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Overview: The 7.6 mile loop of Lake Waramaug has become an annual winter tradition for hundreds of area runners. The scenic course travels counterclockwise along the shoreline of the glacial lake while passing through Washington, Warren and Kent. The route is primarily flat with a few gentle rolling hills. Come join us for the 29th running!
** A note regarding Parking: Please consider carpooling with your fellow runners.
Parking is very limited. Thank you. **
History of the Polar Bear Run: Much like the Lake itself, the Race has an interesting history. The Race's origin can be traced back to the running boom that swept the country in the seventies. The Woodbury, CT based Tin Man Athletic Club staged the initial running around the frozen lake in 1980. Lead Pack Sports took over organizational efforts and they were followed by the Bethel Bananas Running Club in 1986.
From 1987-1991 what had been the area's only winter running race went into hibernation and the race was not held for 5 years. In 1991, Wallie Jahn opened a retail store for runners, Road & Track Sports, and in response to strong interest from the local running community, he resurrected the Race in 1992 with the help of the Lake Waramaug Country Club.
After Jahn fell ill, Dave Dunleavy stepped up to help manage the Race in 2012. 2013 marks the first full year under Dunleavy's guidance. A long time Kent resident and running enthusiast, Dunleavy plans to continue to build on the tradition that has made the Polar Bear Run a favorite of area runners.
From the South: Head north on Route 202, take left onto Route 45. Go left at the stop sign onto West Shore Road. Golf Links Road is 2.5 miles down. Take left onto Golf Links Road. Lake Waramaug Country Club is on the right atop the hillside.
From the North: Head south on Route 202, take a right onto Route 45 and follow same directions as above.
*** Be Sure to Sign Up Early ***
Commemorative Headbands by TrailHeads are guaranteed to
the first 250 pre-registrants!
Race Number Pick Up: Numbers will be available for pick up on Race Day at the start area at the Lake Waramaug Country Club, beginning at 9:30 AM.
Prizes will be awarded to overall Top 3 female and male finishers.
********$100 Prize for Setting a New Course Record********
Men's Record Holder: Elijah Kitur / 38:07 (1998)
Women's Record Holder: Anne Hird / 43:34 (1983)
Age Group Awards for Top 3 in each category:
14 & under / 15-19 / 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59/ 60 -69 / 70 & over
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Volunteers Needed: If you're interested in helping with registration, start and finish line management, post race refreshments or a variety of other tasks, we'd welcome your assistance. Please contact Race Director Dave Dunleavy (contact info below)
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