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16B Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Running with the Bears Success for athletes, children. The Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K (RWTB) is a success for foster and adopted children raising more than $100,000 this year. Running with the Bears was created and is managed by Mountain Circle Family Services, a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency. Running with the Bears in 2018 raised $102,000 for Mountain Circle's foster care programs such as the PowderQuest leadership adventure program for older foster teens, and for items such as summer camp, school supplies and Christmas gifts. Included in this fundraising amount is $60,000, which was gifted to Mountain Circle via anonymous grants from foundations that RWTB participants are involved with. A total of 530 runners, from ages 7 to 76, competed in the three divisions with some runners leaving as early as 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Aug. 18, wanting to beat the heat. "Managing a Boston Qualifying race in the middle of nowhere is quite a challenge." says Race Director Josie LitcbA]eld. "It's the simple things such as where do 600 people park?" This year, a nearby cow field was donated and Mountain Circle teamed up with Plumas Transit to transport the participants the extra 5 miles to the start line. When Executive Director, Dr. Shauna Rossington started Running with the Bears eight years ago, it was with three goals: To share the beauty of Indian Valley with the rest of the runners of the world, to make Running with the Bears the 'best and smallest Boston Qualifying race in the country, and to bring awareness to foster care, children, and youth and make their dreams come true. These goals mean being creative and dedicated to givir g the runners a sense of value through experiences. That dedication is felt by the runners, several of whom traveled from as far as Kenya, England and China. Jennifer Tobits, who ran the hall marathon with her dog, said "Ellie and I had a blast participating in Running with the Bears! Not sure which she liked better: the aid station with baby goats, the girls' basketball team's spirit and vegan mutYms, or the Zombie theme with fake bones (full disclosure: she tried to eat one of the fake bones). Thank you for letting us both participate -- it means the world to us. We loved meeting the staff and volunteers -- everyone was helpful and kind. We have been training together for my marathons for five years and this is the first time we've been allowed to run together in an official capacity. What a wonderful cause and amazing group of people." Running with the Bears offers themed aid stations every 2 to 4 miles, with each aid station organized by a different community group. They worked hard to earn the vote of the runners in the areas of best spirit, best theme and best food, and were rewarded with $3,000. The winning Aid Stations were Indian Valley Academy for best snack, Greenville High School basketball team for best sprit, and Main Street Girls for Best Theme. The overall winner of the 10K was Jeremy Brown of Folsom, age 40, finishing in 42:50; overall winner of the half marathon was Mark Sidor of San Mateo, age 24, finishing with a time of 1:27:56; and the overall winner of the marathon Was Alex Maina of Lathrop, age 36, with a time of 3:09:46. The most dedicated Runners, dogs and even runners pushing marathon Aug. 18. Photos by Elaine Taddai runners finished the marathon course with a time of 7:56 and received a gold medal for their endurance and commitment. "They earned them." says Litchfield. "We do not close the course and many runners cross the finish line at 2 or 3 pm. We are so inspired by them." The event also brought in over $400,000 to the Plumas County economy; a welcome addition to this rural community. Registration was opened for 2019 on Aug. 17, and is already 55 percent full. To register, visit RunningwiththeBears.Org and mountaincircle.org. strollers travel the back roads of scenic Indian Valley during the Boston Qualifier !, O O O O O sIER Aid stations along the Running with the Bears course offer hydration, snacks and in many cases. visual distraction, to athletes as they make their way along the various marathon routes. A girl and her dog , !.:~:~,~:~ . ~: ~!:~?~ - ~ A girl and her dog spend a leisurely couple.of hours on the dock at Plumas Pines Resort, overlooking Lake Almanor. Photo by Stacy Fisher I (