Everything the 2013 GBC racer needs to know

Well, you’ve done it. You’re one of the more than 400 racers who have registered for the 2013 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon ahead of time. We appreciate it. The count ahead of time makes things much easier for us. We fully expect our numbers to end up being more than 500 as many skiers will meet us at Calumet High School tonight to register. Either way, we’re happy to have you for this year’s race! Below is all of the information you need!


Tonight’s Registration and Bib Pick-Up
Last minute registration and bib pickup is available at the Calumet High School from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. This will include a few vendor booths, a table to get your registration done (online registration is now closed), a chance to ask all the questions you’ve been dying to ask our awesome volunteers and the magic moment when you first touch your Great Bear Chase race bib. This is going to be your year!

Saturday morning bib pick-up
If you can’t make it in town for Friday’s bib pick-up, we’ll be at the Calumet High School bright and early for last-minute bib pickups. OK, so it won’t be bright at 7 a.m. in March, but it will be early and we’ll be there with bibs in hand to make sure you’re ready for the big race! Click here for directions to Calumet High School. There is no race-day registration.

Race Start Times
14 Km Classic – 8:25 a.m.
14 Km Freestyle – 8:30 a.m.
50 Km Classic – 8:45 a.m.
25 Km Classic – 8:45 a.m.
50 Km Freestyle – 9:30 a.m.
25 Km Freestyle – 9:40 a.m.

Award Ceremony and Award Information
Calumet High School is open for showers and FREE lunch for participants starting at 10:30 a.m. The Awards Ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m., starting with the 14 Km races, followed by the 25 Km and 50 Km races, respectively. Medals are given for first, second and third place for each age category in each race. Unique/local awards will be presented to the overall fastest man and woman in each race. Awards will not be given out early – racers will have the opportunity before the awards ceremony to pay $5 and have their award mailed to them. All racers will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Names of individuals winning prizes will be posted in the Calumet High School gym. Please visit the registration table to claim your prize.

Bib Numbers
Racers and spectators can identify which race participants are in based on their bib numbers. Each race has a separate numbering system with different color numbers.
50 Km Freestyle – 1 – 199 Red
50 Km Classic – 200 – 274 Black
25 Km Freestyle – 275 – 474 Blue
25 Km Classic – 475 – 574 Brown
14 Km Freestyle – 575 – 649 Green
14 Km Classic – 650 – 724 Purple

Changing Areas
Heated changing area and showers will be available at the Calumet High School. Please be conscious of hot water use and save some for racers arriving later. See the map on our Race Guide for location.

Chip Timing
Chips will be picked up at the start of the race, please have bib ready. NO CHIP NO TIME! Every participant must wear the chip on their left ankle. Skiers are responsible for returning the timing chip at the finish line. Volunteers will be available to help remove your chip.

Clothing Bag
In an effort to go green, we ask that you bring your own clothing bag. We will be providing heavy-duty tags with your bib # at registration and bib pick-up for each skier to attach to their own bag. Skiers are responsible for getting their bags to the bag-drop off area, clearly marked in the Stadium. Race officials are not responsible for lost or stolen property.

The Course
Ski trail difficulty varies throughout the course. Most of the Swedetown Trails are incorporated in this event, including challenging trails rated “more difficult” and “most difficult.” Skiers are individually responsible to ski under control, and within their ability for conditions. There are no road crossings and no use of snowmobile trails. Start times have been adjusted to avoid congestion on the course. Wondering about conditions? Well, we have 18+” of depth right now. For wax advice, you can try calling Cross Country Sports, take the advice posted on the Start Race Day Wax blog or talk to Craig Hughes at tonight’s registration, he was on the course last night and can offer some great advice. He’ll be easy to find tonight, and will have many answers for you about tomorrow’s race! If you’re looking to get a good feel of the course before the race, check out our new digital race map by Trail Genius, it combines GPS, video and google maps to provide you with all the details you could ever want (including visuals of tight turns and topography of the course)!

Emergency Contacts
In the case of an emergency, please dial 911. During the race, Aid Stations are manned with Amateur Radio Operators and National Ski Patrol will be present on the course.

Food and Aid Stations
The 14 Km course has aid stations located at 4 and 11 Km. The 25 Km course has aid stations located at 10 and 18 Km. The 50 Km course has aid stations at 10, 18, 25, 35 and 43 Km. The finish line will also have an aid station. Hammergel, Hammer HEED (energy drink), water and fruit will be available. A variety of sizes of ski poles will be available at each station. All aid stations are manned by local volunteers and service club members, please thank them as you pass by. Aid stations will have access to first aid. In case of emergency, aid Ssations are manned with Amateur Radio Operators and National Ski Patrol will be present on the course.

Lost and Found
Lost and found items will be brought to the Calumet High School gym during the awards ceremony. If items are not picked up during that time, please email info@greatbearchase.com or call (906) 369-2460 to inquire.

See the map on our website’s Race Guide for parking areas. If you were here last year, you’ll be VERY impressed with how much parking we’ve added for this year.

Porta-johns will be located near the start of the race and at the entrance to the stadium.

Post-event food
Food will be available for racers at the Calumet High School. Come and enjoy pasties, bakery and refreshments. Gluten free food will be available on request. Food will be available for purchase for non-racers. Read all about this year’s food options from a news article on our website, including just how amazing those pasties are!

Race Photos
For 2013 we’re proud to have all of the photos taken by Brockit, Inc. available for FREE to download. Read all the details here! Check GreatBearChase.com for the link to see the 2013 photos after the race and make sure to download the photos of you.

Results will be available at the Awards Ceremony, and on our website on the results page.

Spaghetti Feed
The Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Rotary Club will host a spaghetti dinner at the Irish Times in Laurium on Friday, March 8th from 5 – 8 p.m. Proceeds are donated to the CLK Rotary Scholarship Fund for Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell High School students. Ticket price is $8 with children 5 & under free. Tickets are available at the door!

Spectator Areas
Just up the hill from the Swedetown Chalet is a perfect place to view racers. Park along Osceola Road and walk the short distance past the Chalet. There will be several opportunities to view racers as they pass by.

Social Media
The Great Bear Chase can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, just search Great Bear Chase! If you’re sharing photos, information or check-ins to Twitter or Instagram, please use the hashtag #GBC2013. We’d love to hear your stories throughout Great Bear Chase weekend!

Join us for Square Dancing
Finish off your Great Bear Chase race day by joining in some fun square dancing at the Omphale Café on historic 5th Street in Calumet. There will be live music and caller, and everyone’s invited to join in the fun! Dancing starts at 7 p.m.

Wanna try something new? Try the snow bike race!
The Great Bear Chase Snow Bike Race is taking advantage of one of the few areas in the Midwest still snowy enough in March to host an event of this nature. We’re expecting the trails to be hard and fast on Sunday morning. There are two races for this year, a 14k and a 25k. Learn more at greatbearchase.com/snowbike.

Have fun this weekend! If you have any questions throughout the weekend try Tweeting at us (@GreatBearChase), e-mailing us (info@greatbearchase.com) or calling us at (906) 369-2460.

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