The Course and Aid Stations

The Bear Race is a challenging 5 mile race up to the top of Grandfather Mountain. The race begins in the beautiful town of Linville at the intersection of Hwy 221/105. The first couple miles are run on a gravel road as you make your way up the mountain. As you reach the entrance to Grandfather Mountain, you SLOWLY wind to the finish at the entrance to the “Mile High” Swinging Bridge. That view is certainly breathtaking (that is if you can still catch a breath by the time you reach the top)!

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Race Profile

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Aid Stations

There are two water stations, one at mile 2 and one at mile 3. Medical help will be on course or nearby if needed. We also have a trailing van.