Claus Festival 2021

The Bears and Bees Run


Spain has the running of the bulls, Bootah’s Claus Festival has the Running of the Bees and Bears! Run twice on Saturday and once on Sunday during the entire Festival, kids ages 4-12 gather at the Holiday Valley Trail, cheered on by spectators, for age specific interval starts.  Bees chase the Bears, and the Bears chase the people! Ample room for holiday cheer-ers on both sides of the upper banks support this fun, confidence-boosting Claus Festival tradition.  Donation support for each running goes to a tri-county program designated for the run or the day. 

The event is FREE with attendance, but a charitable giving donation is greatly appreciated. All donations go to various tri-county programs from food to shelter, clothing and Christmas gifting

Dates - Times and Sponsors

Pre-signup is appreciated for planning purposes, age groupings and swag store stock provisions.

Age Categories and Starts

  • 3 – 4 years – First Flight
  • 5 – 7 years – Second Flight
  • 8 – 9 years – Third Flight
  • 10-12 years- Fourth Flight

Running of the Bears and Bees takes place twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.  Stop by 30 minutes before race time to get racing bibs.  Running will begin as close as possible to the prescribed start time.

If the age group gets too large, we will run additional flights to accommodate.

Bears and Bees Run Weekend One

  • Saturday – Nov. 27 / 1:00 PM
  • Saturday – Nov. 27 / 2:30 PM
  • Sunday – Nov. 28 / 1:00 PM
  • Sunday – Nov. 28 / 2:30 PM

These races would not be possible without support from the great local business that sponsor them. Our sponsors will be interactive at the festival. Click below to see more.