Mud bath

Matthew Graham crawls through the mud during the 2016 KMXT Kodiak Bear Crawl at the Kodiak Island Raceway. Derek Clarkston/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Despite the popular Bear Crawl event — a 1.5-mile obstacle course — taking a virtual approach this year, race organizer Pam Foreman still guarantees racers will get the full experience.  

“You will get a little dirty, and you might get a little thirsty,” she said. 

The Bear Crawl is a fundraiser for public radio station KMXT-FM. 

Foreman said the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into the station’s other spring fundraisers, but not the Bear Crawl, which was created in 2014. 

Because of social-distancing and other unknown factors surrounding COVID-19, the Bear Crawl will take on a virtual look this year. 

Instead of racing through obstacles on the 1.5-mile course at the Kodiak Island Raceway, competitors will create their own course and complete eight challenges along the way, then submit times to KMXT.

Racers have between now and June 15 to complete the race.

“They can pick their day. They can pick their weather. They can pick their time and their course,” Foreman said. “They just have to complete the challenges.”

After registering for the race, a race packet will be emailed containing the challenges, a bib, 2019 race sponsors and a few suggested 1.5-mile courses. 

Foreman said a minute would be added to the finishing time for each challenge that is skipped, while up to 90 seconds would be deducted for selfies taken in front of 2019 sponsors. Participants can also write a poem about their favorite sponsor for a time deduction.

“The whole point of this is to have a little fun,” Foreman said.

Registration for the virtual Bear Crawl is open through June 8 and can be completed at The event is $20 for an adult and $10 for children age 5 through 15. Each participant receives a shirt. However, a family can register for $25 and not get shirts.

The Bear Crawl normally draws 150 competitors. Foreman is hoping to get between 25 to 50 entrants this year.    

“I think people will have fun once they wrap their heads around how this works,” she said. 

KMXT’s other popular athletic event, Run the Rock, is scheduled for Oct. 10. The event includes 5- and 10-kilometer, half-marathon and marathon races. 


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