Registration

Am I Registered?

If you have questions during any part of the registration process, please contact us.

You can also register by mail. Download and complete the PDF and mail it to the address included on the form.

Registration Deadlines

  1. Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
  2. We will have last-minute in-person registration the day before the event on Friday, March 6, 2020.
  3. There is no race day registration.

Youth Fees

Youth (19 and under) pay $40 for any race during any registration period. Note that the youth fee for the 10km is $30 through December 31.

Entry Fees

Entry Fees

10 km

25 km

50 km

50km
Skiathlon

Youth
(all distances)

by December 31

 $30

 $65

 $65

 $65

$40 ($30 for 10k)

by February 1

 $40

 $70

 $70

 $70

$40

through March 1

 $40

 $80

 $80

 $80

$40

March 2-4 (online reg closes
at 11:59 pm March 4)

 $45

 $95

 $95

 $95

$40

March 6 (in-person only)

$50

$110

$110

$110

$40

Race Changes

No refund or charge to change to the 10K races. $10 fee for all other changes after March 1, 2019. Race changes can be made by emailing info@greatbearchase.com.

Refunds

Entry fees are non-refundable for any reason.

Cloth Bibs and Limits on Quantities

The Great Bear Chase provides racers with high-quality cloth bibs.

Age Group Awards

Each year our organizing committee reviews the age group ranges for both genders. Our goal is to roughly equalize the number of skiers in each age group (based on the previous year’s numbers) for fairness and to ensure competitive balance among all age groups. As a result, some age groups are five-year spans and some are ten-year spans. Male and female age groups don’t necessarily match – in many ranges the number of male and female skiers are not the same.

50km Skiathlon

  • Female age groups: 17-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Male age groups: 17-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+

50km Freestyle

  • Female age groups: 17-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Male age groups: 17-23, 24-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

50km Classic

  • Female age groups: 17-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Male age groups: 17-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

25km Freestyle

  • Female age groups: 16-and-under, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
  • Male age groups: 16-and-under, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

25km Classic

  • Female age groups: 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Male age groups: 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

10km Freestyle

  • Age Divisions (both genders): 12-and-under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+

10km Classic

  • Age Divisions (both genders): 18-and-under, 19-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+

What do I get?

  • Medals for the top three finishers in each age group for all six races.
  • A beautifully machine groomed race course through the Copper Country’s backwoods.
  • Trails clearly marked every 2 kilometers throughout each course.
  • Aid stations spread throughout the course. They average about 7 km apart, check the race guide for all the details.
  • No road crossings!
  • Free showers and locker room access after the race.
  • Free pasty lunch before the award ceremony (gluten free options are available).
  • Homemade unique awards for each overall event winner.
  • Unique awards for top 10 male and 5 female in 50km races.
  • Other prizes (including new skis!) will be awarded by random drawing. Skiers must be present to win.
  • Either a t-shirt or headwear, depending on the year. In 2019 racers will receive Great Bear Chase hats.

CXC Marathon Series

The Great Bear Chase 50K Skiathlon is part of the CXC Marathon Cup. The weekend of racing connects some of the biggest cross country ski events across the region, as the Great Bear Chase is one of seven races in the CXC Marathon Cup series.
 Sanctioned and scored by the Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), the Cup includes races in each of the three main states in the region – two races in Michigan, two in Wisconsin, and three in Minnesota.