Photos, video and everything else recapping the 2014 GBC

It was a busy, busy year for the Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon, which was once again host of more than 600 racers between about a dozen events in early March. This year's event included 515 skiers participating in one of six ski racers on Saturday morning, and about 100 more between the Junior Bear Chase and Snow Bike Race. With that, we’re proud to unveil a whole bunch of media from the 2014 race! Check everything out ... [Read more]

Weather and trails perfect as 515 compete in 2014 Great Bear Chase

The trails were pristine, the weather just about the right coldness and more than 500 skiers raced through the Swedetown Trails this morning during the 34th annual Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon. Winning this year's race most coveted top spot, the 50 km freestyle champion, was Jan Myrda of Palos Heights, Ill. Myrda's title came in a sprint to the finish that ended with a split-second difference, and Chris Pappathopoulos ... [Read more]

Wax recommendations in, latest weather report looks perfect

Hot off the press from our friends at Toko and Swix - wax recommendations for the 2014 Great Bear Chase are in. Wax recommendations from Toko (PDF) Wax recommendations from Swix (PDF) Both recommendations are based off of a favorable forecast, which pits race day with a high of 24 degrees fahrenheit, a low of 11 degrees and, as of Thursday early afternoon, no snow on race day. The temperature will be a little warmer today and ... [Read more]

2014 Preview: KBC Beer Tasting, Food Truck, Pasta Dinner and more

The 2014 Great Bear Chase is just around the corner, and with that the Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon has finalized all of the food and beverage options for this year, including two new ones: A beer-tasting event during the award ceremony and a food truck out at the stadium! Below are all the details you'll need to know as you finalize your plans for the 2014 Great Bear Chase. Bear Chase Beer Tasting After finish the ... [Read more]

The GBC is in the Land of Great Snow

It’s been one of those winters in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. When we say that, we mean we’ve had snow, snow and more snow. And just for a little fun, Mother Nature has thrown in some major cold into the mix. Dating back to mid December, the Copper Country has only had a handful of days where the temperature has reached 33 degrees or above. Polar Vortex anyone? Time to start thinking spring. The good news for skiers is that the ... [Read more]

Junior Bear Chase details finalized

The festivities for Bear Chase weekend haven't really started until the youth have began chasing the bear through Swedetown Trails. That's how the weekend will get started again this year as the Copper Country Ski Tigers are once again hosting the Junior Bear Chase on Friday night. Registration for the event will run from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Swedetown Trails Chalet. Races will start shortly after 5 p.m. Read all of the details on the ... [Read more]

PHOTOS: 2014 awards and hats!

The 2014 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is less than two weeks out, and today we’re excited to show you a couple things most racers are hoping to come home with: Your courtesy hat for participating in the race, and our locally themed handmade awards that will go out to top finishers in all age brackets and races! This is the 2014 Great Bear Chase hat! Impact Custom Graphics, one of our race partners, made this. The ... [Read more]

New for 2014: Sign up here to receive results immediately after race

The Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon and our timing partner, Superior Timing, are proud to announce that results can be texted to participants and fans immediately after a racer crosses the finish line. "This is something we know many of our participants, and their friends and family members, will love," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "We've worked through the process, and we're happy to introduce this new ... [Read more]

Read all about our 2014 Course Improvements

The 2014 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon has several changes that will help to improve flow, reduce intersections and provide a better mix of terrain compared to past years. This according to Craig Hughes, one of the Great Bear Chase organizers who helped design this year’s course. “So far the course adjustments we’ve made have resulted in positive feedback from our Swedetown Trails skiers,” he explained. “When you ... [Read more]

Brockit, Inc. back as official Great Bear Chase photographer

Free photo downloads once again available to all The Portage Heatlh Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is proud to announce that Brockit Photography will once again be the official photographer of the Great Bear Chase, and once again will be providing FREE photo downloads for all participants. Dating back to 2006, the partnership between the Great Bear Chase and brockit, inc. has a long tradition of providing some of the best race ... [Read more]