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In our 110th year ~ Vol. 110 No. 13
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Bruckelaufe more than just running, walking event
The Frankenmuth Jaycees will host the third and final road race of the 2015 season this Saturday.
The fourth annual Bruckelaufe is set for Saturday, October 3, with the half marathon (13.1 miles) to originate and end in Heritage Park as well as the 5K race.
The half marathon will begin at 7:30am and the 5K at 8am.
The Bruckelaufe or Bridge Race crosses 13 bridges over its 13-mile route. The Holzbrucke, the 1904 Gugel Bridge and the 1907 iron trestle Black Bridge are the most notable spans that runners will cross.
This year, the half-marathon runners will be able to cross the newly-refurbished Dehmel Road Bridge at the Dead Creek. The span was closed for nearly 18 months from January 2014 until May 2015 – due to structural deficiencies.
The race series includes the founding event, the Volkslaufe, which has been run on or near July 4 since 1976. The middle race, the 8K Winterlaufe, was established in 2009 takes place in early February. The Bruckelaufe is the newest race.
Elite and amateur runners and walkers will appreciate the Bruckelaufe. The course is USATF certified, as the other races.
The half marathon distance is an ideal prep race for any marathon while the rolling 5K course offers a scenic fall tour through “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.”
The 5K race mirrors the Volkslaufe course, running through mid-town neighborhoods.
This is the third year for the Frankenmuth Jaycees Race Series which includes the above-mentioned races. Persons who have participated in all three races in 2015 will be awarded a specially-designed series medallion at this year’s Bruckelaufe awards ceremony.
The top three runners (male and female) in each age group will receive prizes. Around 700 runners and walkers have participated in past Bruckelaufe events.
Participants may pick up their packets inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion beginning at 5pm Friday and at 6am Saturday.
Registration on-site the day of race is $50 while the 5K is $35 on-site the day of the race.
Last year, the overall male half marathon run winner was Kalamazoo’s Christopher Gregory, with a time of 1:18.42 while the overall female run winner was Canton’s Amber Dermyre with a time of 1:34.44.
The overall 5K run male champion was Saginaw’s James Rogers at 16:19 while the female run winner was Caro’s Cassie Williams with a time of 23:01.
The half marathon overall walk male winner was Grand Blank’s Tom Belford Jr with a time of 2:30.33 and the female overall first-place finisher was Vassar’s Lynette Heinlein, with a time of 2:20.00.
In the 5K walk, the overall male winner was Saginaw’s Tom Aldous at 27:37 and the female winner was Shelby Township’s Elizabeth Putti at 27:43.
Family Foot & Ankle Care is the 2015 major sponsor.
Medals4Mettle will have a booth inside the Kern Pavilion, in the runners marketplace. Medals4Mettle’s mission is to provide an opportunity for endurance athletes and runners to pay it forward by enabling gifting and awarding of earned medals to others who demonstrate similar mettle, or courage, as they face life’s challenges.
Runners may also donate their gently worn shoes to Soles4Souls at the Bruckelaufe. The organization is a global, not-for-profit entity dedicated to fighting poverty.
The Jaycees are also seeking volunteers. On Friday, help is needed at registration from 4:45pm until 8pm and on Saturday, 6am until noon. Saturday’s details include registration, race course and finish line. Each volunteer will receive a Bruckelaufe volunteer t-shirt.
To volunteer, contact Melissa Rau at 989-274-8045 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more Bruckelaufe information please visit www.bruckelaufe.org.