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Polar Bear Run Supports Guiding Eyes

Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run an amazing success!


Payden, Running Guide Specialist with a black lab guide dog in unifly harness

The 38th Annual Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run was held at Lake Waramaug in Connecticut, on Sunday, February 26th. The oldest winter race in the state of Connecticut became an all-volunteer effort in 2018, dedicated to the mission of raising money for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This year over $7,000. was raised for the organization, and since 2018 the Run has now donated  $25,000! The Polar Bear Run had a record 575 finishers this year!  Runners as well as those who chose to cheer from the sidelines, came from all over Connecticut and surrounding states to participate in this fun annual tradition. Included in this group of cold weather warriors were Guiding Eyes staff members, graduates, puppy raisers and other supporters. We look forward to next year’s Run on February 25th, 2024, and to chasing our next milestone – $40,000!

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

We send our gratitude to all who participated, as well as the folks at Trailheads and the Lake Waramaug Polar Run volunteers.  


For a narrated version of the video below, please click here.

You can learn more about this annual event on their website, Lake Waramaug Polar Bear Run ( 

Be sure to visit Trailheads’ Polar Bear Run 2023 Gallery for more photos of this amazing day.
Lake Qaramaug Polar Bear Run logo - white bear in blue circle
throng of runners set out on Polar Bear Run
GDMI Jolene running course with yellow Lab Guiding Eyes dog
Enthusiastic runners on the yellow line running the course
staff Andrew, Rebekah, and Elena running course
Runner in orange Guiding Eyes sweatshirt runs with Pup
Staff of Guiding Eyes