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Runners to dress as bears in 3-K 'theme' race to benefit Bear Creek Nature Center Nov. 14

      
Bear Creek Nature Center supporters model the bear suits that will be issued to all racers in the Bear Creek Run Saturday, Nov. 14.
Courtesy of Bear Creek Nature Center
If the one thing in life you feel you've missed out on is running a 3-kilometer race in a bear suit, your chance has come.
       Such an outfit - to be provided by race organizers - is mandatory for all entrants in the “Bear Run” Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. on trails around the Bear Creek Nature Center at 245 Bear Creek Road.
       A fundraiser for the center, the event's participation fees are $60 for adults and $30 for children. There's a price caveat, however, if an adult can fit into the child suit, explained Jamie Bequette, the Bear Creek Nature Center supervisor. Also, anyone 7 and older can enter, but 13 and younger need to be with an adult.
       “With registration you'll receive a bear costume for the run and is yours to keep (good for your next costume party and Halloween)!” the Bear Run website states. “Participants will also receive a program voucher good for one free program at Bear Creek or Fountain Creek Nature Center.”
       According to Bequette, entries will be limited to “around 200.” She pointed out that the suit “does not cover the face. The material is like a lightweight sweatsuit.” There's even a video showing people running in the suits at adm.elpasoco.com/CommunityServices/RecandCulturalSvc/Pages/BearCreeksBe arRun.aspx.
       Bequette said the idea came up as a result of brainstorming for a new fundraiser for the county-owned facility in Bear Creek Park that focuses on locally geared nature education and activities.
       “Theme runs have become popular,” she said, mentioning the region's “Where's Waldo” race where people wear white/red striped shirts and another at the Denver Zoo where people run in gorilla suits. “So we thought we could do it here as bears. We found the bear suit on line and decided to give it a try.”
       For those who want to embellish their suits, a costume contest will be offered afterward, she said.
       The Nature Center website states that the race route will go “alongside a mountain stream and through golden meadows. There are two hills, one uphill and one downhill, in the course.”
       For more information, call the Nature Center at 520-6387. To sign up online, go to active.com/colorado-springs-co/running/trail-run-races/bear-creek-s-bear-run- 3k-trail-fun-run-and-walk-2015.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 11/4/15; Outdoors: Bear Creek Nature Center)

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