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The Bear Run 5k

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    7210 Greenlake Dr N, Seattle, WA
   16095 Cleveland St., Redmond, WA


                        The Bear Run 5k



by Tiare Bailey
with photos by Bruce Fisher

6/9/19 – Maple Valley


9:00 a.m. – 36th annual family friendly 5k Bear Run And Walk

Part of Maple Valley Days festivities

This is traditionally a warm weather race announcing the arrival of summer.

The start and finish are inside the well groomed Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley.

Carnival rides colored the background of the start line and added to that festival feeling.

The lakeside view was so refreshing with the sun’s rays reflecting off the pristine lake surface.

Another spectacle was seeing the hundreds of runners wearing their bright blue and bright yellow accented race shirts, mingling before the start, and sporting the Tahoma HS colors.

All registrants registering before May 31st received the high quality unisex tech shirts.

Parking was available at the park, near the race start and finish line, but there was a $10 charge to do so.  A second option was to arrive at the park via a no cost shuttle from a public school close by with plenty of available parking.  The third option was to walk from the school and use the bag check available at the registration table.

These speedsters are ready to rumble!

727 runners and walkers lined up for the start.  Chip timing was monitored by Tortoise And Hare Timing Co.  It was announced that awards were to be given based on gun time.

The temperature at the race start was a pleasant 60 degrees but the temperature increased quickly, especially as we attacked the hills on the course.

In the first two miles there is a moderately hilly route through a residential area and along back roads with very little traffic.  The 3rd mile takes you on a recovery stretch of a gently downhill gravel road around a section with a peek a boo view of the lake.  Close to the finish you drop down onto a tree lined trail, then across the parking lot to a swift downhill finish on the grass.

There are a large number of children at the Bear Run as children 12 and under are sponsored by Tab Wizard and run, walk, or ride for free.  They also receive a colorful toy bear at the finish line.

After race refreshments included bottled water, a variety of muffins and fresh grapes.

Awards are aplenty!  The top 3 overall men and women received custom plaques.  There were at least 15 random prize drawings, without a wait to receive them.

Awards were given in 5 year age divisions from age 16 to 80+.  Younger divisions had 2-3 year divisions.  First place winners received the “coveted” brown Bear Run bear, second and third place winners received bright blue and yellow bells.

Twenty-one age division winners display their Brown Bears.


The first female SS runner was Mary Richards with a time of 24:35. The first male SS runner was Cliff Richards at 20:16. Cliff was the previous race director, and was acknowledged for this.


 We had two Grand Prix finishers after the Bear RUN. They are, Molly Childs and Kent Sizer.                                                        Congratulations !

Molly Childs – 2019 series Finisher

Kent Sizer – 2019 Series Finisher













                             Race Results in Photos by Bruce Fisher



Molly Childs and Diane Martin man the Silver Strider table.

Race Director Kristi Woods and MC Jeff Brady

Put Me In Coach!


Post race brunch was held at Stockton’s Restaurant and Spirits. Silver Striders met and enjoyed each others company. A  favorite part of race day.


Steve Husko Photo








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