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Polar Bear 5K

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Speed around Wash Park in this fast and friendly 5k. Great for runners of all stripes, the course loops right around the periphery of the park, passing by its two scenic lakes. Sign up for the jovial race day atmosphere and to stick to your New Year's resolution.

Review summary

5 Reviews
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Kevin F
"This was a quick fun race to kick off the new year. In Colorado, the weather..."


Chance P
"I had a great time. My son was disappointed that he didnt get to wear a number..."


Rose W
"Great time. Very well organized, but also very heavily attended. Get in your..."
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Polar Bear 5K route


Be part of Denver's longest ever running series. The Polar Bear 5k course loops right around Wash Park's picturesque internal lakes - Smith Lake and Grasmere Lake.

This looped route will be fully marked throughout and well marshalled by Hal Sports team of epic volunteers.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Participants receive a pair of official Polar Bear Running Gloves

  • Free Kids Fun Run (8yrs and younger)

  • Chill around for post event refreshments and treats

  • Event photos with Polie, the Polar Bear Mascot

  • Custom finisher's medal

Raceday Logistics


0900: Registration and packet collection opens

0950: Kids Fun Run (8 years and below)

1000: Race starts

1050: Awards ceremony

Packet Collection:

  • Advance pick-up at Road Runner Sports (8457 S. Yosemite St., Lone Tree, CO 80124) 11am – 2pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • Race day pick-up opens at 9:00 a.m.


If you are keen to help out with this event and be part of the epic race day atmosphere then you can sign up through this link:


Frequently Asked Questions

How are the awards decided?
5K Awards: Top overall male and female Top three (3) male and female in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and over. 5K Race Walk Awards: ​Top three (3) overall male and female finishers (as verified by USATF officials).
Are dogs and push strollers allowed?
Yes, competitors are welcome to bring along their canine companion so long as they are well mannered, controlled and leashed. Additionally, strollers are also allowed on this course and Push children pushed in strollers do not need to be registered. For safety reasons, for those participating in That Dam 13.1, due to the course width, it is recommended to not run with your dogs or strollers.
How far is the kids fun run? 
The kids fun run has been created for kids around 8 yrs. & under with a total distance of around 200 metres.
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Polar Bear 5K weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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Polar Bear 5K reviews (5)

4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
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  • Did the 5K in 2019

    I had a great time. My son was disappointed that he didnt get to wear a number on his shirt like daddy for his fun run but I understand why they cant do this. Ill be back for the Super Bowl 5k!
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    Great time. Very well organized, but also very heavily attended. Get in your pace group or youll spend the race on someones heels
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    This was a quick fun race to kick off the new year. In Colorado, the weather can change at any moment, but the organizers intend to hold the event regardless of conditions. This year, weather was great!
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    Fun event, well organized and always enjoyable being out on a Sunday morning with other athletes. Weather was perfect this year too but no one can plan that!!
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    it was very organized. I did not enjoy the course though- felt like we could have done a bigger loop around Wash park instead of having to repeat the first part again
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