The Bear Run 5K is back on June 11

Registration is open at for the 34th annual Bear Run, a special event of Maple Valley Days, on Sunday, June 11, 2017!

The event will be chip-timed on a certified 5K course around beautiful Lake Wilderness. The improved starting line location inside the park and bag-drop service will be back for your convenience! And, to save you time on race day, we’ve added a pre-race packet pick-up night at Road Runner Sports in Kent on Friday, June 9 from 6-9 pm! What’s more, they are offering our registrants $10 off a $30 purchase (or, VIPs get 20% off anything) when you shop during this time!

This event is geared towards seasoned runners, casual walkers, families and kids. Thanks to generous sponsorships from community business leaders, kids 12 and under will participate for free when registered by May 30 (a small registration fee applies). We’ll be tracking which Tahoma elementary school can generate the most participation for school bragging rights! The Bear Run is a stop on the Silver Striders Grand Prix schedule, which caters to runners 50 years and older, and for the hard-core runners, the event is the first stop of the South King Challenge (a series of four running events in South King County).

Participants who register by May 30 are guaranteed a t-shirt. After May 30, the registration cost increases by $5 and shirts are not assured. Top finishers will be eligible for awards including the coveted teddy bears for age group winners (a Bear Run tradition), cowbells for runners-up, and all participants will be eligible for raffle prizes. A special raffle for a signed Steve Largent jersey can be entered for $5 per ticket!

The funds generated by this event support scholarships as well as the Tahoma cross-country and track programs. All ages are welcome. Invite your teammates, co-workers, extended family, and friends to be a part of this fun tradition. For more information and to register, visit

Bear Run organizers recognize the support of local sponsors including Road Runner Sports, Thrive Community Fitness, Maple Valley Eye Care, Tab Wizard, UW Medical Center – Maple Valley Clinic, Snoqualmie Tribe, Maple Valley Physical Therapy, Kriss Chiropractic, Duffy’s Auto Sales, Ankie & Dana from John L. Scott, RJC Equipment, Laser Cutting Northwest, Jacobson/Klein Homes, The Home Team – Bob Clem, Les Schwab Tires, Derek Leonard Wells Fargo Financial Advisor, Excel Real Estate – Jeremy Mellick, Lehmbecker Law, Kirby Nelson Orthodontics, Legal Support Services, Maple Valley-Covington-Black Diamond Reporter, and Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation.