GREENVILLE, Calif. October 23nd, 2013— Running with the Bears donates $2,100 to One Fund Boston after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

All proceeds of the 1st and 2nd annual Running with the Bears Marathon, ½ Marathon and 10K in Greenville, CA went to Mountain Circle Family Services’ youth programs including an annual leadership ski trip for foster teens. However, in 2013 the Agency decided to make a donation to One Fund Boston benefiting the victims of the April bombing.

“A lot of the Running with the Bears participants run to qualify for the Boston Marathon so the bombing hit close to home for us even though we are so far away. A couple of our runners were actually there that day but none were injured” said Shauna Rossington, Mountain Circle Executive Director.

Mountain Circle is a non-profit community based organization, committed to ensuring stability and life sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children. This year, Mountain Circle welcomed 62 ‘Running with the Bears Charity Runners’ who fund-raised $21,000 for children and families served by Mountain Circle. From the money raised, 10 percent ($2,100) was donated to One Fund Boston.

According to onefundboston.org, One Fund Boston raised more than $60 million for the victims and families of the bombing so far.

“To my knowledge, we are the smallest qualifying race for the Boston Marathon located in a town of a thousand people. This contribution may be just a drop in the bucket, but we know that every single penny makes a difference” said Josie Litchfield, Running with the Bears Race Director.

The highly-anticipated race featured in ‘Competitor’ and ‘Marathon and Beyond’ magazine is located in Plumas County in Northern California. As for you runners: This is a uniquely rural experience; don’t expect any bathroom lines or traffic. What you get are good ol’ fashioned goody bags equipped with bear bells and a home-grown run managed by the very charity it benefits. As you cross the finish line, you’ll be greeted with an ice cold beer from a local brewery and a massage with a view of the whole valley.

The 4th annual Running with the Bears is on August 16th, 2014 and registration closes at 500 participants. To register or learn more please visit; www.runningwiththebears.org or www.mountaincircle.org.

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