BASS LAKE — One of the year’s most anticipated events, the Smokey Bear Run / Walk will return to the shores of beautiful Bass Lake this fall for its 30th year. Organizers are already planning for a spectacular day, and early-bird registration is available.
The 30th annual Smokey Bear Run / Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, when runners and walkers of all ages will gather at Recreation Point.
This a fundraiser that has healthful benefits not only in the race itself, but in the practice leading up to each year’s event, say organizers. Race day features all types of activities that will fit everyone’s fitness level. There is a 2-mile walk, a 2-mile run, a 10K run (6.2 mi.), and races for kids.
“If you are considering joining us for the upcoming event, we know you will feel the personal gratification that comes from contributing to your community,” say organizers. “That is one of the purposes of our event; the other is your good health.
“We are proud Smokey Bear has lent his name to our race and we will continue to stress fire safety at every event. As representatives of our mountain community, and because we have the benefit of using the good name and outstanding reputation of Smokey Bear, we stay committed to stressing fire safety and awareness.”
For serious runners, this is part of 15 races in the Valley Runner of the Year Series.
The first race of the day is in honor of Clancy Aiden Shea, who passed away in 2014, just two days shy of his 11th birthday.
Clancy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months of age, and lived a full and joyous life as an inspiration to all who knew him. He loved participating in the race and a supportive team rose around him. The Smokey Bear Run/Walk continues to have a special event-wheelchair race in honor of Clancy.
Participants can register online or print out an application and mail to P.O. Box 483, North Fork, CA, 93643. Deadline for mail-in registrations is Sept. 18; for online registrations the deadline is Sept 22. Please make checks payable to Smokey Bear Run. Click here for registration information.
Participants who don’t get their registration completed by the deadline can still participate by showing up on race day between 6:45 — 7:45 a.m. at Recreation Point at Bass Lake. All racers will need to arrive during this time frame to check in.
Everyone is urged to please come early, as Road 222 will close from that morning towards the Forks and Millers. If you must leave the race early please park on the north end; this will allow you a means to exit prior to the road reopening.