Event Partners

UP Health System - 500 Campus Drive; Hancock, Michigan | 906-483-1000 | Website

UP Health System – Portage supports a multi-specialty group of over 40 physicians, over a dozen allied health professionals and has been serving the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan since 1896. The main campus is a 36-bed hospital, a verified chest pain center through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) and possesses the area’s only Open Bore MRI. UP Health System – Portage was home to the first Level III ACS (American College of Surgeons)-verified trauma center and emergency department in the state.Other services include a dedicated physician for hospital stays, cardiopulmonary, arthroscopic surgery, emergency orthopedics, sports medicine, x-ray & diagnostics, certified sleep disorder center, Express Care walk-in clinic, regional dialysis unit, pharmacy, 64-slice CT scanner, nuclear imaging, digital mammography, radiological and laboratory services, rehab, home care and hospice, and a 60-bed senior living community.

Superior Partners

Titled Race Sponsors

Edward Jones
901 W Sharon Ave, Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-8680
Super 8
1200 E Lakeshore Dr, Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-2240
Keweenaw Brewing Company
408 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-5596

Supporting Partners

Available! E-mail us, if you’re interested in supporting our race!

Trailbuilder Partners

Available! E-mail us, if you’re interested in supporting our race!

Thank you to our door prize sponsors: Chickadees, Cross Country Sports, Cyberia Cafe, Country Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Salomon, Tadych’s Econo Foods.

The Great Bear Chase is the main fundraising event for the Copper Island Cross Country Ski Club, which maintains Swedetown Trails. Your support helps keep these trails active, clean and available for future generations of skiers. Learn more about the Swedetown Trails here, and e-mail us,, if you’re interested in supporting the race and trails.

Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon