Polar Bear Series




5 EVENTS: Jan. 1 - March 23, 2014

Olean-Bradford Area YMCA

Set a goal for yourself and join the over two hundred runners and walkers to complete this walk or run series.

All events start at 1:00 PM

Registration is from noon-12:45 pm


  • Wed., Jan. 1 New Year’s 5K at St. Bonaventure University in Olean (register at Murphy Aud.)
    • SBU 5K Route map (pdf)
  • Sun., Jan. 12 5K at University of Pittsburgh in Bradford (register at Field House)
  • Sun., Feb. 9 5K at Wellsville YMCA (133 Bolivar Road in the Riverwalk Plaza)
    • Wellsville 5K Route map (pdf) 
  • Sun., Mar. 2 10K Run/4 mile Walk at Bradford YMCA
    • Bradford 10K/4 mile walk Route Map (pdf)
  • Sun., Mar. 23 Half Marathon/6 mi at Olean YMCA
    • Half Marathon Route Map (pdf)


We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, March 23rd at the Olean Y for the last and 5th event of the Polar Bear Series 2014!

Here are the pre-event instructions:

Timeline of the events for Sunday:

  • 12-1pm Registration and pick up of pre-registration numbers and chips (this will take place in the Y Activity Center, there is an additional entrance to the right of the main doors of the Y that enters directly to the room)
  • 1pm start Polar Bear 1/2 marathon run/6 mile walk 
  • The start and finish are at the front of the Olean Y, 1101 Wayne Street Olean , NY

You can view the map on link above

Water stops are located at the following distances:

  • 3 miles and same spot on a way back at 11 miles
  • 5 miles and same spot on a way back at 9 miles
  • At the turnaround for 6 mile walk
  • At the turnaround for the 1/2 Marathon Run 

The awards ceremony will take place immediate after the race.

Showers are available at the Y. and as always, please dress according to the weather :)

how to register:

  • Online is the easiest and most convenient. Please note that online registration ends 2 days prior to each event
  • In person, at the Y using the attached registration form:  (pdf)
  • Race-day registration - come early, we are onsite an hour before each race.


  • $75 series pre-registration (includes LS Performance T-shirt) 
  • $75 series registration the day of event 
  • $20 ONE event pre-registration 
  • $25 ONE event day of event registration 


Call Ink Young at 716-373-2400 for more information. 


  • Medals to all walkers who complete four out of the five walks.
  • Awards to all runners and walkers who complete all five events.
  • Awards for first place in each age group for the series of runs.*
  • Awards for the first and second place finishers in each age group for the half marathon.
  • *Run series awards will be determined by top scorer. Every runner must finish three of the five events to qualify for the series awards.
    • Scores will be given in each age group as follows:
      • 1st = 6 pts
      • 2nd = 4 pts
      • 3rd = 3 pts
      • 4th = 2 pts
      • 5th = 1 point
      • Two additional points will be awarded for those entering the half marathon/6-mile walk event.
  • Awards for first and second place finishers in each age group for the half Marathon (March 2014 and last event)


Results are posted the following week after each race.

  • New Year's Resolution 5K Run/Walk at SBU
    • For Jan. 1, 2014 5K results link, click here.
    • For printable Jan. 1, 2014 5K results, click here. (pdf) 
  • Race #2 - 5K run/walk at UPB Bradford
    • For Jan. 12 5K results link, click here.
    • For printable Jan. 12 5K results, click here. (pdf)
  • Race #3 - 5K run/walk at Wellsville YMCA
    • For Feb. 9 5K results link, click here.
    • For printable Feb. 9 results, click here (pdf)
  • Race #4 - 10K run/4-mile walk at Bradford YMCA
  • Race #5 Half Marathon & 6 mile walk at Olean YMCA
  • For Mar. 23, Half Marathon & 5K results link, click here.

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