Un-BEAR-lievable: RUNNING BEAR TURNS 10!!!

The Sleeping Bear Dunes are famous for their natural beauty, but for those of us who make a home here, the supportive and inclusive community is almost as much a part of what we love about it. That's why we're happy to turn over the reigns to the fine folks at the Glen Arbor Women's Club

Yes, this is the 10th Birthday for the Glen Arbor Women's Club "Running Bear 5K Run/Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids' Run."   Join us for the celebration on Tuesday, July 26th, at 9:00 a.m. in front of Cherry Republic on Lake St. in Glen Arbor, Michigan.  This is a favorite event for both local residents and visitors.  The 5K is open to everyone.  You can run or walk so our young runners and our seniors can both take part.  We've made it a family affair with our 1/2 Mile Kids' Run for the little ones.  The children get to run with theBear and take home a ribbon along with coupons for an ice cream cone from Riverfront Ice Cream and a game of miniature golf provided by Dale's Putt-Putt.  So bring the whole family and enjoy a great morning!

The main focus of this event is to earn money for scholarships for our great high school seniors.  This year we gave out six scholarships each for $2000.00.  They were awarded to Rowan James Brady, Anne Marie Dunklow, Chris Lodge, Garrett Schaub, Seneca Stairs and Jolene Therrien.  Congratulations Seniors!  The Glen Arbor Women's Club is extremely proud to have given out over $100,000.00 in scholarship money during these 10 years.  

Be sure to arrive early and join us at 8:40 a.m. for a warm-up for our runners and walkers by Lorie Lenhard, from Lorie's Pilates located in the Village Sampler.  Local entertainer Pat Niemesto from the group New Third Coast and Cherry Republic's own Lexi Galla will start the run with the National Anthem.  Our Mascot, Running Bear, will be on hand to cheer on all the runners and charm the children.  He loves his photo shots!

 The 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. and the Kids' Run will follow at 9:05 a.m.  The run will leave from the corner of Lake and State Streets.  After the run,  join the "Celebration!"  The 1st and 2nd place winners of 10 age categories as well as the male and female over-all best winners will be announced.  They will all receive metals and prizes from Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters and the Cyclery.  We will have lots of great food and a raffle drawing for over fifty prizes for everyone entered in the 5K.  You must be present to win.


Come out and wish Running Bear a Happy 10th Birthday!  The cost is $15 for the 5K Run/Walk ($18, the day of the run) and $5 for the Kids' Run.  You can register online at www.runningbearrun.com, register early on Monday, July 25th at the Glen Arbor Town Hall from 10 - 4, or Tuesday morning from 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. before the start of the Run.   Early registered runners can also pick up their bibs at the Town Hall on Monday.  T-shirts will be available for purchase there as well.


Be sure to come out and join the fun!  We know you can run faster than the BEAR!!