Over 200 Brave the Elements to Race in the Third Annual Snowshoe the Bear

Participants in the 5K rounded the corner from Village Drive to Knickerbocker, then headed for the hills, up hill.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- For the first two rounds of Snowshoe the Bear, the local snowshoeing event launched by Equada Outfitters and Team Sole in 2008, the clouds parted and racers enjoyed fresh snow under sunny skies. Not so for this, the third annual Snowshoe the Bear, which launched from the Village of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, February 6—it was … [Read more...]

Community Calendar for February’s First Week, as of Monday

Recent road conditions and the threat of more winter weather later in the week have prompted more cancellations in coming days. For starters, the Big Bear Valley Historical Society will not be holding their general meeting on Tuesday, February 2 at the Big Bear Discovery Center; no follow-up date has yet been announced by the Historical … [Read more...]

Snowshoe the Bear Returns on February 6, as Does Conquer the Bear Series

Fresh snowfall made for a beautiful day (and great conditions!) for the 2nd annual Snowshoe the Bear, which launched from the Village before coursing through the San Bernardino National Forest.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- With snow likely in the coming week, weekend athletes may want to step into some snowshoes to gear up for the third round of Snowshoe the Bear, which returns to the Village of Big Bear Lake and surrounding trails of the San Bernardino National Forest on Saturday, February 6. The family-friendly event features 5K and 10K … [Read more...]

Eleven Contenders Overcome Challenges to Conquer the Bear; Heather Devito and Wes Barton Take Titles in Five-Event Series


The Conquer the Bear challenge, launched this year with February’s second annual Snowshoe the Bear, included five athletic events and, ultimately, 11 contenders, who completed races in snowshoeing, mountain biking, running and paddling. The final, daunting competition was the completion of the 26.2 mile marathon in Saturday’s Run the Bear, … [Read more...]

Over 1,200 Participate in Saturday’s Run the Bear Events; First-Place Finishes for Tony Torres, and Locals Nick Comiskey and Jonathan Stiles

Runners sprint out the gate at the 5K; BBMS Coach Jonathan Stiles, far left, ultimately wins the race.

This Saturday’s Run the Bear event, coordinated by the Lighthouse Project and staffed by countless local volunteers, drew roughly 1,250 participants in the full marathon, half-marathon, 5K, Kids’ Kritter Run, and the bike tour, which cycled out of Pine Knot Landing before the sun came up on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Forty-year-old … [Read more...]

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BBMS Eighth Grader Jordan Romero Summit’s Carstensz Pyramid, 16,000′ Above Sea Level in Indonesia

Jordan Romero atop Indonesia's Carstensz Pyramid (aka Puncak Jaya), his sixth summit, in September.

Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero accomplished his mission on this month’s trip to Indonesia as, on September 2, he and dad Paul and climbing partner Karen Lundgren summited Carstensz Pyramid, the continent’s highest peak at 16,000 feet. This marks Jordan’s sixth summit in his quest to be the youngest climber to reach the world’s highest … [Read more...]

Twelve Athletes Still in the Running for the 2009 Conquer the Bear Title; Series Culminates With Saturday’s 26.2 Mile Marathon

Ted and Heather Devito were the early leaders in Conquer the Bear, having won the Snowshoe the Bear event, the first in the series. As the top locals in the event, they also won the perpetual "Fastest Bears in the Bear" trophies.

This Saturday, September 12, brings the second Big Bear Lake Marathon, as the Run the Bear event, which also includes a half-marathon, 5K and free Kids’ Kritter Run, gets underway, starting first with the bike tour, which launches from Pine Knot Landing at 6:30am. For 12 athletes, Saturday’s Run the Bear will be the culmination of a strenuous … [Read more...]

Thirteen-Year-Old Jordan Romero on Quest to Summit His Sixth World Peak This Week

Paul and Jordan Romero on a helicopter en route to a base camp in Indonesia, for their September 2009 climb to the summit of Carstensz Pyramid.

Local mountaineer Jordan Romero has taken a study break from eighth grade in order to continue his quest to climb to the top of the world’s seven summits, which will ultimately include Mt. Everest. Thirteen-year-old Romero is in Indonesia this week, along with dad Paul and climbing partner Karen Lundgren, and is hoping that the weather will allow … [Read more...]

40+ Athletes Compete in Saturday’s Intense Multisport; Devitos Lead in Conquer the Bear Series

This year's Multisport included a 9K run, 20K ride, 4K run and the "ropes of pain."

Saturday’s California Multisport competition made for arguably the most intense of the four Conquer the Bear events, given steep terrain for running and mountain biking under the mid-day sun which, as it turns out, was a record high for the year at 85.5 degrees. The event started with a 9K run, followed by an intense 20K bike ride, then a 4K run … [Read more...]