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A record 866 skiers enjoyed a perfect day for cross country skiing Saturday for the 40th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon at the Swedetown Trails in Calumet.   Two former Olympians, Brian and Caitlin Gregg, took the men’s and women’s titles in the 50km skiathlon. Brian is also a six-time national champion, while Caitlin is a former All-American at Northern Michigan University and the only five-time winner in the history of the...

The 40th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with the Calumet area having over 250 inches of snow this season, awesome trails and great temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 7th. Online registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Last-minute registration will also be available at the Calumet High School from 4-8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Registration will not be accepted on...

The UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, March 7th. Last year the event had record participation, with over 800 racers. The Great Bear Chase committee has been working hard over the past few years to really make this a high quality event, listening to racer and volunteer feedback and making improvements each year. In recent years we’ve added a 50km skiathlon, found a new stadium location,...

The 39th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with a packed base of 36” on the course and great temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 9th. Online registration will be open until midnight on Wednesday, March 6. Last-minute registration will also be available at the Calumet High School from 4-8:30 p.m. the day before the race. Registration will not be accepted on race day.  Save money by...

  http://www.greatbearchase.com/registration/. 2018 Great Bear Chase Race Details Before you hang up your skis for the season, consider joining over 700 skiers by participating in one of the last ski events of the year. The Great Bear Chase has earned a reputation as a laid-back, skier-orientated weekend that allows skiers of all experience levels to finish their season with a high-quality event.  Some highlights of this year’s race include: The 2018 Great Bear Chase will...

The first Great Bear Chase took place in 1981 and Richard Clark was there. This year marks the 36th annual ski marathon and Richard Clark plans to be there, just as he has for every Great Bear Chase. (A note that, if you are doing the math, the event was cancelled twice – once because of no snow and once because a huge wind storm toppled a number of trees onto the trail on the...

Register now! 2017 Great Bear Chase Race Details Before you hang up your skis for the season, consider joining over 600 skiers by participating in one of the last ski events of the year. The Great Bear Chase has earned a reputation as a laid-back, skier- orientated weekend that allows skiers of all experience levels to finish their season with a high-quality event. Some highlights of this year’s race include: The 2017 Great Bear Chase...

UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase, which will take place on Saturday, March 11th.  Last year the event had record participation, with 657 registered racers in an event that typically sees around 500. The Great Bear Chase committee has been working hard over the past few years to really make this a high quality event, listening to racer and volunteer feedback and making improvements each year. We’ve added a 50km skiathlon, found a new...

The Great Bear Chase ski race will be March 5th this year, and as always, will showcase both our area’s wonderful trails and people. The event requires the dedication and support of over 100 community volunteers. Positions are still available if you are interested in helping out with this great community event. The race will take place on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at the beautiful Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan.