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First Annual Bear Paw Marathon brings in runners from all over


Last updated 6/7/2021 at 12:43pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Eric Stiffarm runs past Bear Paw Lake during the first annual Bear Paw Marathon Saturday morning south of Havre. Stiffarm competed in the men's marathon, finishing third overall. The event featured a marathon, half marathon and 5K race, with over 300 runners competing. For more photos, go to www.havredailynews.com.

For runners from Havre, and all across the country, the wait was worth it, as they finally got run in the inaugural Bear Paw Marathon. Over 300 runners competed on Saturday morning across three events. The premier event was the full marathon itself that began at Sucker Creek Road and ended at the Montana State University-Northern campus. Out of all the runners that competed in the marathon, Havre local Chris Durward had the best finish.

"It's been pretty special. I've only been running six, seven years and I always thought it would be pretty amazing to run a race in my hometown and to com...

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