Race Preview: 2020 Polar Bear Run (Redmond)


When its frosty cold outside (like it is right now), it can be easy to imagine what a polar bear might feel like living in the arctic. What I can’t quite imagine is that bear running a 5K or 10K.

On the other hand, I can totally imagine running the Polar Bear Run 5K or 10K with some friends this January. And with a starting time at 10:30am, I think I can get those friends excited too.

Along with the public options, this race also includes the 5th annual First Responder Challenge, which is open to any law enforcement officer, fire, or first medical responder in Central Oregon. Teams include five participants, and the team with the fastest combined time in the 5K distance wins major bragging rights and Tommy Bear for the year.

All participants (and families are super encouraged) are invited to the Polar Bear Expo after the race for hot chocolate, hot food, hot coffee, and cold bear (for the 21+ crowd). There will also be booths from local health, fitness, and family-friendly businesses. Participants will all get a swag bag with lots of items from the vendors (plus a raffle ticket for a bonus prize).

The first 300 people to register get a long-sleeved race shirt. So, get some warm running clothes and get signed up for the race on Saturday, January 11.


Polar Bear Run (Redmond)
When: Saturday, January 11 at 10:30am
Where: St. Thomas Academy (1720 NW 19th Street)
Register: Online
Packet Pick-Up: Thursday, January 9 4:30-6:30pm at FootZone of Bend (842 NW Wall Street). Friday, January 10 12-5pm at St. Thomas Academy (1720 NW 19th Street). Race Day starting at 8:30am.
Cost: 5K/10K for $30 ($40 after 12/31). First Responder 5K Challenge (5 participants) for $150. Cub Run (17 and under) for $20.

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