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Registration for the 2021 Great Bear Chase is open

If you have questions during any part of the registration process, please contact us.

We have added a 2021 virtual event. There is no registration fee for the virtual event, although there is an opportunity to make a donation to support the Swedetown trails. See the details here.

Please note that there are changes for the 2021 race, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We have reduced most entry fees by $5 for 2021.
  • When registering, skiers will choose a corral with a specific start time.
  • Should the Great Bear Chase be cancelled due to COVID-19, skiers can choose to apply their registration fee to the 2022 race.
  • 2021 registration will close March 8 at 11:50 p.m.
  • Race changes will not be accepted after March 8 at 11:59 p.m.
  • We will not have a pasty lunch in the school gym this year, but the organizing committee is working on details to still have pasties for all skiers. 
  • The number of racers is capped at 550. This could change based on state of Michigan requirements and/or organizer discretion.
  • Spectators will no be allowed in the start/finish are or at the Swedetown Chalet. 

Registration Deadlines

  1. Online registration closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 8, 2021.
  2. There is no registration the day prior to the race, as there has been in the past, and there continues to be no race day registration.

Fees for those 23 and under

Anyone age 23 and under pays $40 for any race during any registration period. Note that the youth fee for the 10km is $30 through December 31.

Entry Fees

We have reduced most entry fees for the 2021 year.

Entry Fees

10 km

25 km

50 km

50km
Skiathlon

Age 23-and-under
(all distances)

by December 31, 2020

 $30

 $60

 $60

 $60

$40
($30 for 10k)

by February 1, 2021

 $40

 $65

 $65

 $65

$40

through March 1, 2021

 $40

 $75

 $75

 $75

$40

through March 8 (online reg closes
at 11:59 pm March 8, 2021)

 $45

 $90

 $90

 $90

$40

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race Changes

No refund or charge to change races. Race changes will not be accepted after March 8 at 11:59 p.m. Race changes can be made by emailing info@greatbearchase.com.

Refunds

Entry fees are non-refundable for any reason. NOTE FOR 2021. Should the Great Bear Chase be cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all registrants will have the option to transfer their registration to the 2022 race.

Cloth Bibs

The Great Bear Chase provides racers with high-quality cloth bibs.

Age Group Awards

NOTE: Age groups have changed for 2021, given the smaller event size. This could change again, should we need to further limit the event size, based on state law or organizing committee discretion.

50km Skiathlon

  • Male and Female age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • There will be no cash awards for the skiathlon this year.

50km Freestyle

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

50km Classic

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

25km Freestyle

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

25km Classic

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

10km Freestyle

  • Age Divisions (both genders): 12-and-under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+

10km Classic

  • Age Divisions (both genders): 18-and-under, 19-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+

What do I get?

  • A beautifully machine-groomed race course through the Copper Country’s backwoods.
  • Door prizes will continue, including a set of skis donated by Salomon – an $800 retail value.
  • Trails clearly marked every 2 kilometers throughout each course.
  • NOTE FOR 2021: We will offer one aid station with hydration options only. Racers should plan to be self-supporting for hydration and energy snacks during race. There will be hydration offered at 14K and 40K, where racers can refill their own bottles.
  • No road crossings!
  • NOTE: SHOWERS AND LOCKER ROOMS NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021
  • NOTE: We are planning a drive-up, take-out pasty lunch.
  • NOTE: AWARDS MAY NOT BE AS USUAL DURING 2021
  • NOTE: T-SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN 2021. Racers must order during registration

CXC Marathon Series

The Great Bear Chase 50K Skiathlon is part of the CXC Marathon Cup. The weekend of racing connects some of the biggest cross country ski events across the region, as the Great Bear Chase is one of seven races in the CXC Marathon Cup series.
 Sanctioned and scored by the Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), the Cup includes races in each of the three main states in the region – two races in Michigan, two in Wisconsin, and three in Minnesota.