2022 Polar Bear 7.6 Mile Run:
Much like the Lake itself, the Race has an interesting history. The Race's origin can be traced back to the running boom that swept the country in the seventies. The Woodbury, CT based Tin Man Athletic Club staged the initial running around the frozen lake in 1980. Lead Pack Sports took over organizational efforts and they were followed by the Bethel Bananas Running Club in 1986. From 1987-1991 what had been the area's only winter running race went into hibernation and the race was not held for 5 years. In 1991, Wallie Jahn opened a retail store for runners, Road & Track Sports, and in response to strong interest from the local running community, he resurrected the Race in 1992 with the help of the Lake Waramaug Country Club. After Jahn fell ill, Dave Dunleavy stepped up to help manage the Race in 2012. A long time Kent resident and running enthusiast, Dunleavy continued to build on the tradition that has made the Polar Bear Run a favorite of area runners. In 2018, Dunleavy handed off the race organizing responsibilities to Stephanie and Ed Raftery, co-founders of TrailHeads, a Kent, CT based online retailer of gloves, hats, headbands and related accessories for running and outdoor enthusiasts. 2018 also marked the start of a partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind as the event's charitable beneficiary.
The 7.6 mile loop of Lake Waramaug has become an annual winter tradition for hundreds of area runners. The scenic course travels counterclockwise along the shoreline of the glacial lake while passing through Washington, Warren and Kent. The route is primarily flat with a few gentle rolling hills.
From the South:
- Head north on Route 202, take a left onto Route 45. Go left at the stop sign onto West Shore Road. Registration takes place at the Lake Waramaug Country Club Tennis House next to the courts.
From the North:
- Head south on Route 202, take a right onto Route 45 and follow same directions as above.
2022 Results at: iresultslive.com
The current record holders for the Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run are:
Men's Record Holder: Elijah Kitur / 38:07 (1998)
Women's Record Holder: Anne Hird / 43:34 (1983)
2021 Results: not available ???
2020 Results at: athlinks.com or iresultslive.com
2019 Results at: iresultslive.com
2018 Results at: iresultslive.com 315 Finishers
2017 Results at: greystoneracing.net
2016 Results at: greystoneracing.net
2015 Results at: greystoneracing.net
2014 Results at: greystoneracing.net
2013 Results at: greystoneracing.net
2012 Results at: greystoneracing.net
2011 Results at TriFind.com: Overall / Age Group
2010 Results at: athlinks.com
2009 Results at: athlinks.com
2008 Results at: athlinks.com
2007 Results at: athlinks.com
2006 Results at: athlinks.com
2005 Results at TriFind.com: Overall / Age Group
2004 Results at: resultsafe.com
2003 Results at: plattsys.com
2002 Results at: plattsys.com or athlinks.com
2001 Results at: plattsys.com
2000 Results at: plattsys.com
1999 Results at: plattsys.com
1998 Results at: plattsys.com or athlinks.com
1997 Results: not available ???
1996 Results: not available ???
1995 Results at: plattsys.com
1994 Results at: TriFind.com
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