Skiers climb a challenging hill at Swedetown Trails during a previous Great Bear Chase race. (Keweenaw Now file photo)
CALUMET -- The Great Bear Chase is right around the corner -- Saturday, March 9, 2013. If you are available that weekend, please consider volunteering for this great community event. Organizers are still looking for 20-30 volunteers to make this event a success. Options include registration, aid stations, back-up timers, de-chippers and much more.
It takes about 100 or so volunteers to make this event a go every year. Most of those volunteers are avid users of the Swedetown Trails, which take in all of the profit from the Great Bear Chase. The race ends up being one of the biggest fundraisers for the trails each and every year.*
This year the race offers three distances in both classic and freestyle skiing, including the most popular -- the Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon of 50 km. All races take place at the beautiful Swedetown Trails. The event will also include the 14 km classic race that was added last year. This race is the shortest, and it was such a hit in its first year that the Great Bear Chase is proud to be adding it to this year’s events.
Click here to learn more about the six great events and the great snow conditions for the race at the Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon Race Guide, and click here to register on line. Register before March 7 for the final discount.
* Feel free to check out the volunteer page.