Big Bear Lake, CA, January 5, 2013 – The 5th annual Snowshoe the Bear event is scheduled for February 23, and with two race lengths starting in the Village, all skill levels are welcome. Snowshoeing requires no training – in fact, many participants are first-timers.

The 5k/3.1-mile course is an easy loop around the slopes of Towne Trail, which rises just enough to offer great views of the valley. More serious athletes can race through the pristine single track trails on the 10k/6.2 mile course just above town.  There is also a free Kid’s Race.

Most outdoor sport retailers sell or rent snowshoes, but participants should reserve snowshoes ahead of time as most shops will sell out for the event.  Check the website for locations.

Snowshoe the Bear is one of five events produced in coordination with the 2013 Open Air Big Bear series, and is organized by Karen Lundgren, world-class adventure racer and the 13th woman to successfully climb the Seven Summits of the world.  Other events include Big Bear Memorial Day 5k (road run, May 26), PaddleFest (kayak, canoe, SUP, June 29), Tour de Big Bear (cycling, August 3) and Endure the Bear (trail run, September 6 and 7).  The Memorial Day 5k is a new addition this year, and Endure the Bear has added a 100 mile trail run.  Athletes who participate in certain multiple events will be eligible to earn points for the grand prizes in September.  Grand prizes will be awarded in the Conquer the Bear series (best athletes), the Conquer the Grizzly series (over 55), the Conquer the Cub series (short course), and Conquer the Teddy series (kids 12 and under).  There may be some group challenges within the event and groups are encouraged to show up in costumed regalia.  The Open Air Big Bear website offers race and prize details.