure to place your bib on the front of your body and running with a timing chip placed somewhere other than this location may result in missing your finish and leaving you off the results.

Every year people claim their chip is not in their packet and then 10 minutes later someone turns in a chip found on the ground. We have a dedicated team ensuring packets are accurate. Please check your packets as they are handed to you and do not forget your chip for the race. Thank you for doing this properly.

Race Start

The race starts at the intersection of Highway 105 and 221 in Linville, NC at 7 pm THURSDAY, July 9, 2020.