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Jul 28, 2012

Brückeläufe Half Marathon Inaugural race

10 miles on the schedule today.  It was a nice long slow run today over at Stony Creek.  Exactly what I needed to remain fresh for running.


If you guys/gals have not heard about this, there is a Inaugural half marathon coming this October 6th in Frankenmuth called the Brückeläufe Half Marathon.  This sounds like an incredible race.  For those of you that don't know, Frankenmuth is about an hour north of Detroit.  There are many Barvarian themed restaurants and shops for you to enjoy.  It's a fantastic tourist area and a very unique town.  It's home to the famous Bronner's all year Christmas store and the famous chicken dinners at Zehnder's and various other restaurants.
Bronner's - Christmas 365 days a year
Zehnders Famous Chicken Dinners
Due to the great location of this race, you should consider this two types of race.  First, because it's not that far to Frankenmuth from the Detroit area, you could go to the race that morning, run the race and enjoy the rest of the day there and come home the same day.  If you are out of town/out of State or do not want to go there in the morning, I would, however, also seriously consider this race a destination race.  This is a great opportunity for you to come and stay at one of their hotels for the weekend and really make this into a race-cation.  My family and I often come up there every year and really enjoy the city.  It's a great weekend trip.
Bavarian Inn - Downtown Frankenmuth
Brückeläufe -- the bridge race -- should really give away what this race will be all about.  On October 6th, You will run over 11 bridges over the course of 13.1 miles including the most known wooden bridge there, the Holtz Brücke 239 ft wooden covered bridge.  How fun is that?  I have to say it's one of the most unique ideas for a half marathon that I heard of.
Holtz Brüke Covered bridge 
The race is put on by the Frankenmuth Jaycees.  Some of you may have run some of the other races that they put on including the Volksläufe and the Winterläufe.  I have not had the pleasure of running these races but have heard really great things about both so it's a natural progression for them to organize a half marathon.

I also believe that this fits in perfectly into a marathon training plan so you can use this race as a training run before your marathon.  In my case, I had 12 miles already planned that day to prepare for the Grand Rapids Marathon, so as I said -- perfect timing.

Over the course of the next several months, I'll be doing posts about the race as it's race ambassador.  Not only will I be discussing more of the details of this race but I'll also be running it and doing a detailed race review for those of you that will not be able to run it this year.  I would encourage all of you to consider running this inaugural race with me!  I think you will be happy that you did.

If you are interested in registering for the race now, go HERE and sign up.  The cost is only $40 and this price will run through September 15th.  It's an awesome value and also includes a t-shirt and finisher's medals.  Wow!  Also, go to their Facebook page(click HERE) and "like" their page.  It will ensure you don't miss any new information about the race.

Much more to follow.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. The little water park hotel next to Bronners is a nice little spot. I'll ride shotgun and be co-ambassador.

    1. Ha. Thanks for the offer Mark. I've got a one way ticket. I'm driving up north and making this my first stop on the way. I hope you can still join me. Looks awesome!!!

  2. I've done the Volklaufe 20K twice and the 5K once the year after I started running again. I've done the Winterlaufe twice as well. I've never had a bad time out there.

  3. This sounds like a great race. Wish we were closer!

  4. Are you certainthere will be finisher medals as the registration and website does not mention it.