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Bear Creek Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $40–$83
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  2. Half Marathon (Hike)

    Run 13.1mi
    $78–$83
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  3. 5K

    Run 5km
    $53–$58
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  4. 10K

    Run 10km
    $62–$67
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Event details

  • Hilly
  • Mixed
  • Trails
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt

From the organizer

Organizer's website

If you are looking for a super-fast, flat, easy course to set a personal record, you are probably in the wrong place. These courses have lots of hills! If, however, you are looking for a great time on the trails, with beautiful scenery, awesome support and unique, high-quality shirts and awards, you have come to the right place! Hikers/walkers are very welcome.

Bear Creek Half Marathon, 10K & 5K route

Course Maps
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What’s Included

Custom finisher medals

Special t-shirts (available in gender-specific styles and sizes from youth small up to men's 4XL)

Electronic chip timing

Course Details

Each course includes a very short section of paved trail (about 2-300 yards) with the majority of the courses being on fire roads. All courses will finish along a 1.1 mile stretch of beautiful and very well-shaded single track.

The half marathon and 10K courses will be single loops.

The 5K course is a single loop that includes one out-and-back section. This course will include a steady, but not too steep, increase in elevation during the first half, and end with rolling hills down through the single track section.

Each course will be marked with colored ribbons, signs and flour, so that runners know they are on the correct course. As can be seen in the course map above, with the exception of the out-and-back section of the 5K, there are no sections where runners will be going in the opposite directions of other runners, making the course extremely straightforward and easy to follow. Volunteers will also be on the course at key locations to help direct runners.

Raceday Logistics

Bib Pick-Up:

Runners have three options for picking up their bibs and shirts:

1. Mail-out service (for an additional price).
2. Pick-up in person at Road Runner Sports Concord on Thursday, August 8th (3pm-7pm) and Friday, August 9th (11am-3pm). Runners who pick their bib up in person will receive in-store discounts.
3. Pick-up on race morning (not recommended).

In order to avoid race morning stress and avoid having to arrive even earlier, we strongly recommend choosing options 1 or 2. If you are unable to take advantage of those first two options, race morning pick-up will still be available, but you should aim to arrive 70-90 minutes ahead of your race start to account for lines.

Raceday Registration:

It is possible that the race is 100% sold out before race day. Updates will be posted on the race website. If you do not see the race noted as sold out here or on the race home page, you will be okay to sign up on race morning, starting at 6:45 a.m. Race day registration is an additional $5 from the final online registration price.

Hikers:

For half marathon participants who wish to hike the course and take more than 4.5 hours, we will offer a "Hiker Division" start at 7:00 am. Those starting at 7:00 should carry water as the first and second aid stations might not be 100% up and running, depending on the hiker's speed. Hiker starts will not be eligible to win the race or for age group awards, but will be listed as official finishers in the Hiker Division and will still receive finisher medals.

Course Time Limits:

The half marathon has a 4.5 hour time limit to finish the course.

There are also the following cutoffs on the course:

Cut-Off for Aid Station #2 (mile 5.79) – 
Hikers (starting at 7:00am) must reach this aid station by 9:30am. Those starting at 8:00am must reach it by 10:00am.

Cut-Off for Aid Station #3 (mile 9.92) –
All participants must reach this aid station by 11:30am.

Water Stations:

Water stations will be stocked with water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, candy, etc. and will be placed at the following approximate mileage:

Water stations on course –
5K: 1
10K: 4
1/2 Marathon: 6

Water station locations are shown on maps above. Those needing water more frequently are encouraged to carry a water bottle or hydration pack.

Toilets will be available at the race start/finish area and near the Alhambra Creek Staging Area aid station (approximately halfway through the half marathon course).

Volunteers
Not ready to run, but still want to be part of the community, helping runners achieve their goals and have an awesome day? We would love your help. Sign up at: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/19558/bear-creek-2019/volunteer
FAQs

I am a very slow runner. Am I going to be out of place?

You won't be out of place at all. Our races are planned for participants of all abilities, including walkers/hikers.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel. We also ask that you remove them, or, at the very least, remove one ear bud when you are coming to aid stations, in a large crowd or on more technical or difficult sections of the course. The important thing is paying attention to everyone's safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other runners.

Do you offer a group discount? Frequent runner discount? Family discount? Coupon? Special break for running more than one race?

We do not.

Will there be age group awards?

Yes, we will have results and awards for age group finishers in 5 year divisions.

Will there be somewhere to leave my warm-up clothes?

Yes, there will be a sweat-check area and these will be checked in and watched over by a volunteer. Bags for storing your sweats will be available if you do not bring your own. Please do not leave valuables in your sweat bags – we cannot be responsible for these items.

Can my dog run with me during the race?

Unfortunately no. As much as we love dogs and running with our own, not everyone is comfortable being around dogs (even if leashed) and for reasons of safety (for those with two legs and four) we ask runners not to bring their dogs along for the race.

Will the race be cancelled if it rains?

No. The race will be held, rain or shine. Courses may be modified to account for weather conditions.

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