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 33rd running! If you need to register the old-fashioned way, you can download the registration form here.
** 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. A long time Kent resident and running enthusiast, Dunleavy continues 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 - The Race is limited to 500 participants ***
** Snow Date is March 12 @ 11:00 AM **
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.
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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Registration: Should you prefer to register offline, you can download the entry form here and mail to: Greystone, 119 Harmony Hill Road, Harwinton, CT 06791 // firstname.lastname@example.org