The Lighthouse Project is inviting both athletes and casual fitness buffs of all ages to participate in the Run the Bear Big Bear Lake Marathon in just three weeks on Saturday, September 12. More than just a marathon, the event offers a cycle tour around Big Bear Lake, as well as a full marathon, half-marathon, 5K and a ‘Kids’ Kritter Run,’ sponsored by our local Sierra Club. Event organizers of the non-profit Lighthouse Project note that each event provides a rare and invigorating opportunity to run, ride or walk (half marathon and 5K only) a reserved portion of the roads that caress the curves of the lake; the course was designed specifically to provide an inspiring challenge along some of the most scenic spots in the Valley. The opportunity to walk the half-marathon or 5K course is being extended to encourage families and more casual athletes to participate; and, adds Program Director Beth Gardner, “This event is being produced by and for the community of Big Bear and all of its children. We’d love nothing more than to see entire families participate. We hope the opportunity to walk the half-marathon or 5K course will get more families involved. Everyone is invited to be part of the event, even if by lining the streets or assembling at the half way point (Sandalwood turnaround) or start/finish (Pine Knot Landing) to cheer on the athletes coming from all over the country to run in our beautiful valley.” For more information or to register for Run the Bear, the only full marathon in San Bernardino County, visit RuntheBear.com.