Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Big Bear Marathon set for September

All permits have been processed, a 26.2 miles course has been mapped out and registration is officially open for the inaugural Big Bear Marathon set for September 6, 2008. The Big Bear Marathon is the highest altitude race in California at 7000.’ Runners will enjoy a scenic course that meanders around Big Bear Lake with quality air conditions.

“We anticipate 5,000 participants for the event,” said HBT Events Director Darrell Courtney. “I admit the high altitude is a bit of a challenge, but runners are in for a treat! The best part about this marathon is runners will have a view of the lake throughout most of the race.”

The Big Bear Marathon is a joint effort between event producers HBT Events and Mountain Multisport. For more than two years promoters Josh Morey of Mountain Multisport and Darrell Courtney of HBT Events were determined to find a new site for an annual marathon race. The two producers combined resources and developed an aggressive analysis campaign with surveys at various sporting events throughout Southern California and Nevada. The purpose was to find out where athletes and spectators wanted to have a race.

“The athletes have spoken!” explained Courtney. “They wanted a race in the mountains, and now it’s time for us to deliver.”

The marathon is the main event. However, other races include a half marathon, a bike tour, a 5K run and a 1K fun run for kids. A special sports expo takes place at Snow Summit Mountain Resort Friday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on race day in Big Bear Village Saturday, September 6 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outdoors expo features live entertainment, event sponsors, sports vendors and local businesses.

The top five finishers for the marathon and half marathon will receive cash and prizes. Medals will be given to the top finishers for the 5K run and the kids 1K fun run. There is an awards ceremony and post race party Saturday evening. The location and fees for the banquet are to be determined.

Registration is now open, and is limited to the first 5,000 sign-ups. Register online at www.active.com or download a printable registration form at www.htbevents.com. There is no registration the day of the event Saturday, September 6. Late registration is available however at the expo Friday, September 5. Fees are, marathon $80; half marathon $45; bike tour $45; 5K run $25 and kids 1K fun run $20. Late registration begins September 2, 2008. A $10 late fee will be assessed after this date, with the exception of the kids 1K fun run.

For more information about Big Bear Marathon visit www.htbevents.com or call 760-948-1890 For special lodging discounts for the event log onto www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.

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