2018-07-26 / Sports

Glen Arbor Women’s Club hosts annual Running Bear


ALLIE BONZELET and Max Guilbeau, from left, work at the Running Bear Run on Tuesday morning to thank the Glen Arbor Women’s Club for the scholarships. Photo: Don Miller ALLIE BONZELET and Max Guilbeau, from left, work at the Running Bear Run on Tuesday morning to thank the Glen Arbor Women’s Club for the scholarships. Photo: Don Miller Rise and shine.

Glen Arbor did shine Tuesday morning as it filled with runners from across the county and the Midwest.

Also present was the Running Bear, who delighted the crowd and the army of volunteers needed to put on the run, which serves as the main fundraiser for the Glen Arbor Women’s Club.

“It takes a lot of people to run this event,” Lynn Becker said. “We’ve got so many people that are out here helping us, and it’s a really collaborative event.”

The race attracted 604 registered runners, and raised about $12,500 — nearly as much as in 2017.

The 5K continues to grow each year, bringing in more families.

“It’s a fantastic event,” volunteer Elaine Pentilla said. “People have been coming back for all 12 years of the run and all ages enjoy it. I was able to talk to a couple about returning each year since the start of this event, and they enjoy it more and more each year.”


AUBREY DUHAIME, 14, of Perrysburg, Ohio shows her gear from Cherry Republic after finishing first in the women’s division of the Running Bear Run. Photo: Don Miller AUBREY DUHAIME, 14, of Perrysburg, Ohio shows her gear from Cherry Republic after finishing first in the women’s division of the Running Bear Run. Photo: Don Miller There was an early registration period that was often utilized.

“We had 200 sign up for early registration which is a big number,” Becker said. “It’s our favorite day of the year.”

With the amount of people competing in the event, a lot of volunteers will be needed. According to Lynn Becker, the Glen Arbor Women’s Club comes together to put this event on, and they bring all types of things for the run.

“It takes a lot of coordination to run this kind of an event,” Pentilla said. “You have a chance to meet a lot of people at this run and make some new memories.”


MATTHEW YACOUB of Northville, is all smiles after crossing the line first overall in the Running Bear Run on Tuesday morning. Photo: Don Miller MATTHEW YACOUB of Northville, is all smiles after crossing the line first overall in the Running Bear Run on Tuesday morning. Photo: Don Miller All proceeds go to scholarships for Glen Lake Community Schools seniors.

Max Guilbeau, a scholarship recipient, helped out at the run and attended a dinner to discuss his future plans.

“It was an honor to receive the scholarship,” Guilbeau said. “Part of the scholarship is helping out the run next year, and it was fun to be there and help any way I could.”

Denny Becker said the run has raised over $110,000 overall in it’s 12 years.

“Student debt can pile up, so it’s great that we can help the students,” Carole Becker said. “It’s a great feeling to help out these wonderful students.”

Much support is provided by Cherry Republic, which has been on board since the first race. Cherry Republic workers participate as runners and volunteer as well.

“Cherry Republic has given so much to help this race,” Denny Becker said. “They give out the prizes, and the community is really behind one another.”

Club members, though, clearly represent the backbone for the event.

“All the women in the Women’s Club bring food, volunteer for a job and help make sure we are all set up for the race,” she said.

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