The 27th annual Polar Bear Run is scheduled for Saturday, January 31, 2015. The Polar Bear Run is sponsored by and held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb. The Polar Bear Run benefits high school music students who participate in Johnson Ferry Baptist Church’s Student Music mission trips/choir tours.
The winter race began in 1989 and was originally held on the Mercer University campus in Atlanta, benefitting Easter Seals. Johnson Ferry began hosting the Polar Bear Run in 1992, after being approached to take over the race. The first race had 300 participants, and has steadily grown to its current 2,000 participant limit.
Proceeds from the race benefit members of Johnson Ferry High School Student Music who need financial assistance for the annual Mission/Choir Tour. Students rehearse weekly to learn songs, drama skits, and dance routines to use both in local worship and tour opportunities. In past years, students have traveled to New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Poland,
Dallas, and Washington, DC, just to name a few. This race will be one of the most enjoyable January, cold-weather runs you will ever participate in! Not only does it offer runners a fast, flat course, but the fun, food, and great looking long-sleeve technical t-shirt, make this a must run! Only the running is outdoors; the rest of the time, you stay in the warm surroundings of the church’s Activities Center. Times for 2K & 5K will be recorded using finish-line chip timing devices.
Registration fee for the 5K & 2K races are $30; Cub Run (age 2-5 only) is $20; Phantom Runner (Don’t make me sweat! – just send me the shirt) is $30. Race packet pickups are Friday, January 30, 9am – 7pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 105; and, Saturday, January 31, beginning at 6:30am in the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church’s Activities Center. For more information, visit polarbear-run.com.