Will you be able to outrun the bear? Join us for one of the most-anticipated fitness events of the summer on 30A: a self-supported run through Point Washington State Park’s Eastern Lake preserve. The Bear Claw Classic takes places Saturday, June 1st from 7-10:30am. This year runners have the choice of registering for one of three races: The Honey Suckle 6k (3.7 miles) The Blackberry 9k (5.6 miles) The Sassafras 17k (10.8 miles) REGISTER at https://fitforhope.redpodium.com/bcc. Register fees will benefit Fit For Hope, a nonprofit leveraging fitness to fund life-changing programs that heal and empower abused women. By registering for this year’s event, you are helping to sustain life-changing programs both here and in one of the world’s most prominent human trafficking hubs. You're investing in organizations that shelter, counsel, and empower women impacted by gender violence and sexual abuse. DONATE online at https://fitforhope.com/bcc#donate SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES This year, the Bear Claw Classic is excited to partner with local businesses, brands, and professionals to maximize our impact by offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities: - Title Sponsor - $1,500 (1 available) - Partner Sponsor - $500 (3 available) - Supporting Sponsor - (8 available) For information on the benefits of sponsoring this event, please submit your name and email address at https://fitforhope.com/bcc-sponsorship. Fit For Hope... In 2017, three coworkers made a pact to get off the couch, conquer a feat of endurance, and raise some money for a good cause while doing so. Inspired by a friend who moved to Italy to care for women trafficked into sex slavery, they banded together to raise $15,000—enough to restore dignity and freedom to three affected women. Amazingly, they were able to generate enough support to fund the creation of an emergency shelter for women searching for an escape! They were so amazed by the outpouring of support they received, they decided to share their vision of leveraging fitness to improve their lives and the lives of others with the world. As a result, Fit For Hope was born. Point Washington State Forest is a 15,000-acre forest which is home to more than ten miles of trails to challenge bikers, hikers and nature lovers. One of the most popular is the route from Eastern Lake to Cassine Garden, where visitors to Point Washington may spot an endangered red-cockaded woodpecker or a gopher tortoise, a species of special concern to environmentalists. For more information, see South Walton Parks Guide | Point Washington State Forest.