Race Guide

The UP Health System Great Bear Chase

The UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon has has earned a reputation as a skier-oriented weekend allowing participants of all experience levels to finish their seasons with a high-quality event.

  • 50 km skiathlon (limited to the first 120 entries)
  • 50 km freestyle
  • 50 km classic
  • 25 km freestyle
  • 25 km classic
  • 10 km freestyle
  • 10 km classic

Information You Need to Know

  • The 50km skiathlon is capped at 115 skiers
  • Each skier will receive a 2023 Great Bear Chase ski hat
  • T-shirts will be available for purchase
  • See the "Maps and Parking" page for a locator map and course maps

Weekend Schedule

Please note, all times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Thursday, March 9, 2023

3:00 - 5:30 pm - Registration and Bib Pick-up - Portage Fitness Center - 921 Sharon Avenue, Houghton

Friday, March 10, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Registration and Bib Pick-up - Calumet High School

4:00 - 8:00 pm - CLK Rotary Pasta Feed - Siskiwit Reception Hall and Conference Center (26070 Pine Street, Calumet) (must purchase a ticket)

Saturday, March 11, 2023

6:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Bib Pick-Up - Calumet High School - NOTE: no race-day registration

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - 43rd Annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase 

  • All races will begin and finish near Spruce Street in Calumet (see the map for start/finish and parking). Parking is available in a plowed lot on Spruce Stret and along both Spruce and Osceola Streets. Plan on a 15-minute walk to the race start.

Post-race - Registration includes the pasty luncheon at Calumet High School. We'll provide fresh, award-winning pasties (meat or vegetarian), bakery, fruit, and more! The school's locker rooms and showers will be available.


Awards are given for the top three for each gender in each age category in each race, including our signature wood skis for 1st place finishers in each age group. 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive medals. Unique awards will be given to the overall fastest man and woman in each race.

Age Groups

  • TBA

Other Information

  • Please, no dogs at the event - to assure the safety of skiers and spectators, no pets are allowed anywhere on the event grounds, including the stadium, the course, spectator areas, and the CLK schools.
  • Trail markings will be clear, with markers every 2 km.
  • Aid stations will provide water, Gu Hydration drinks, bananas and Gu energy gel.
  • Spectators are encouraged to shout encouragement! Near the chalet is an excellent place as all skiers come near, and racers in the longer races go by it several times.
  • 50km minimum age is 17.
  • Safety personnel from UP Health System, Mercy EMS and local First Responders will be on hand and in radio contact with check points.
  • Results are available at www.superiortiming.com
  • Photos - Racers will receive an email when photos are available for free download. 

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