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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 1(: AND ,G T.E ACT o. AROUND P UM S COU. : : 1 iii James Wilson to qualify. Sports Reporter Many more raced solely to support Mountain Circle. The , youngest racer to run was 4- Despite hazy smoke and year-old Nikolas Douglass ominous clouds lJglilowing who gained sponsors before out thunder rain, run-the event and raised $375 for ners from all around cameMountain Circle. out for the Running with the Jerry Douglass and Steve Bears Marathon in Janowski from Reno adopted Greenville Saturday, Aug. 18. Douglass just two months The event was thrown by ago. Jerry and Janowski Mountain Circle Family Ser- adopted Nikolas and his two vices, Inc. Mountain Circle is brothers, Joshua and Dillon. a private nonprofit organiza- "We just wanted to raise tion that works on develop- awareness for foster kids ing healthy family relations who need forever families to for foster children, adopt them," said Jerry, who This was Mountain Cir- ran with Nikolas in the 10K. cle's second year hosting the What set the Running marathon, but this year's with the Bears Marathon event was much larger and apart from many other races more grandiose than last was the amount of detail that year's, went in to assuring everyone Last year boasted around had a good time. In many 50 runners while this year ways, the atmosphere of the had 306 participating. Fifty- event could be likened more three ran the full marathon, to a festival than a race. 146 ran the half marathon There were more activities to and 105 ran the 10K. Nearly be done than could be done in 30 percent more initially reg- one day. istered, but dropped out due Before the runners took to fears of the smoke from the off, personal trainer Christy Chips Fire. Schmalz of Greenville led Part of draw for this year's runners and bystanders in event was that the race is reg- some stretching exercises istered as a Boston Marathon that were synched to modern qualifier. Those qualified for pop music. the Boston Marathon are au- There was ample free tomatically qualified to race food and beverages available. in any major marathon in the Runners and spectators U.S. This was the last qualifi- alike devoured bagels, vari- er of the year. Many ous fruits, orange juice and marathon racers eagerly coffee. signed up to have the chance Signs spotted along the course were meant to moti- vate the runners. Several of the signs 'had proclamations of support. Many others had quotes from various great minds throughout history. A good portion of them read in- teresting facts about bears, sticking with the theme of the marathon. Aid stations were avail- able every 2.5 miles of the course. Various groups from Plumas County manned each aid station and each one had a unique theme. At the end of the race, the runners had to vote on best theme, best food and best spirit. The station manned by the Indian Valley Academy and Plumas Charter School won Best Theme with its hobo theme. Best Food went to the Greenville Tribal Belly Dancers and the Genesee Hysterical Society for their cups of watermelon slices. Best Spirit went to Marsyas Complex, a rock band who pumped up the runners as they passed the station. Towards the end of the course, Lauren Guthrie sere- naded the runners with her violin playing. Similarly, Alex Rossington, dressed in a bear coslume, was stationed near the finish line cheering the runners on as they neared the end of the course. There was plenty for the See Bear Run, page 6C Jace Perking, from Reno, enjoys 'the half marathon event at the Running by James Wilson beautiful view of Indian Valley while competing in the with the Bears Marathon last Saturday, Aug. 18. Photos The runners take off amidst thunder and rain. More than 300 runners participated in the event this year. Alex Rossington lets out a growl in her bear costume. Rossington cheered the runners on as they neared the finish line. Shauna Rossington and Josie Litchfield pose with the overall winner of the marathon: Charlie Johnston, of Sparks. Lauren Guthrie keeps this runner's spirit up by playing some classical violin. Different musicians and points of interest kept runners entertained throughout the entire course.