The Black Bear Trail Runs are back for another Labor Day weekend full of fun in New Hampshire’s White Mountain hide-away, Waterville Valley. Take your pick of the three trail races around the Valley’s historic forested trails. Entry includes custom race bib, wood-cut medal, and the chance to win great prizes! Add a our custom Black Bear cap and shirt to your signup to rep the valley and hang on to that race day high long after labor day weekend.
All your hard work on the trails will support the Waterville Valley Elementary School PTA in their mission of fostering student growth and development through exploration and adventure. The support from previous participants has made an amazing impact in the school community as the student body tripled in size in 2020! Thank you for all your support, racers!
Kids Run Free!
Waterville Valley Ski Resort is well known for its unique “Kids Ski Free” program. Now introducing, Kids RUN Free! Children under 13 years old may sign up to run in the 1 mile or 5k distances. Kids Run Free participants MUST sign up online or on race day. Parents must register to run with their children.
The Black Bear Half Marathon - starting at $45
You get a finisher’s medal (if you finish), post-race snacks, and the chance to win prizes. Be sure to pace yourself as you race along the 13.1-mile course on the oldest maintained trail network in the US. Starting and finishing in the picturesque Town Square, the route rolls along the valley floor and into the hills as you travel in the shadows of the towering 4,000 foot peaks of Tecumseh, the Osceolas, and the Tripyramids. Three aid stations with water, hydration supplement, and nutrition. Terrain: 85% double-track trail, 13% single-track trail, and 2% road.
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The Black Bear 5k - starting at $25
You get a finisher’s medal (if you finish), post-race snacks, and the chance to win prizes. Challenge yourself and support WVES on this 5k course along the valley floor's forested trails. The course runs along wide dirt double-track and single-track around the valley’s south-end trails with NO ROAD! Terrain: 90% double-track, 10% single-track.
The Bear Cub Fun Run - $10
The whole family, including Grandma and Grandpa, will enjoy the scenic 1-mile Bear Cub Fun Run! Whether you take in the Valley's grand views at a walk or make a mad dash for the finish line, you'll lend your valuable support to students at WVES and take home a signature Black Bear medal waiting for you at the finish line. If parents want to run with their children, they must also be registered. Terrain: 100% double-track trail.
Click here to see last year's results.
The races will be digitally timed and results posted soon after the race.
Raffle for EVERYONE!
Stick around after the race to be entered into a free-for-all prize raffle. The raffle will include some great goodies from a range of vendors including Waterville Valley Resort, Sport Thoma, local restaurants, The Dam Brewhouse, and other local races!
PLEASE BRING A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU! We want to cut down on waste as much as possible! Aid stations will have water, a hydration supplement, and nutrition. The half marathon will have 3 aid stations distributed around the course and the 5k will have 1. Locations of the aid stations will be detailed in the course map once it is released. An aid station will also be present at the finish line.
Black Bear Shirts and Caps - Limited inventory!
Don't miss out on these good looking threads! Represent our favorite mountains whether you’re on trail or off. Purchases will be available at check-in. Caps are adjustable one-size-fits all. Shirts available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Prizes and Age Groups
1st overall female and male, half and 5k: Handmade awards, gift card to Runner's Alley, and a pair of Altra shoes!
2nd, 3rd overall female and male, half: gift card from Runner's Alley
1st age group female and male, half (not 5k): gift card from Runner's Alley
Age groups: U19, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Our prize sponsors will be announced prior to the race. Expect goodies like free growler fills at The Dam Brew House, gift cards for local gear shops, discounts at local running stores, entries to upcoming races, and much more! Prizes and results will be available at the timing tent shortly after you finish.
This is a USATF sanctioned event. It's organizers participate in the Safe Sport initiative and abibe by USATF regulations.
>30 days beofre race day: Full refund.
<30 days before race day: $35 fee, credit ($35) for next years event, OR all race gear sent to you.
<15 days before race day: No refund, race gear and any purchases can be sent to you.
Race Day Schedule
7:30AM Check-in opens
9:00AM Black Bear Half Marathon
10:00AM Black Bear 5k
11:00AM 1 mile Bear Cub Fun Run
All details are subject to change. Participants will be notified of any changes.