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Successful Polar Bear Run for Guiding Eyes

Runners take off at the start of the Polar Bear Run with the Hopkins Winery in the backgroundUpdate:  Sunday, February 25th was a beautiful sunny day and the 39th Annual Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run was an amazing success! This year there was a record turnout of 607 finishers, and $10,039. was raised for Guiding Eyes for the Blind!  We are so grateful for this event and those that support it. Since 2018, the Polar Bear Run has donated over $34,000! 

Thank you to the volunteers that make this event possible, the runners who came out to participate, and those who cheered them on to the finish from the sidelines of Lake Waramaug! 

Visit the Polar Bear Run Gallery for photos of the day. Learn more or register for next year’s run!


The Lake Waramug Polar Bear Run logo is a white polar bear inside a blue circle with text around the outer perimeter

Get ready for the 39th Annual Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run at Lake Waramaug in Connecticut, on Sunday, February 25th. Since 2018, the oldest winter race in the state of Connecticut has been an all-volunteer event, dedicated to the mission of raising money for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The event has raised nearly $25,000 to date.

The 7.8 mile loop travels counterclockwise along the shoreline of Lake Waramaug, while passing through the western Connecticut towns of Washington, Warren and Kent. The run is organized by Trailheads, a company based in Kent, CT that designs and markets accessories for runners and outdoor enthusiasts. Trailheads is a valued corporate partner of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Last year’s 2023 Polar Bear Run raised $7,000. and had a record 575 finishers! We are happy to note that this group of cold weather warriors included Guiding Eyes staff members, graduates, puppy raisers and other supporters.

Whether you’re interested in an invigorating winter run, or are content as a spectator cheering from the sidelines, we hope you’ll join us at Lake Waramaug! We invite you to visit The 39th Annual Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run website to register or to learn more about this annual tradition!

at the Polar Bear Run a colorful crowd of runners take off from starting line