Race Preview: 6th Annual Polar Bear 5K/10K – Redmond, OR

Now in its 6th year, the Polar Bear Run is picking up steam as a fantastic way to kick off your race calendar in the new year. And while the cold of January might keep some indoors, more than 300 runners and walkers showed up to run on a gorgeous Saturday morning. A great addition to the run is the 1st Responder 5K Challenge, which is a team even and is open to any Law Enforcement, Fire, First Medical Responders, Wildland Firefighters, or Military personnel in Central Oregon. Teams are made up of 5 runners who must ALL run the race (mixed Male/Female okay). The team with the fastest combined time in wins the challenge. Last year, Sunriver Fire took home the prize...can they repeat?

Runners making their way south on the Dry Canyon Trail.

Speaking of repeats, I ran this event last year and had a great time. Here is some of my recap:

304 runners and walkers alike enjoyed near perfect conditions ([in 2014] at race time it was 8 degrees) as they worked their way down onto the Dry Canyon Trail for either the 5K or 10K route, both of which are out and backs that start and end at St Thomas church in Redmond. Besides the good weather and the record turnout (nearly 40% increase from 2014), the church also hosts an expo that starts before the races and keeps going until after the awards ceremony.

As I mentioned, the Polar Bear Expo kicks off inside the school after the run. Enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee and meet local health and fitness experts as well as some local businesses who will have plenty of goodies on hand.

When: Saturday, January 9th, 2016. Race starts at 10:30am

Where: St Thomas Academy (corner of 19th & Maple, Redmond, OR)

Register: Online here


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Insanely happy husband & father. Trail running junkie. Ultramarathoner wannabe. Saved by grace.
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