June 1 2019


Presented by 360 BLUE®

The hottest run on 30A benefitting shelters that serve women impacted by gender violence and sexual abuse.



Join us June 1st to explore South Walton’s best-preserved natural landscapes while supporting restoration and healing for victims of abuse locally and globally!

By registering for this year’s event and donating, you are sustaining life-changing programs both here and in one of the world’s most prominent human trafficking hubs by investing in organizations that shelter, counsel, and empower women impacted by gender violence and sexual abuse.



Restoring freedom and dignity to abused women.

Every gift, no matter how large or small, makes a difference in restoring hope to women impacted by gender violence and sexual abuse! Link arms with local businesses, other runners, and Fit For Hope members nationwide by making a 100% tax-deductible gift today.


We are immensely grateful to the individuals and organizations who have have deepening this event’s capacity and furthered its impact.


Presenting Sponsor

360 Blue® offers the most well-appointed & luxurious properties along 30A & in Destin paired with exceptional service to create a memorable vacation experience!

Known for their world class service, 360 Blue represents the largest collection of luxury homes on the coast, backed by a fun and energetic team who have a passion for sharing the local lifestyle and giving back to those in need.


Partner Sponsor

Centennial Bank provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking and related financial services. Centennial Bank prides itself on delivering excellent customer service, prioritizing convenience, and taking care of the communities in which it operates.

Partner Sponsor

RUN/SUP® is a fitness lifestyle brand that combines running and stand-up paddling in not only fitness classes and organized races from our WaterColor BoatHouse location, but also a growing retail presence from our R/S® store in Seagrove Beach.

Partner Sponsor

Bendurance's mission is to help others find happiness through living a healthy lifestyle. As a NASM-certifed Trainer, Ben Bollinger helps beginner and advanced endurance athletes redesign, rebuild, and conquer by making every workout fun and challenging.


Proudly Supported By



Please support these incredible individuals and companies! Their generosity makes events like the Bear Claw Classic, and organizations like Fit For Hope, possible.


We are incredibly grateful to our friends at Black Bear Bread Co. for once again providing Bear Claws!



Founded in 2017 by three colleagues who challenged each other to raise money by getting in shape, Fit For Hope has grown to become a nationwide community of active and aspiring athletes leveraging their fitness for good!

With monthly challenges, virtual races, and in-person events like the Bear Claw Classic, there's a way for everyone to use their fitness to give back as a member of Fit For Hope.

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Last year, the Bear Claw Classic raised enough support to provide a month’s worth of shelter, counseling, and empowerment services. This year, we are committed to doing even more, but we can’t do it alone!

By partnering with this event—and other generous businesses here in South Walton—your business or brand can make a lasting investment in women worldwide, promote and preserve our parks, and advertise your business to the thousands of individuals exposed to our event this year.



Having featured Grayton Beach State Park’s Flatwoods Trail and the Western Lake Loop in 2018, this year the BCC will showcase the Eastern Lake Trail network, which spans some of South Walton’s best-preserved natural landscape.

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Register by May 1st to receive a FREE shirt!

Prove you outran the bear by locking in a free, limited-edition shirt with your registration that shows just how long you braved nature (and the elements) to support of women worldwide.


Use the form below to contact a member of our team.

We try our best to respond within 24 hours.

Name *


Can I register multiple people at one time?

Yes, participants can register themselves and others (even an entire team) in a single transaction.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes, participants must be at least 12 years old to participant and must be accompanied by an adult at all times if under the age of 18. Please note that sponsoring adults assume all responsibility and liability for their accompanied minors.

If I cannot participate day-of, can I get a refund?

Refunds will be provided for registrations cancelled prior to 11:59 PM on April 30th, 2019.

If I cannot participate day-of, will I still receive my event shirt

Yes, you can collect your event shirt from the Fit For Hope office (address below) on a weekday from 8am-4pm anytime after the race, or have the shirt mailed at your expense.

5597 US-98 W
Ste 204
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


What time should I arrive?

Please be sure to arrive at least 25 minutes prior to your designated start time to allow for parking, check-in, and final course debriefs. If you are late to the start line due to extenuating circumstances, our timing volunteers will do there best to offset your delayed start.

Is there parking at the trailhead?

Yes, there is limited parking at the trailhead. You may be forced to park along CR 395. If required to do so, please be sure to park in way that your vehicle is completely off the tarmac and is not blocking access roads, other trailheads, or signage.

When/where is check-in?

Check-in will take place the morning of the run from 6:25 AM to 7:10 AM. Please be sure to arrive at least 25 minutes prior to your designated start time, but no earlier than 6:25 AM. Please either have a print copy of your registration or your confirmation email ready for a volunteer to scan to complete your check-in.


Will the course be marked?

Yes, each distance directly corresponds to a specific trail marked and maintained by the Florida Forestry Service. In addition, our team will mark key sections of the trail to ensure the course is both safe and navigable. However, it is your responsibility as a participant to know and follow the course.

Will there be aid stations?

Yes, aid stations will be set-up as close to every 1.5 miles as possible.

What will be served at the aid stations?


Will I get wet/muddy?

Probably. While our team, and the Florida Forestry Service, have done their best to navigate over and around sections of subject to standing water and mud, participants should be prepared to deal with water and mud.

What if I have an issue on the trail?

Every runner will be provided emergency contact information to reach our team at any time. That said, we embrace the buddy system and recommend running with a partner who can help immediately.

Will medical aid be available?

Yes, self-serve first aid kits will be available at each of the aid stations. In addition, an off-duty medical professional will be onsite.

Is there a cut-off time?

Yes, but only to ensure participants’ safety. Volunteers will begin sweeping the course at 8:45 AM to ensure all participants are safely navigating the course.

The cut-offs for each distance will be as follows:

Honey Pot 6k: 1h 30 mins (8:42 AM)
Blackberry 9k: 1h 50 mins (8:58 AM)
Sassafras 17k: 2h 40 mins (9:45 AM)

If you find yourself outside the cutoff time and have not made contact with a volunteer sweeping the course, please contact the Run Director at XXX-XXX-XXXX or report to the nearest aid station.


Is the run timed?

Yes, the run will be timed by volunteers; however, the Bear Claw Classic (BCC) is a charity trail run. So, while our team will do its absolute best to record times down to the millisecond, we encourage participants to see the BCC as a purposeful run through the woods with friends—not an opportunity to set personal records.

Where will I be able to review my results?

Results will both be posted to Fit For Hope’s website as well as emailed to all participants.

Will there be awards?

Yes, awards will be given to the first male and female participants to finish each distance.

Will there be an awards ceremony?

No, given the potent heat and humidity of summer on the Emerald Coast, awards will be distributed as earned. Of course, we encourage everyone to stick around and cheer others across the finish line under the shade of a tent, where refreshments and bear claws baked by the incomparable Black Bear Bread Co. bear will be served.


Will there be things to do after the run?

Yes, refreshments and bear claws a la Black Bear Bread Co. will be served under the shade of a tent after the run. There will also be music, corn hole, and limited edition swag for sale.

How late can I stay after the run?

As late as you’d like! That said, our team will finish breaking down 30 minutes after the last participant crosses the finish line or has been escorted off the course by volunteers.


Brenna Kneiss Photo Co.

We are incredibly grateful to have one of the most-talented (and most-generous) photographers on 30A once again capturing this year's event.