Race Guide

  • We have added a virtual event for 2021.
  • Race changes will not be accepted after March 8 at 11:59 pm.
  • We will not have a pasty lunch in the school gym this year, but pasties will still be available for all in-person racers via a drive-through service at the CLK school.
  • Spectators will not be allowed in the start/finish area or at the Swedetown chalet.

Weekend Schedule

Please note, all times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bib Pickup

Bib pickup at the UP Health System-Portage Fitness Center, 921 W. Sharon Ave., Houghton (race packets can be picked up by others).

Thursday, March 11, 2021

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Bib Pickup

Bib pickup at the UP Health System-Portage Fitness Center, 921 W. Sharon Ave., Houghton (race packets can be picked up by others).

Friday, March 12, 2021

4:15-8 p.m.
Bib Pickup

Drive-through bib pickup at Calumet High School, 57070 Mine Street, Calumet, MI 49913. Race packets can be picked up by others.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

6:30 – 9 a.m.
Bib Pick-Up

Drive-through bib pickup at Calumet High School, 57070 Mine Street, Calumet, MI 49913. Race packets can be picked up by others.

8:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Race Starts

All races will begin and finish near Spruce Street in Calumet (see the map for start/finish and parking)!

Corrals have no more than 25 people starting at once. Each corral will have a gun start. We will have space for three corrals to line up, so we ask that you arrive at the start 13 minutes prior to your start time.

Start times:

  • Corral 1 – 8:00 am – Skiathlon
  • Corral 2 – 8:05 am – Skiathlon
  • Corral 3 – 8:10 am – Skiathlon
  • Corral 4 – 8:20 am – 50 km Classic
  • Corral 6 – 8:35 am – 50 km Freestyle
  • Corral 7 – 8:40 am – 50 km Freestyle
  • Corral 8 – 8:45 am – 50 km Freestyle
  • Corral 9 – 8:50 am – 50 km Freestyle
  • Corral 10 – 8:55 am – 50 km Freestyle
  • Corral 11 – 9:05 am – 25 km Freestyle
  • Corral 12 – 9:10 am – 25 km Freestyle
  • Coral 13 – 9:15 am – 25 km Freestyle
  • Corral 14 – 9:20 am – 25 km Freestyle
  • Corral 14b – 9:25 am – 25 km Freestyle
  • Corral 15 – 9:30 am – 25 km Classic
  • Corral 16 – 9:35 am – 25 km Classic
  • Corral 17 – 9:40 am – 25 km Classic
  • Corral 18 – 9:45 am – 25 km Classic
  • Corral 19 – 9:55 am – 10 km Freestyle
  • Corral 20 – 10:00 am – 10 km Freestyle
  • Corral 20b – 10:05 am – 10km Freestyle
  • Corral 21 – 10:10 am – 10 km Classic
  • Corral 22 – 10:15 am – 10 km Classic

Race Finish: Upon finishing, racers should proceed directly to their cars. There will not be bag drop or warming buses at the finish area. A Finish Line aid station will supply to-go bags for skiers. Spectators are not allowed in the start/finish area. Please plan ahead!

Post Race
Free Pasty Lunch

All in-person racers will receive a to-go lunch, including a pasty and cinnamon roll, via a drive-through service at the Calumet High School.  The school’s locker rooms and showers will not be open for use this year. Please plan ahead!

Post Race
Awards and Door Prizes

Overall and age group awards will be offered, but there will not be an awards ceremony. All awards will be mailed this year, which will allow time for official results to come in. All in-person racers will once again be eligible for door prizes. Updated age groups can be found below under each race category.

Other Information

  • Please, no dogs at the event – to assure the safety of skiers and spectators, no pets are allowed anywhere on the event grounds, including the stadium, the course, spectator areas, and the CLK schools.
  • No spectators in the start/finish or at the Swedetown Chalet
  • Trail markings will be clear, with markers every 2 km.
  • Aid Stations – There will be one aid stations where skiers can refill their bottles with water or energy drink (14km and 40km). Racers should be self-supporting for food; aid stations will not have food this year.
  • 50km minimum age is 17.
  • Safety personnel from UP Health System, Mercy EMS and local First Responders will be on hand and in radio contact with check points.
  • Results are available as the race progresses at www.superiortiming.com
  • Photos – Racers will receive an email when photos are available for free download.

Map – Registration, parking, race start/finish

Race Descriptions / Maps

25 km & 50 km Great Bear Chase Race Course

Download a PDF of the 25/50km course

50 km Skiathlon Race

The 50km Skiathlon features a combined competition of 25 km classic skiing followed by 25 km freestyle skiing. The two lap course is perfect for one lap of striding and one lap of skating.

Fast Facts:

  • Male and Female age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

50 km Freestyle Race

The 50 km freestyle is the most competitive race at the Great Bear Chase. This race features master skiers from all over the Midwest as they come out in one last hurrah for the season! It’s also a popular event for college skiers throughout the region who finish their season in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula.

Fast Facts:

  • Male and Female age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Past Results

50 km Classic Race

Classic skiers want – and deserve – their own 50 km race, and the Great Bear Chase delivers. The 50 km classic skiers two passes through the Great Bear Chase course.

Fast Facts:

  • Male and Female age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Past Results

25 km Freestyle Race

The 25 km freestyle provides an excellent end-of-season goal for serious racers and mainstream recreational skiers alike.

Fast Facts:

  • Male and Female age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Past Results

25 km Classic Race

The 25 km classic race appeals to those who want the traditional experience of a half marathon, as well as those who like to “tour” for a morning. Many master skiers and serious recreational skiers use this as their goal for the season.

Fast Facts:

  • Male and Female age groups: 19-and-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Past Results

10 km Great Bear Chase Race Course

Download a PDF of the 10km course.

10 km Freestyle Race

Come out and experience the Great Bear Chase and Swedetown Trails. This event simplifies the course by cutting out some of the tougher technical downhills, but still gives racers the beauty of Swedetown Trails and The Great Bear Chase, and includes a couple challenging loops.

Fast Facts:

  • Age Divisions: 12-and-under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Past Results

10 km Classic Race

The course is suitable for intermediate skiers and is a great way to take your first step into Nordic ski racing.

Fast Facts:

  • Age Divisions: 18-and-under, 19-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Past Results
Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon