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Grin and Bear It Trail Run

July 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020

37th Annual

The Grin & Bear It 2020 - Trail Challenge

A summer benefit for the Crested Butte Nordic Team

This July we are presenting our 37th Annual running of the Grin & Bear It as a summer fundraiser for the Crested Butte Nordic Team.

This summer’s race will not be held as a single day mass event, but rather as an individual Trail Challenge throughout the entire month of July. The competition will be further distinct as you’ll have the option of attempting a new 25K loop course. We’re eager to witness the establishment of a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on this course for future Grin & Bear It contests.

Top finisher prize packages will be up for grabs, as will a bountiful stockpile of raffle awards spread across both 25k & 15k racer fields!

Every participant who makes a donation to the CB Nordic Team will receive a commemorative athletic headband (pictured below) as a thank you for supporting affordable winter youth recreation in the Gunnison Valley! A donation also enters you to win the raffle awards.

Thank you for helping us get more kids outside and active, all year long!


How It Works

Follow these 4 easy steps to enter the Grin & Bear It Trail Challenge and win prizes!

Please register your participation via the button link to receive swag, as well as be eligible to win top-finish & raffle prizes based on randomized standing places.

Downloading the TerraQuest app is the easiest method to create your profile &  join a challenge.

*** Please use your SURNAME in your profile handle, so we may cross reference your real identity for prize & award distribution.***

Once your TerraQuest profile is created, join one (or both) of the Grin & Bear It Challenges.

You may also sync your preferred tracking device/application ( Strava, Garmin, Fitbit ) to TerraQuest to streamline the recording & submission of your race performance.

You choose the day and time, but you must complete your chosen course(s) between July 1st  –  July 31st to be eligible for the prizes.

Familiarize yourself with the course for your chosen Challenge, courses will NOT be directionally flagged, or marked whatsoever.

Review narrative course descriptions:

** Please remember, these are open trails. You will encounter other hikers, bikers, runners, dogs, and maybe even wildlife out there.
Please be respectful of other users and yield when needed.***


How To InstructionsRecord your Challenge using TerraQuest app

You can follow courses and record your track in the TerraQuest app by: 

  • Searching for “Grin and Bear It 15km” or Grin and Bear it 25km 
  • Downloading the course so it will work offline 
  • Starting the navigation at the specific start location
  • Listen for the audible turn-by-turn navigation instructions
  • Stop & Save your track at the specific finish location
  • Your performance will automatically post to the Grin and Bear It Challenge Leaderboards 
  • If needed, crop your track so it aligns with the start and finish course points by navigating to your track under your profile on the TerraQuest.com website.  

After you’ve completed the route, be sure to submit/upload your track to the specific challenge leaderboard:

15K Leaderboard

25K Leaderboard

Utilizing the TerraQuest app is the easiest method to submit your recorded track.

(separately recorded .gpx files may be uploaded via TerraQuest website interface)

If you fail to complete the entire course route, your result will be invalid, and will NOT be displayed on the Challenge Leaderboard.

*** There is no limit to the number of results you may submit throughout the JULY open competition window. ***

Route Info



Top finisher prize packages will be up for grabs, as will a bountiful stockpile of raffle awards spread across both 25K & 15K racer fields!

Every participant who makes a donation to the CB Nordic Team will receive a commemorative athletic headband and be entered to win the raffle prizes.

Leaderboard Winners:

At the conclusion of the competition on July 31st, 1st Place – Male & Female of both 25K & 15K challenges will be awarded a North Face Prize Package including –
Flight Jacket with FUTURELIGHT Technology

Raffle Prizes:

Grand Traverse Mountain Run Entry (1) – currently sold out!
Silva Trailspeed 4XT headlamps (4)
Julbo Performance Eyewear (4)
CB Nordic Cotton Hoodies (4)
Restaurant Gift Certificates (6)

Crested Butte's Grin and Bear It


The Grin & Bear It is a component event of the four part
Eddyline Brewery Logo
Trail Series

Eddyline Brewery Trail Series schedule of events can be found here –  Eddyline Trail Series
2020 series is currently on hiatus, series competition will resume in 2021!

Proceeds Benefiting

Crested Butte Nordic Team Logo
Camp 4 Coffee in Crested Butte
BoBos Snacks Logo
Logo-Tailwind Nutrition

CB Nordic operates under a special use permit from the USFS and is an equal-opportunity employer.

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July 1, 2020
July 31, 2020
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