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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


Overall award cash prizes and age group awards will be available inside the YMCA in the same area as packet pickup. Age group awards will NOT be mailed. Stop by the results table before you leave to see if you won an award. 

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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