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:':' butleun, ReCoru, t-rogressive, r~eporter Wednesday, Aug, 6, 2014 3C - James Wilson Sports Editor sports@plumasnews.com Now entering its fourth year, the Running With the Bears marathon has found its niche. The event, which sold out eight months in advance; has become the biggest draw to Greenville since Gold Digger Days was formed more than 50 years ago. This year's marathon, set for Aug. 16, promises to be as successful as the previous three years'. The combination of a beautiful location, well-organized route and great cause hasmade Running With the Bears a must for many runners. Mountain Circle Family Services, a nonprofit helping foster and adoptive children gain stable lives, started the marathon as a fundraiser for its annual Powder Quest weekend. During the weekend-long retreat, foster youths are taught outdoor leadership skills and have a blast all the while. In addition to the regular 300 runner slots the marathon offers, additional spots are opened for charity division runners. These runners raise or donate at least $300 to gain a spot in the charity division. Running With the Bears offers a full marathon, which begins at 7 a.m.; a half-marathon, which starts at 7:30 a.m.; and a 10-kilometer course, which starts at 8:30 a.m. All courses start and end at the Goss Ranch on 4864 North Arm Road in Greenville. Runners start on their long trek through scenic Indian Valley at last year's Running With the Bears marathon. This year's marathon is set for Aug. i6. The event has grown since its inaugural date four years ago to become one of the main tourist draws to Greenville. Photo by James Wilson Two years ago, the race was certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier. To be a qualifier, runners must finish the marathon within a certain time. This incentive attracts runners from all over the world. Last year, runners from Israel, Australia and Sweden showed up for the event. The Running With the Bears marathon is the second-to-final Boston Marathon qualifier in California this year. The date attracts runners who want more time in the season to improve their times. According to race director Josie Litchfield,Running With the Bears is the smallest Boston qualifier out there. To make everything even better for the runners, different themed aid stations will be set up along the course offering water and snacks. Musicians will be stationed at several points along the course to give runners that extra bit of encouragement. At the end of the race, runners will be treated to an ice-cold beer and a massage. Runners will also be treated to some pretty impressive gift bags. Litchfield told Feather Publishing that Mountain Circle attracted twice the number of sponsors as last year with 60 sponsors. After all the runners finish, the real fun begins. A post-race country-style party will kick offat 5 p:m., with something to do for all ages. The party will include plenty of food, beer from The Brewing Lair, a dance contest and a bounce house. The fun will continue until midnight. TiCkets for the post-race party are available online at runningwiththebears.org, and at Lupines Natural Foods, Greenville's Plumas Bank branch and the Mountain Circle Family Services office Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for 12 - 18; admission is free for those under 12. Mountain Circle is already planning next year's marathon, with a special discount coming available for early birds. The Price of registration for the 2015 marathon will be greatly reduced during the weekend of this year's race. The marathon normally costs $130 to register, but will be reduced to $99 for a limited time. In addition, next year's race will increase the number of spots open from 300 to 400. For more information on the marathon, visit runningwiththebears.org or email LRchfield at jlitchfield@mountaincircle.org. Softball champions The Central Plumas Recreation and Park District men's and women's adult slow-pitch softball leagues finished their seasons last week with the Young Guns (right) on top for the men's league and Rusty's (bottom) for the women's league. Young Guns, top row from left: Erik Thompson, Kris Kurpjuweit, All MacLean, Josh MacLean, Fred Howell, Donovan Beatty and Justin Barker, Bottom row, from left: Jeremy Barker, Mike Haydon, Casey Hood and Nick Pavlakis. ~hotos submitted Rusty's takes the top spot in the women's league Top row, from left: Emily Brock, Kris Miravalle, Johanna Oliver, Janice Thomas, Mara Tasaki, Amanda Green and Parker Hays. Bottom row, from left: coach Butch Miravalle, Emma Miravalle, Meredith Aragon, Marco Aragon, Katie Brown and Lincoln Brown. in The Mount Lassen but water may cover hikers' Chapter of the California shoes. From Willow Lake Native Plant Society has participants hike 1.5 miles two more North State to Thermal Geyser, in a outings planned for August. thermal area just inside Participants meet at the Lassen Volcanic National Chico park and ride west Park. Semi-improved lot, but residents from other camping is available at areas are welcome to Willow Lake and an arrange alternate meeting improved campground is locations and times To do located at Domingo Springs, so, contact the outing 7 miles from Willow Lake. leader. Call leader Wes at 342-2293 Bring lunch, water, for an alternate meeting site sun/insect protection, in Chester. hiking gear and money for ride sharing. For more Deadfall Lakes on Mt. information visit Eddy, Shasta-Trinity mountlassen.cnps.org. National Forest Sunday, Aug, 31. Meet in Willow Lake, Lassen time to leave at 8 a.m. National Forest, and Participants will drive Terminal Geyser, Lassen Interstate 5 to just past Volcanic National Park Weed and then another 13 Sunday, Aug. 24. Meet in miles on Stewart Springs time to leave at 8 a.m. Road to the trailhead. Participants will drive Walking an easy 2 miles to through Chester to Willow Lower Deadfall Lake at Lake. The last 9 miles is 6,300 feet elevation, leaders over an unimproved dirt expect to see insectivorous road not suitable for pitcher plants, gentians low-center two-wheel-drive and Lewisia. After lunch vehicles Willow Lake, at some may opt to make the 5,500 feet elevation, is a short but strenuous climb body of water called a fen. to Upper Deadfall Lake at Several mats of floating 7,100 feet elevation. 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