Running with the Bears

Annual Running with the Bears™

Boston Qualifying Marathon & Half Marathon

RACE DATE: To Be Announced

LOCATION:  Chico, California

START TIMES: Marathon TBD  Half Marathon TBD

Event Details

Charity Runners

The Course


Let RWTB be your running goal with a do good mission!

Running with the Bears™ is a unique and amazing running experience. Aid Stations every 4 miles all competing for your vote, and a sweet after party at the finish line while you sip on an ice cold local brews.

No over-crowded starting line or jam packed packet pick up! Running with the Bears is everything a running event should be— an inspirational running event in a beautiful place supporting a profound cause!

Entry fee includes a participation gift bag which features a limited edition tech t-shirt, local goodies from our race partners (at least 20 different vendors), finisher medal for ALL runners, age division (10 yrs. deep) and overall division awards.

The course follows rolling/flat country roads. The event is easily accessible from Reno, Nevada Airport (RNO), Sacramento, California Airport (SMF), and the Bay Area.

Let RWTB be your running goal with a do good mission!

We pride ourselves on making our race fun and a great experience for our participants!

Strollers/Children/Earphones: Please make sure young children are supervised, for safety purposes. If you are unable to find childcare, no need to fear! We have child care on-site, including fun games and activities to keep your kiddos busy. 

Do you need childcare? We offer it!  Contact us today so we can book it!

Join us for the Post-Race Party for our Charity Runenrs who raise a minimum of $700.00. Our Charity Runners are invited to a privately hosted amazing BBQ dinner (vegetarian option available), bar, live band with plenty of space for dancing and enjoying one anothers company.

Running with the Bears™ is proud to be one of the few Boston Qualifiers where 100% of proceeds support children and youth in foster care served by Sierra Nevada Connections!

Running with the Bears™ is managed entirely by Sierra Nevada Connections staff, volunteers, and foster families, and is the largest fundraiser for our organization.


Become a Running with the Bears™ Charity Runner and Make The Difference!

RWTB is a fundraiser for Sierra Nevada Connections, a 501c3 non-profit foster care and adoption agency. We are proud to be one of the few Boston Qualifiers managed entirely by the charity it benefits.

How YOU can make an impact: Every single day, our team serves nearly 100 foster care children, youth, and their caregivers.

  • $50 means that a foster child can attend after school sports or dance lessons
  • $150 buys emergency clothing for a child who comes in with nothing
  • $600 provides an older youth with an outdoor leadership adventure weekend – check out the short video!
  • $1,000 covers the cost for the certification fees for ten foster parent families
  • $2,000 covers costs of 24/7 support by a trained Social Worker to a foster family for an entire year


Our event offers a customized page where you will manage your donations, upload a photo and tell a bit about yourself!

Your customized fundraising page can be shared with all your friends, family and donors so they can track your progress and you can share your moments while training for the event! You can even post your page on your social media!

All your donors have to do is click on the link and they will be directed to your Fundraiser Page! Be sure to ask your employer to match! Many companies have matching programs in place, and this amount will go towards your fundraising goal.

It’s that easy to run and help a child today!


Course Details

When: To Be Announced
Start Times*:
Marathon: TBD
Half Marathon: TBD

*Early times are available upon request.
Walkers: Please talk to us about starting early, contact us at

Average Temperatures: At 6:00 a.m, the average temp is 46 degrees. By 2:00 p.m the temp will average 80-85 degrees,

Race-day Check-in: The finish line is the same as the start line. For all races, please arrive early.

Time Limits: We would never kick you off of the course just for being determined! HOWEVER, we are unable to provide course support after 1:30 p.m. If you are a walker, or if you expect a 7-hour plus marathon, please note that you will be responsible for your own food, drink, and medical support once you reach the finish line, and along the course after 1:30 p.m. Please contact us in advance to arrange an early start. Determined runners/walkers will also miss the awards ceremony, and any of the bells and whistles that are provided during this time frame, which occurs when most runners have returned, usually between 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m.

Marathon: Mostly flat course on pavement. Pass by meandering rivers and creeks, as well as gorgeous fields of almond blossoms.

Half Marathon: Mostly flat, single loop course through the gorgeous almond blossoms of the Chico Region.

Marathon Course Record (Greenville Course)
Overall: Chuck Engle (2013)
2 hours, 46 minutes, 8 seconds

Go the Extra Mile” for Sierra Nevada Connections foster youth and foster families by being one of the special participants who run a bonus extra mile we will have set up on race day. Each participant who manages to cross this bonus finish line, which will be sponsored by a local business, will raise additional funds for our charity. We are still in need of a local business sponsor to support the Go the Extra Mile bonus. If you want to get involved as a business sponsor, please contact us at

We hope everyone will Go the Extra Mile for our organization! 


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If you are driving up race morning, we encourage you to leave early!

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