Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Thursday, 12 July 2007 21:02
785 runners participated in the 13th annual
running of the Bear on Grandfather Mountain.
This year’s winners were both
first-time participants. With a time of 32 minutes and 33.61 seconds,
29-year-old Aaron Saft from Fletcher placed first. 28-year-old Alison Bryant of
Elkin took first for women with a time of 37 minutes and 24.11 seconds. In
second place were Ryan Woods of Boone and Leigh Wallace, also of Boone, in
men’s and women’s categories, respectively. The event kicks off the Highland
Games each year. The running of the Bear begins in Linville and ends five miles
later at the base of the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain.