The first edition of the Bears Walk on Terschelling took place on October 26, 1997, as a collaborative event between SV Friesland and Promotion Foundation Brandaris. Originally conceived as the marathon sporting end of the year theme “400 years of Willem Barents. Willem Barents, from Terschelling is one of the most famous explorers in the sixteenth century.
He tried in 1596 on the north to sail to Asia. It turned out a monster tour with many hardships and Willem Barents continued stabbing between the ice floes on Novaya Zemlya. The hunt bears the crew food and the necessary vitamins to overwinter. And so came the marathon to its name: the Bears Loop.