Tag: Snowshoe The Bear

Snow or Shine, the Race is on

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 14, 2014 – One slogan of our annual snowshoe race is, “If you can walk you can snowshoe,” and given our dry winter, this year’s competitors may actually be on foot. Organizers say the 7th Annual Snowshoe the Bear will go on February 22nd at 10:00 a.m., even if turns out to be a trail run. Event producer Karen Lundgren is keeping her fingers crossed for snow, but knows that dry land shouldn’t discourage outdoor enthusiasts. She says, “The rewards of running in Big Bear’s backcountry are priceless with beautiful pine trees and Big Bear Lake as your backdrop. It’s definitely worth it.” The 5k and 10k courses begin in the Village, then ascend along the meandering forest trails to the south. The day also includes a kids’ race and EXPO event at noon, and an awards ceremony and raffle from 1:00 to 2:00, in the midst of exhibit booths, live music and product giveaways. And with an average of 200 participants plus spectators, it’s a fun festival atmosphere. If Mother Nature surprises us with some white stuff, snowshoe rentals and purchases are available at a number of local stores. Registration is now open at snowshoethebear.com or by phone at (909) 224-9315. [Photos courtesy...

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If you can walk, you can “Snowshoe the Bear”

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 snowshoethebear.wordpress.com 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...

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5th Annual “Snowshoe The Bear” Starts “Conquer The Bear” Series

Big Bear, Ca, February 20, 2012, 12:00pm – The recent 14 inches of snowfall the Big Bear Valley received will be perfect snowpack for the 5th annual Snowshoe the Bear race that will take place this Saturday, February 25th. Snowshoe the Bear is a great event for anyone who has ever wanted to give snowshoeing a try.  There is a challenge for everyone at every level with a 5 and 10k course.  You don’t need to own a pair of snowshoes to compete, as you can rent them from may shops around the Big Bear Valley including North Shore Trading Company, Goldsmith’s Boardhouse and Bear Valley Bikes.   If you are renting from a local shop, be sure to call ahead and reserve a pair, as they can run out.  Snowshoe the Bear is the first event in the Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Cub series, in which participants compete in the snowshoe race, Paddlefest in July, a road bike race in August, and a trail run in September.  Those that complete all of the races will Conquer the Cub or Conquer the Bear.  For more information on Snowshoe the Bear, or the Conquer the Bear series go online at...

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Open Air Big Bear Announces 2012 Conquer The Bear Schedule Of Events

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 11, 2011, noon – Open Air Big Bear is back with the 2012 Conquer the Bear, Conquer the Cub, and the all new Conquer the Grizzly multisport challenges in Big Bear Lake. The series will test athletes on four different disciplines throughout the year – snowshoeing, paddling, cycling, and trail running. The events include Snowshoe the Bear on February 25 – a snowshoe race of 5K for Conquer the Cub and 10K for Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly; Big Bear PaddleFest on July 8 – paddle races of 5K for Conquer the Cub and 20K for Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly; Tour de Big Bear on August 4 – NEW bike road races for Conquer the Cub, Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly; and Endure the Bear on September 9 – a trail run race of 5K for Conquer the Cub and 30K for Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly. The series offers athletes numerous chances at cash and prizes including $1000 grand prize split between the Conquer the Bear men’s and women’s overall winners, and the individual FRS King of the Mountain awards giving participants the opportunity to win $50 cash at each race. Individual events in the series offer cash prizes to the top finishers, age group awards and additional prizes from sponsors including FRS Healthy Energy, Big...

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