Bear Run 2022

5K & 3K Fun Run & Walk

Join Bear Creek Nature Center for our 8th Annual Bear Run–a family-friendly 5k and 3k fun run & walk! All new runners get a bear suit to keep and wear during the run. Returning runners can dust off their bear suit from previous Bear Runs and register at a discounted rate.

NEW: Register your dog to run and compete in a dog costume contest!

2002 Creek Crossing Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Two people in bear costumes dancing

All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers group, which in turn funds the educational programs and nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers. No refunds given for cancellations unless the event is cancelled by the nature center.

Event details and schedule

November 5, 2022
9:00 a.m. Bear Yoga
– Join our Sponsors from Peaceful Warriors to stretch those bear limbs before hitting the trail!

9:40 a.m. Costume Contest– Embellish your bear suit for a chance to win prizes!

10:00 a.m.– Run begins!

The run will take place on the beautiful trails of Bear Creek Regional Park. The course contains some uphill and downhill sections.

Costume Contest

Embellish your suit to win prizes by entering in the costume contest. Judging of the Costume Contest will be based on enthusiasm of the audience (how loudly they cheer for each contestant!). Costume Contest winners will be announced prior to start of race. Prizes can be picked up immediately following the race.

Categories and prizes:

Best Child Costume- Free Bear Creek Nature Center Birthday Party
Best Adult Costume- 2-Hour Bear Den Room Rental at Bear Creek Nature Center
Best Group Costume- $100 voucher for pavilion rental in any County Park
Best Canine Costume- A basket of items that will make tails wag

Cost to Register:

New Adult Runner: $65*

New Child Runner: $35*

Returning Adult Runner: $20

Returning Child Runner: $20

Dog: $5

*Includes bear suit to keep!

Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners!