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Registration for the 2021 Great Bear Chase is open

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

Please note that there are changes for the 2021 race, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We have reduced most entry fees by $5 for 2021.
  • Skiers will choose a 10-minute window for starting, with no more than 50 skiers starting in any one 10-minute block. Skiers can start any time during the 10-minute block.
  • Should the Great Bear Chase be cancelled due to COVID-19, skiers can choose to apply their registration fee to the 2022 race.
  • We will not have a pasty lunch in the school gym this year.
  • The number of racers may be capped, based on state of Michigan requirements and/or organizer discretion. At this time we plan to limit total racers to 500.
  • Age group ranges may change for awards.
  • We are still considering whether to have awards this year.

Registration Deadlines

  1. Online registration closes at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
  2. We will have last-minute in-person registration the day before the event on Friday, March 12, 2021 (4-8:30 pm at Calumet High School).
  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

We have reduced most entry fees for the 2021 year.

Entry Fees

10 km

25 km

50 km

50km
Skiathlon

Youth
(all distances)

by December 31, 2020

 $30

 $60

 $60

 $60

$40
($30 for 10k)

by February 1, 2021

 $40

 $65

 $65

 $65

$40

through March 1, 2021

 $40

 $75

 $75

 $75

$40

March 8-10 (online reg closes
at 11:59 pm March 10, 2021)

 $45

 $90

 $90

 $90

$40

March 12, 2021 (in-person only)

$50

$105

$105

$105

$40

Race Changes

No refund or charge to change races. Race changes can be made by emailing info@greatbearchase.com.

Refunds

Entry fees are non-refundable for any reason. NOTE FOR 2021. Should the Great Bear Chase be cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all registrants will have the option to transfer their registration to the 2022 race.

Cloth Bibs

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

Age Group Awards

NOTE: AGE GROUPS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN 2021, DEPENDING ON WHETHER THE EVENT SIZE IS LIMITED BY STATE LAW OR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE DISCRETION.

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 seven 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. [NOTE – SHOWERS AND LOCKER ROOMS NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021
  • Free pasty lunch before the award ceremony (gluten-free options are available). NOTE: PASTY LUNCH WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2021; POSSIBLY A DRIVE-UP OR BOX LUNCH MAY BE AVAILABLE.
  • Homemade unique awards for each overall event winner. NOTE: AWARDS MAY NOT BE AS USUAL DURING 2021
  • Unique awards for top 10 male and 5 female in 50km races. NOTE: AWARDS MAY NOT BE AS USUAL DURING 2021
  • Other prizes (including new skis!) will be awarded by random drawing. Skiers must be present to win. NOTE: DOOR PRIZES MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING 2021
  • Either a t-shirt or headwear, depending on the year. NOTE: T-SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN 2021.

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.