Scare In White Bear

5K Walk/Run and Fun Run / Friday, October 27th, 2017 / 6:30PM / White Bear Lake, MN


Famously referenced by Mark Twain in "Life on the Mississippi" White Bear Lake is named after its largest lake. Once proclaimed, "One of the most popular resorts in the magic northlands," White Bear Lake has retained its small-town charm and is located on the northeastern edge of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

Distinct for its small town character, the beautiful downtown area of White Bear Lake hosts many events showcasing some of the greatest things about this lakeside community. From the celebration of Manitou Days and Marketfest in the summer to the BEAR’ly open Winter golf tournament and Beat the Freeze Biathlon on the ice, the downtown area is alive with fun festivals and special events for the whole family throughout the entire year.

The "Scare in White Bear" 5k begins at West Park, closest to the downtown area and along scenic Lake Ave. The race has gotten a bit of a reputation among local homeowners, who come out to cheer the best costumes. We have some competitive runners who join, but this is a really fun event for families! 

Be sure to join the post-race reception for performance and costume award ceremonies which will take place at Manitou Grill. 

2017 Kids Coat Drive

Help us collect coats for kids at this event! Bring your gently used or new coats to donate to this awesome cause to keep kids warm this fall and winter!


There are three ways to register for this race:

Want to register for more than one race? Fill out our bulk race registration form

**Upon registration, you agree to the Tri Fitness Race Refund and Cancellation Policies**

The race fees are as follows:

  • 5K Walk/Run - $35 on or before 10/19, or $45 from 10/20 thru 10/26, or $55 on race day
  • Kids' Runs (12 years of age or younger) - $20 on or before 10/19, or $30 from 10/20 through race day

All participants will receive an event shirt. Registrations after 10/19/2017 may need to pick up their shirt at our retail store about 10 days after the race and will be notified via email. These are UNISEX shirts, and may run a little bit large, so please order accordingly.

Size chart:

Measure just under your arms, around your chest. The shirts tend to run a little large, so if you're between sizes, you might want to go a size lower, but it's totally up to your individual preferences.

  • S 34-36
  • M 38-40
  • L 42-44
  • XL 46-48
  • 2XL 50-52
  • 3XL 54-55


Need a place to crash before/after your event? Fairfield Inn & Suites in Northeast St. Paul has been kind enough to offer a discounted rate for participants/family/friends who need a place to stay. Feel free to use the following link to reserve your stay today. 

Packet Pick-Up

Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race - race bib and some fun stuff like your complimentary race shirt and special offers. Be sure to bring your race bib and display it on the FRONT. Kids' races are not timed - every finisher gets a finisher's medal.

Pick up your race packets at our training center at 1340 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions):

  • Wednesday, October 26th 11:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday, October 27th 11:00am - 6:00pm

Race Location

Scare In White Bear starts and finishes near downtown White Bear Lake (get directions). Parking on race day will be available within the neighborhoods near the park. Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.

Schedule of Events

  • 5:45 pm - Park and parking areas open
  • 6:00 pm - Packet pickup & race day registration begins
  • 6:30 pm - START OF KIDS' RACES
  • 6:55 pm - Race announcements (near start line)
  • 7:00 pm - START OF 5K WALK/RUN
  • 8:00 pm (Approximately) - Awards ceremony at Manitou Grill

Course Profile

This course is about as flat as they come, and the path is smooth and fast, hugging the shoreline of White Bear Lake.

The course is a paved run. You start on the east side of West Park in dowtown White Bear Lake, doing a clockwise loop around the park right after the start. Then you head south on the path that follows the shoreline. Runners stay on the path and turn around just before the path intersects Hwy 61. Runners then make their way back on the same path until they reach the southeast corner of West Park again, at which point you hang an immediate left and run one more clockwise loop around the park, finishing right where you started.

Fluid replacement will be available at the halfway point (also the turn-around) and at the finish area. Volunteers are stationed throughout the course and at critical turns.

You can wear headphones on the course - just please be aware that it is an open course and you need to watch out for traffic, participants, and everything else! Dogs, walkers, and strollers are welcome!

For the kids' races, the 1-mile distance goes south along the path for about 1/3 mile, then turns around and heads back to the park, doing one clockwise loop back to the start/finish area. The 1/2-mile distance just does two loops around the park, and the 1/4-mile distance does one loop.

The finish line is located on the path across the street on the east side of the park (the start and finish line are the same line). The finish area, where spectators and finishers can gather, watch, and cheer, will be adjacent to the start/finish line and is encompassed by the park itself.

Bottled water and other post-race snacks will be provided.

This race is a gun start.

Awards and Prizes

Be sure to join the post-race reception for performance and costume awards ceremonies which will take place at the park. Kids' race participants will receive a finishers' medal.

Additional awards are given to:

  • Best costume
  • Top overall Male & Female athletes
  • Top 2 Male athletes in each age group (19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+)
  • Top 2 Female athletes in each age group (19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+)

**Must be present to win. If you want your award and can't stay, shipping cost is your responsibility.**

Results and Photos



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