2022 Bears Who Care OktoBEARfest Fun Run & Walk

Sun October 23, 2022 Winter Garden, FL 34787 US Directions
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In-Person - 5K Run/Walk

OktoBEARfest 5K Fun Run or Walk: Adults

$35 7:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
478 spots left.

Includes Chip Timing, Custom Shirt, Medal, Goodie Bag
Kid's Fun Run

OktoBEARfest Fun Run: Kid's

$20 8:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
96 spots left.

Includes Finisher Medal, Goodie Bag - Optional Shirt

OktoBEARfest 5K Virtual Run or Walk: Adults

$45 Includes Custom Shirt, Medal, Goodie Bag

OktoBEARfest Virtual Run: Kids

$30 Includes Medal, Goodie Bag - Optional Shirt

Eric Martsolf OktoBEARfest 5K VIP Experience (Walk)

$185 7:30AM EDT - 11:59PM EDT Registration ends September 30, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.bearswhocare.org/oktobearfest.

17000 Porter Road
Winter Garden, FL US 34787

Date: October 23, 2022 (Sunday)
Start Time: 7:30 am
Location: Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital (Parking Lot) - 17000 Porter Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles); 1K (0.62 miles)

The fifth annual Bears Who Care OktoBEARfest 5K Fun Run & Walk is a healthy, family-friendly event that will be more BEARRIFIC than ever!  Either in person or virtually, run, walk or jog for a worthwhile cause, Bears Who Care, which provides teddy bears and books to children in need throughout the community.  After the 5K and Kid’s 1K, enjoy a morning of fun activities, including live entertainment, interactive sponsor booths, raffles, a scavenger hunt, plus prize giveaways.

A special celebrity guest will be making an appearance this year:  Emmy award-winning actor, Eric Martsolf and star of the popular NBC daytime drama, "Days of our Lives!"  There is an OktoBEARfest 5K VIP experience  (on 10/23/22) available for a limited number of guests, so you can walk the race route and take photos with him.  Your registration includes an official race t-shirt, finisher medal, goody bag, VIP seating area and a special autographed gift.  You can also attend a cocktail reception on Saturday evening (on 10/22/22) at a location TBA, which includes a meet & greet with Eric, appetizers and cocktails (cash bar). *Each experience is limited to 25 guests.*

Runners and walkers are all welcome to participate!  

5K Registration* (now  - 10/9/22) - $35
5K Packet Pick Up Registration (10/10 - 10/22/22) - $40

5K Day of Race Registration (10/23/22) - $45


Kid’s 1K Registration** (now - 10/9/22) - $25
Kid’s 1K Packet Pick Up Registration (10/10 - 10/22/22) - $30
Kid’s 1K Day of Race Registration (10/23/22) - $35


Adult 5K Registration* (thru 10/23/22)- $45
Kid’s 1K Registration** (thru 10/23/22)- $30
+Registration includes shipping+


VIP OktoBEARfest 5K Experience with Eric Martsolf (10/23/22): $185

VIP Reception with Eric Martsolf (10/22/22): $100

*Add an Official GUND Bears Who Care teddy bear with any type of OktoBEARfest registration for only $20!  Your purchase will provide new teddy bears and books for three children in need.

**Add a youth size t-shirt to any 1K registration (sizes: S,M, L) for $10 each

ALL of the proceeds from the 2022 OktoBEARfest Fun Run will benefit children in need through Bears Who Care, which provides new teddy bears and books to children who are disadvantaged or ill.

You can make a direct donation to Bears Who Care when you register or you can donate here.

Event Updates:  Please follow Bears Who Care on Facebook for the latest news and updates!  

**A small processing fee will be applied for all race registrations online, which you can decide how to pay.  


Orlando Health

Gary Lambert Salon

Bryan Fifer, State Farm Insurance Agent

McCoy Federal Credit Union

Abbott's Frozen Custard

Authentic Florida

Citrus Church

Hohman Rehab

Speech for Life

Awards will be given in the following categories:
5K - Top Five Male, Top Five Female

This event will be chip timed using a disposable chip on the back of your bib.  Please be sure to wear your bib on the front side just below your chest to ensure accurate scoring. Bibs not worn in the proper place may not receive a proper time.  Results will be posted onsite day of race and online.

Pre-race packet pick up and race registration times will be posted closer to the event.

Packet Pick Up Location:  Orlando Health Horizon West - 17000 Porter Road - Winter Garden, FL 34787

*5K packets and bibs will be available at the event starting at 6:30 am before the start of the race.  Please go to the Registration/Packet Pick Up area near the Start/Finish line.

Parking will be on the left side as you face the front of the Orlando Health building (on the same side as the emergency room).  There will be signs and attendants guiding you.

All pre-registered participants will receive a special event day t-shirt.  Sizes are only guaranteed to participants registered by 10/9/21.  Shirts and shirt sizes are not guaranteed for day of race registration. 

For safety reasons, bicycles, skateboards, inline/roller skates, motorized carts of any kind and pets are not allowed on the race course.  Baby strollers and baby joggers are welcome to participant, but must start at the back of the starting pack.  Children riding in strollers or joggers do not need to be registered. 


The health and safety of our community is our priority. This event will have an "in person" capacity of 500 runners with unlimited capacity available for virtual participants.  We will have safeguards in place for everyone's safety and comfort and work closely with local officials on any necessary protocols due to COVID-19. The well-being, peace of mind and safety of everyone attending the event is paramount in our planning and execution.

There are no refunds or transfers for this event.  This event will take place rain or shine.  

If you're interested in sponsoring the 2022 OktoBEARfest 5K Fun Run & Walk, please email: kari@bearswhocare.orgHere is the sponsorship overview.

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