Appalachian Bear Rescue to hold annual benefit race event

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) will hold its annual 10K race and 3K fun run/walk to benefit black bears on Saturday, August 16, at 8 am starting across the street from the Townsend Visitor Center.

“The event is expected to draw over 100 runners,” President of Appalachian Bear Rescue Jack Burgin said.

The event is open to all runners. The cost of the 10K is $25 per person before August 12 and $30 per person on the day of the event. The event will also include a 3K fun run/walk that will begin shortly after the 10K race starts, and will cost $15 and $20, respectively. You can register at and

Pre-registered participants will receive a race T-shirt.

The “10K Rocket Run” is a stand-alone event for the Appalachian Bear Rescue on August 16. Both the 10K race and the 3K fun run/walk will begin across the street from the Townsend Visitors Center. The 10K will continue west down Smoky Mountain Hwy while the 3K participants will use the bike path. “The view will be tremendous,” Burgin commented on the race’s location. All proceeds of the event will go to fund ABR and its mission.

In its 12th year of operation, ABR has rescued over 90 black bears and is currently caring for four bears.

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