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home page imageFebruary 17, 2018

Join us for one of the oldest races in Indianapolis: the 36th Annual Polar Bear Presented by Franciscan CityWay! This year, this historic race is strategically placed on the calendar on the third Saturday in February (February 17, 2018) to help you gauge how your spring training is progressing.  The race will once again offer a 5M, 5K or "The Bear."  

The Bear is the challenge that allows you to run both events, one after the other, for a total of 8.1 miles.  Cash prizes and age group awards for all three distances!

ALL FINISHERS of the 5K, 5-Mile and Bear will receive the specially-designed 2018 Polar Bear medal!

Pre-Race Announcements

BIB NUMBERS will be emailed during race week. A photo ID will be required to receive your bib. A copy of the race confirmation is required to pick up for others. To have your confirmation re-sent, click here.

PACKET PICKUP will take place inside the CityWay YMCA on Friday, February 16 from 4-6:30pm and Saturday, February 17 from 7-9:10am. 

ONSITE REGISTRATION will be available on Friday and Saturday during packet pickup hours. Please allow extra time to register on Saturday morning.

Please do not park in the YMCA parking lot on Friday or Saturday. Street parking is recommended for Friday pick-up. For race day, preferred parking is available at Lilly in lots 43, 48 and 98. Additional parking is available at the Alexander Hotel and on the street. Download a parking map.

Following the race, join us at Metazoa Brewing Company for the post-race celebration and overall awards presentation beginning at 10:30am. NOTE: You must be at least 21 years of age and present valid ID to enter Metazoa.


  • 7:00 AM – Packet Pickup Opens
  • 8:15 AM – 5K and The Bear Runners in the corrals
  • 8:30 AM – Start of the 5K and The Bear
  • 9:10 AM – 5 Mile and The Bear Runners in the corrals
  • 9:15 AM – Start of the 5 Mile and The Bear
  • 9:15 AM – 5K Age Group awards begin at the End Result Timing Tent
  • 10: 15 AM – 5 Mile and The Bear Age Group Awards begin at the End Result Timing Tent
  • 10:30 AM – post party at Metazoa begins
  • 10:45 AM – Cash Award presentations for the 5K, 5 Mile and The Bear AT METAZOA Brewing

The Carmel Marathon and Fun-Races will be on-site offering discounts. Keystone Chiropractic will also be on site. 
#WearTheBear stocking hats will be sold for $10 while supplies last.

Registration for the 36th Annual Polar Bear is now open!

Click here to register today!

Special Room Rate at the Alexander Hotel!

Want to wake up in the hottest hotels in Indy and walk to the start line?  Well now you can!  Through our partnership with the Alexander, we hope to have a special rate available soon. The Alexander was a “2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner” and offers the swanky restaurant, Cerulean Restaurant along with Plat 99 Mixology Lounge. For those wanting to enjoy downtown Indy during the Polar Bear, we have secured a room block with the Alexander Hotel, our partner hotel. To book your room, click here.

2018 Polar Bear Hat2018 Wear the Bear Hat

In addition to the event shirt and medal, we are offering the option to purchase the Official “2018 Wear the Bear” hat for $10.  300 available and only available to those who register to participate. 

If you would like to purchase a Wear The Bear hat” click here.


Our Presenting Sponsor

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Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Franciscan at CityWay, Polar Bear had a new course in 2017 and great POST PARTY!  The ultra-fast course takes you to Fountain Square, then west to Meridian then north through downtown, and back to CityWay. We hope you will join us for the 36th Annual Polar Bear!

Our Valued Sponsors

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sponsor franciscan health sponsor Coca Cola Quaff On text logo sponsor Y  
sponsor jackrabbit sponsor metazoa sponsor tomwood sponsor barefoot

sponsor chipotle 

sponsor klines  
   Keystone LOGO red2 sponsor whiteclaw New Balance

 sponsor indiana vein specialists


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