In the Scenic White Mountain National Forest
Join us this Labor Day weekend for a roaring good time on Waterville Valley’s scenic and historic trails winding through the White Mountain National Forest. We have something for everyone in the family! Challenge yourself in the forested half marathon, cruise along the dirt packed 5K course, or find your own pace in the 1 mile Cub Fun Run. You’ll also find plenty of non-running fun during the races with games, shops, and our sponsors around the town square. All your hard work out there on the trails will go towards supporting the Waterville Valley Elementary School PTA in their mission of fostering student growth and development through exploration and adventure.
***Grafton Kids Run Free***
Children under 18 enrolled in the Grafton School district are welcome to join for the Fun Run free of charge. Show up on race day between 6:30AM and 11PM with their most recent report card or other proof of enrollment to sign up.
The Black Bear Half Marathon starting at $50
Be sure to pace yourself in this 13.1-mile race along Waterville Valley's roads and the oldest maintained trail network in the US. The route will wind along the valley floor and briefly into the hills as you travel in the shadows of the 4,000 foot peaks of Tecumseh, the Osceolas, and the Tripyramids. Primarily on roads and hard packed dirt forest roads, racers will also have a chance to test themselves on shaded dirt single-track trails. All participants recieve a Black Bear event shirt at check-in and a signature Black Bear medal at the finish line.
The Black Bear 5K starting at $25
Challenge yourself and support WVES on this 5K course along the Valley floors forested trails. Runners, joggers, and hikers alike will enjoy the route set primarily on wide dirt double-track with short segments on road and rolling single-track. All participants recieve a Black Bear event shirt at check-in and a signature Black Bear medal at the finish line.
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 be lend your valuable support to students at WVES and leave with a signature Black Bear medal waiting for you at the finish line. Black Bear event shirts can be purchased online or at registration on event day. Students in Grafton County run the Bear Cub Fun Run for FREE! ***Please bring a report card or proof of enrollment on race day for confirmation.
Half Marathon: Start at Town Square > Village Tr > Inner Mad River Tr > Swans Way > Tripoli Rd > Moose Run > Wicked Easy > Tripoli Rd > Livermore Rd > Lower Snows Mtn Tr > Boulder Path > NH 49 > Lower Criterion > Pond Loop > Snow's Brook Tr > Figure Three > Pond Loop > Finish at Town Square
5K: Starting at Town Square > Village Tr> Inner Mad River Tr > Swans Way > Tripoli Rd > Greeley Path > The Connector > Mad River Tr > Village Tr > Finish at Town Square
Fun Run: Start at Town Square > Pond Loop Clock Wise > Finish at Town Square
Aid stations with water will be placed at approximately miles 4, 7, and 10 on the half marathon course, mile 2 on the 5K course, and at the start/finish line. Honey Stinger waffles and gels will be availabe at the mile 7 aid station.
Black Bear Event T-Shirts!
Don't miss out on these sweet as honey threads! T-Shirts are available to purchase at online checkout and also at the event. Half Marathon and 5K participants recieve a complimentary Black Bear T-shirt with their entry.
Prizes for 1st-3rd overall in the Half Marathon, U18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+
Prizes will be announced prior to the event. They will include items from our sponsors and discounts for all-season fun at Waterville Valley Resort!
Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
The Waterville Valley Elementary School will host a carb-loading pasta dinner starting at 5:30pm Friday night to get you energized for race day and learn more about the cause you’re supporting. Please tell us about any dietary restrictions for you and your family at checkout.
Post-Race Awards and Lunch
Stick around after the races to keep the fun going! We will hold an awards party in Town Square at 12:30 after the Cub Fun Run with food from La Hacienda and The Waterville Pizza Company.
Is your family coming along to enjoy the day while you race? They'll find plenty of activities to keep them entertained around Town Square while you're out on course. Consider getting the little ones started on a running kick with the Cub Fun Run! Maybe one day you'll be chasing them in the Black Bear Half!
Where to Stay
Make a weekend out of the this and bring the whole family for a fun filled vacation. Waterville Valley Resort has plenty of great options to stay Friday and Saturday night. Once you sign up, keep an eye out for details about a great lodging deal at the resort!
Race Day Schedule
6:30AM Check-in opens
8AM Black Bear Half Marathon
10:30AM Black Bear 5K
11:30AM Cub Fun Run
12:30PM Awards and post-race banquet