Look what’s back for the 7th year, it’s the Polar Bear run in Redmond!! When this race first started, it was a 5K run/walk that encouraged families to get out and start their new year off right. Before long, race organizers added a 10K run. Then, in year 5, the First Responder’s 5K Challenge was added, bringing a really different and unique aspect to this event.
This year, the half marathon distance makes its debut and I, for one, am sure to be there. While it’s true that I have been at the last 3 of these races, this year is a little more special because I was asked to design the half marathon course, a challenge I gladly accepted!
The Polar Bear run takes place in the Dry Canyon in the heart of Redmond. The Dry Canyon trail is a nearly 4 mile paved trail that runs north-south. The 5K and 10K courses remain unchanged, starting in the parking lot of the church at 19th and Maple and using the paved trail in the canyon. Turn-arounds are clearly marked and volunteers will be aplenty as always.
The half gets a little trickier. In order to get 13.1 miles, half marathon runners will use both the paved trail as well as the multitude of single track trails that parallel the paved section. All in all, runners will hit paved trail, dirt trail, a short gravel section and even a little bit of road. Yours truly is excited to be there for the inaugural running of the half distance for this event and might even run it!
As is the case each year, there is an expo, in the gymnasium of the church, of small businesses along with food and beverages. The weather can be a huge factor in this race and this year appears to be no different, with large amounts of snow still clogging up the trails. Regardless of your distance, come to run and come to have fun!
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When: Saturday, January 14th. Day of race registration starts at 8:30. Half starts at 9:45. 5K/10K races start at 10:30. Awards start at 11:50.
Use code RO17PB for $10 off any distance!