PHOTOS: 2014 awards and hats!

The 2014 Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon is less than two weeks out, and today we’re excited to show you a couple things most racers are hoping to come home with: Your courtesy hat for participating in the race, and our locally themed handmade awards that will go out to top finishers in all age brackets and races!

This is the 2014 Great Bear Chase hat! Impact Custom Graphics, one of our race partners, made this. The hat is embroidered with our bear paw on one side, and “Great Bear Chase” on the other. You’ll love wearing it out and about, but it’s more than just that. It’s a great hat to train in, and something we hope to see a lot of out on the course next Saturday!

Next up are our custom-made awards. Check these handsome items out.

First up is our wooden skis for top finishers in the classic races. These are the same awards we highlighted last year here at, read about the process behind them.



New this year are awards made with copper plates. These awards are stunning in person, and were created by the good folks at Keweenaw Gem & Gift in Houghton, which uses the tag line “Unique and Beautiful Treasures.” No doubt about that after looking at these impressive pieces.



Good luck to all the racers as they look to bring home some of these beautiful pieces of hardware this year!

Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon