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Race Date: Saturday, February 24, 2024
Race Location: Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay, 430 S Alabama St
Indianapolis, Indiana

Event Schedule 

Friday - Packet Pickup and Registration

4:00 - 6:30 PM Location: Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay


Saturday - Race Day!

7:00 - 8:45 AM Packet pickup and race day registration
Race day pickup is located just inside the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay building adjacent to the start/finish area. Please allow extra time for race morning pickup and/or registration.



8:30 AM 5K start


9:15 AM 10K start


10:00 AM Post-race party


10:30 AM Cash awards for overall winners given at the post-race party. If you believe you won an age-group award, please visit the Results Tent located near the finish line.


Start and Finish: All races start and finish on South Street, in front of the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay and The Alexander Hotel


Awards: You bet we have awards! Check the awards page


Running The Bear? Here's what you need to know:

  • You must be able to complete the 5K within 45 minutes

  • Once you complete the 5K, wait for the official start of the 10K race. 

  • You'll get one medal after you finish both events. Don't take a medal at the end of the 5K. It'll just slow you down.

  • Please choose "The Bear" category at registration instead of registering for the 5K and 10K separately. This way, you'll be scored properly and save money.

Course Information: Visit the maps page for maps of both courses. Polar Bear utilizes typical city streets in and around downtown Indianapolis. The course will be well-marked and supported by volunteers and local public safety.


Weather Policy: 

Polar Bears love snow! This race is a "rain or shine" event. Participants are encouraged to use common sense, adjusting for the conditions.


That said, we want to have a safe event for both our participants and volunteers. If conditions warrant, a delay or cancellation may be necessary. In the unfortunate event of a cancellation, refunds will not be issued.

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