Inaugural Bear Paw Marathon Brings Boost to Havre Economy

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The inaugural Bear Paw Marathon took place this past Saturday, with 305 people competing in one of the race options.

Race Director and Havre Chamber Executive Director Julea Robbins says the inaugural Marathon was a success.

“We had no big hiccups. A couple notes for next year, but nothing large. Our volunteers were fantastic, the community support was amazing, and of course, the runners are what make that happen. So we had a really good time and we’re super excited to do it again already.”

Robbins says they are already getting started planning for next year’s marathon, adding that there will be an extra water station at Butte Road.

“The amount of people that are coming in from out of town is just astronomical, especially in the years to come. We expect to grow this race. The hotel rooms that it’s going to bring is going to be wonderful. And just the tourism, and not only for the couple days that they are here for the Marathon, but when people come to Havre and they see what’s here and what’s fun to do here. And go out to Beaver Creek Park and see how beautiful it is, they are going to want to come back for more than just the Marathon. So I think that it is really going to have resounding effects on our community to have this year over year.”

Robbins says an estimated number of visitors and economic impact from this past weekend should be available within the next week or two.

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