Smokey Bear Run

Our History

The first Smokey Bear Run was held on May 17, 1986, at the Pines Resort in Bass Lake. The original organizers were four US Forest Service Employees, Brian Curtis, Craig Pinkerton, Danny Jones and Patrick Lyng. The race was to promote fire safety and awareness with the help of Smokey Bear. The Sierra Track Club was formed to handle the monies and coordinate the event. At that time, all proceeds went directly back into the race.

September 2011
September 2011

In 2002, several friends and runners decided to revive the Smokey Bear Run / Walk after the original organizers no longer wished to operate such a time-demanding event. So after a couple years' absence, the new committee took on the organization of the 15th Smokey Bear Run / Walk at Bass Lake. We have been fortunate to continue partnering with USFS (United States Forest Service) and Cal Fire (formally California Division of Forestry CDF) in addition to the California Highway Patrol, California Land Management, Citizens on Patrol and Madera County Sheriff's Department. It has been our privilege to host the Smokey Bear Run / Walk and we look forward to continuing the mountain tradition for many more years.

October 2002
Note: Smokey Bear is a trademark and service mark
of the U.S.Forest Service and may not be used without
applying for a license from USFS. See USFS Website for details.