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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 9A Stacy Fisher Staff Writer The recent Running With The Bears marathon on Saturday, Aug. 15, welcomed nearly 600 runners from around the world, including England and Brazil. RWTB, which benefits Mountain Circle Family Services of Greenville, is also one of the few marathons in the country with no time limit, so runners can choose to go at their own pace. This year, the last person to cross the finish line was Vicky Allen, with a time of 9 hours, 55 minutes. "Not only was it Vicky's 70th birthday," said Race Director Josie Litchfield of Mountain Circle Family Services, "but she is also a previous foster parent." Litchfield said, "It was my total honor to run with her across the fmish line," and also to gift her with a brand new pair of Brooks running shoes for her effort. Over the last seven months, Mountain Circle staff sent out over 7,000 requests for donations, and the huge number of race-day goody bags reflected the generosity of the wider community. "That goodie-bags that were handed out at the race was off the hook," said participant Royce Borunda. Rose Kelley, another race participant said, "This is actually the first run I've ever done that had a swag bag. Awesome." Shauna Rossington, executive director of Mountain Circle, said, "We may be small, but we are mighty. We want to extend a giant thank you to all of the volunteers who made this year's Running With The Bears event such an incredible success." She said that welcoming several hundred people into town -- and onto the roads -- required some patience, "and participants told us over and over again that they were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness they felt; from the aid station volunteers, to parking attendants, to all the other people who volunteered their time, we could not have done it without them." It is the incredible support of the Indian Valley residents, Rossington said, that make runners want to return year after year. "It's hard to believe we're already 50 percent sold out for 2016." Race participant Marc Bain said, "My husband and kids all raced together and we all had terrific finishing times. We love racing and exploring new destinations together." Bain said her husband Jason has placed the Running With the Bears marathon on his "best of" list. "It's a terrific small race for a great cause," she said excitedly. "We've had a terrific trip and we're all looking forward to coming back someday." She remarked that they've now added to their medal collection from races in Santa Barbara, Big Sur, NIKE Women's Marathon in 2013, Run the Bluegrass marathon in Lexington, Kentucky, and now the Running With The Bears. Runner Katie Van Doren said she was thrilled to return this year to race again in the marathon. "Last year I was a charity runner and it was my first marathon," Van Doren recounted. "It was so important for me to run. I pushed through severe knee pain, but finished and immediately signed up for next year's race. I'm so excited to come back to experience this amazing event." She said the race held a special place in her heart because she used to work with foster children and families, which was a huge Nearly 600 runners from around the world, including England, Brazil, and Mexico, race to the finish line in the Running with the Bears marathon, Aug. 15, in Greenville. Photo by Elaine Taddei The'Grrrrrrrreater Sacramento Crazies" raise funds for Mountain Circle Family Services. Photo by John Walker part of her life for many years. "My roots are planted in Greenville," Van Doren said, "because my mother grew up in this tiny town and she wanted to make sure that I knew where she came from, and that this place made her who she is today." Van Doren said getting to the race from Mexico, where she lives, was not easy, but three airports later she ffmally arrived and found the area one of the most beautiful Hill," he said. "There were so ' many special things about the races, before, during, and after, that made it such fun -- ' and meaningful. It was also very well thought out to have ' the three races finishing together. Everyone from each race got cheered as they finished!" 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