marathon-thumb1We wish to extend a huge thank you to our community for your amazing show of support for ‘Run The Bear – Big Bear Lake Marathon.’ Thanks to all of you, this huge event was a huge success. Over 1,300 participants–some traveling from as far as Australia to run here–were thrilled by our spectacular scenery, challenging hills and altitude, well-stocked and staffed aid and medical stations, and, most of all, the overwhelming support, professionalism and courtesy extended by our volunteer staff of over 200 people. It was the people of our community that really made the difference for our guests, and we couldn’t be more grateful or proud, and we hope you are, too. The Lighthouse Project is about each and every one of us being beacons of light to serve as guidance and inspiration for our children.  What better example could have been set than that of the cooperation, dedication, effort and love that each of you poured into the marathon!
This event would not have been possible without the support of the following organizations: Antique Car Club, Arrowhead Water, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Resorts, Bear Valley Unified School District, Big Bear Grizzly, Big Bear High School ASB, Big Bear Lake Medical Group, Big Bear Lake Fire Department, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, Big Bear Resort Association, Big Bear Sheriff Department, Big Bear Sheriff’s Explorers, Big Bear Trails Foundation, CalTrans, Calvary Chapel, CHP, Citizens On Patrol, Civil Air Patrol, City of Big Bear Lake Department of Public Works, Coldwell Banker Tim Wood Group, community and residents of Fawnskin, Community Church of Big Bear Lake, Chris Fagan, MD, and Susie Hall, RN, DWP, Eagle Knolls Home Owners Association and its residents, Events Resource Office, First Mountain Bank, Hammer Nutrition, John Wells, KBHR, Kiwanis Club of Big Bear, Lions Club of Big Bear, MWD, Moonridge Zoo, Northwoods Resort, Peppercorn Grille, Pine Knot Landing, Presbyterian Church of Big Bear, Raw Indulgence, Recreation and Park District, Rick Herrick, Larry Huffman, Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA/Discovery Center), Sierra Club of Big Bear, Sol Food Market, Soroptimists of Big Bear Valley, Starbucks Coffee, Team Sole, U.S. Forest Service, Village Business Association and Village merchants, along with too many individual contributors to list here–please know you all are acknowledged, honored and treasured!

Warmest Regards,

Tim Wood, Beth Gardner, Pat Follett, Phil Hamilton, Michael Perry and Randy Putz
Run the Bear Production Team for The Lighthouse Project

(And, on behalf of KBHR and the Big Bear community, thank you to The Lighthouse Project team for a fun and well-organized event! For photos and results from Run the Bear, see our story posted September 14.)