25th annual Polar Bear Run expecting near 2,000 runners
by Adam Carrington
January 21, 2013 11:36 PM | 4352 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The folks running the 25th annual Polar Bear Run on Saturday at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church insists that the race is taking place — rain, sleet or snow. Gusty winds probably won’t stop it either.

But race coordinator Gary Jenkins says the weather channel is calling for clear and sunny when the 5K race gets under way at 8:30 a.m. But the Weather Channel is calling for only a high of 41.

“Everyone seems to have a ball,” Jenkins said of the estimated 2,000 runners that sign up every year. “You get to be inside for all the pre-race and post-race stuff where they can stay warm. It’s a lot of fun for the families.”

Last minute on-site registration will take place Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

However, the race prefers to keep the number of runners around the 2,000 mark.

Awards will be provided to the overall male and female winner, the masters male and female winner and the top three male and female in each age category.

Race packets and race numbers can also be picked up at the same time. Both 5K and 2K Fun Run, which begins at 8 a.m. are $30. The Cub Run and Cub Dash for ages 2-5, which will be held inside the church at 9:15 a.m., are $20.

The Polar Bear Run is one of Cobb County’s three most popular races alongside the hilly U.S. 10K Classic on Cobb Parkway and the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot held at Marietta Square.

The Polar Bear Run is also a fast course with hardily any hills. It starts at the front of the church on Johnson’s Ferry Road and winds through Lower Roswell Road and Woodlawn before finishing at the back of the church.

Two-time Polar Bear winner and Marietta resident Malcolm Campbell could be back to defend last year’s win, but has yet to register, according to Jenkins. Campbell, 42, won last year’s race in 15 minutes, 11 seconds.

Jill Horst of Rome may return in attempt to win her fourth straight women’s title. Other past local winners who could be in the pack are Donna Garcia and Michael Strickland.

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