Great Weather Opens Up for 2017 Great Bear Run

Over 1000 runners and walkers from 66 towns from age 8 months old to 92 years young gathered for the 2017 Great Bear Run.

Dan Vassalo of Peabody repeated his 2016 win in the 5K in 15:24 while Katrina Vassal won for the women in 19:07.

11-year-old Zander Laidlaw of Needham won the 1 Mile in 5:57 with Emily McCann of Needham tops for the women in 6:40

92-year-old Sylvia Feiner of Scarsdale finished her first Great Bear Run 5K in 1:45.01!

Karen Lein took time to runner 24th Great Bear Run before her wedding shower later that day. She holds 11 race records. Results More Photos
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About The 2017 Great Bear Run - Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's a major running event in the west suburbs of Boston. It's truly multi-generational.. It has many unique traditions. It is The Great Bear Run, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Pollard School, 200 Harris Avenue, Needham MA 02492. Events include 5K Run, 1 Mile Run, 1 Mile Prostate Cancer Walk / Run, and many kids races.

--- All Proceeds from the run go to benefit Prostate Cancer Research---

Register here Event Schedule Directions Results GBR Records Photos View the Course

Age Groups

5K: 0-9, 10, 11. 12. 13. 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
1M: 0-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
400: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
200: 6
100: 4-5
Bearation (26.2 yards) - 0-3

Early Runner Number Pickup

10 am - 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 20

Pollard School Parking Lot, 200 Harris Ave, Needham MA

Pick up your T-shirts and runner numbers

**NOTE -- you can always pick these up on race day.
  • Trophies to ALL age group 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places!!!
  • Full color cotton T-shirts to first 930 registrants!!!
  • Medals to all other runners
  • Teddy bears to ALL kids
  • Refreshments
  • Live Entertainment: Magic, Face Painting, Crafts, the Great Bear
  • Special: Josh Shpak Jazz Band
  • $100 to 5K winners
  • $300 to 1st runner breaking 14:45 in 5K
  • Large trophies to 1 Mile Run children age group winners
  • More information: Contact us.

High Summer Temperatures Greet 2015 Great Bear Run !!!

Runners turned out in strength for our 25th Great Bear Run with runners from 73 towns as far away as Switzerland and from 11 months old to 83 years young in age.

37-year-old Michael Chettle of Easton captured the 5K in 17:21. Julie Hannon of Needham was tops for the gals in 20:02. 14-year-old Zane Reservitz of Easton (19:47) and 13-year-old Bailey Cohen of Natick (22:03) torched the road for the kids.

Abdi Ibraham of Boston won the 1 Mile in 4:57 to complement his 2nd overall in the 5K. Whiz kid 12-year-old James Donahue of Reading claimed 2nd in 5:21 (breaking the 23-year-old record of 5:31 for 12-year-old boys). 9-year-old Mia Barrus of Cranston RI (6:34) won for the girls

Hundreds of youths from the Needham Track Club ran. Results More Photos
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5K Record Falls at Sunny 2014 Great Bear Run !!!

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Results and Many More Photos

Runners turned out in strength for our 24th Great Bear Run with runners from 73 towns as far away as North Carolina and from 10 months old to 82 years young in age.

20-year old Amos Sang of Springfield clocked 14:45 to soundly break the course record to win the 5K. Jessica Rice of Needham was tops for the gals in 18:00, recording the 3rd best time in GBR history. 15-year-old Kevin Quinn of Needham (19:39) and 10-year-old Carmel Fitzgibbon of Weston (21:41) torched the road for the kids.

17-year-old Justin Skelly of Needham won the 1 Mile Run in 5:37. 11-year-old Morgan Nault of Manchester won for the girls in 6:17.

Two youth teams came out in strength -- the Needham Track Club and the Haverhill Elites.

Photos by Jack Prior of NewtonSportsPhotography.com
Other Photos on website by Cynthia Hrones
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2013 Great Bear Run Draws 1400 in Great Weather !

Results and Many More Photos

Runners turned out in strength for our 23rd Great Bear Run with runners from 87 towns as far away as Las Vegas and from 6 months old to 81 years young in age.

46-year old Peter Hammer of Needham clocked 16:18.7 to win the 5K. Jessica Rice of Needham was tops for the gals in 18:09.7, recording the 3rd best time in GBR history. 11-year-old Jeremy Darisse of Haverhill (20:13.0) and 12-year-old Jasmine Tiamfook of Wellesley (21:52.4) torched the road for the kids.

Alex Eid of Needham captured the 1 mile run in 5:31.9 with local 16-year-old Justin Skelly in hot pursuit at 5:35.5. 11-year-old Cecelia Burke of Haverhill won for the girls (6:29.9). Peter Crapsey of Haverhill was a triple youth age group winner in the 5K, 1M, and 400.

Two youth teams came out in strength -- the Striders Running Club from Natick and the Haverhill Elites.

Photos by Jack Prior of NewtonSportsPhotography.com and Photos by Arturo Gossage
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Results and Many More Photos

2012 Great Bear Run Draws 1000

Runners increased by 20% for our annual Great Bear Run with runners from 83 communities around New England and from 2 months old to 84 years young in age.

In the 5K, 20-year old Mike Jones of Cambridge clocked 15:43 among a star-studded field that include 5 former winners of the race. Diana Bowser of Needham was tops for the gals in 19:48. 14-year-old MIchael Toolin of North Kingston RI (19:00) and 10-year-old brother, Sam (19:32 - GBR record) torched the road for the kids.

David Cahill of Dorchester captured the 1 mile run in 5:11 with local 14-year-old phenom John Benner in hot pursuit at 5:19. Jessica Klett of Brookline won for the women in a near record time of 5:31.

Photos by Jack Prior of NewtonSportsPhotography.com and Photos by Arturo Gossage
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Results Photos

Crowds Brave Rain at 2011 Great Bear Run

The strongest turnout in years braved rain to participate in our annual Great Bear Run with runners from as far away as Sweden and from 11 months to 79 years in age.

Matt Carter of Saugus clocked 15:48 as he repeated last year's men's 5K win - his 2-year-old son, Charlie, ran in his 1st Bearathon.
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Dorothy ZIrkle of Brighton captured the women's 5K in 18:42.

Charles Beard repeated multiple men's wins in the 1 Mile Run with 5:27. 13-year-old Valerie Collins of Wellesley scored a women's win in 6:41. Boys winning Bob Ayoub trophies included Sam Thomas, Michael Caron, Jonah Berg, David Muir, Anton Ciccarelli, Peter Crapsey, Jack Cronin, and Jonah Renz. Girls capturing Bob Ayoub trophies were Valerie Collins, Emelyn Chaing, Lexie vonderLuft, Katie Cronin, Lily Segal, Carmel Fitzgibbon, and Anna Barrett.

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Our next generation of fast runners (age 0-3) took to the rear of Pollard School to complete the 26.2 meter course much to the cheers of the accompanying crowds.

Our up and coming 4-14 year olds showed their grit in running in downpouring rain to complete 100 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meter races.

Completing the day were the passionate 3K Prostate Cancer walkers, ever resilient in the rain, marching for our day's cause -- Prostate Cancer awareness and research.