Before you lace up your sneakers, here is some important information about the Winterläufe Race.

The Winterläufe is an 8K race that is held on the first Saturday in February. (8K is equivalent to just under 5 miles). Staying true to the Bavarian roots of Frankenmuth, Winterläufe can be translated from German to simply mean “winter run.” Despite the frigid temperatures that Michigan’s Little Bavaria faces around this time of year, the Winterläufe on average attracts 700 participants each year.

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The course is known to have quite the winter landscape. Starting directly behind Zehnder’s Restaurant (on Gunzenhausen near the mill), the course winds down through beautiful countryside that also includes a stop at the historic 1904 Gugel Bridge. Located on Beyer Road across the Cass River, the landmark is not only on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is the only bridge in Michigan that contains both an only truss span and a main through truss span. The course then returns you safely to the downtown of Little Bavaria, where you can both cool off and subsequently warm up after your frosty trek around the countryside.

This event is hosted by The Frankenmuth Jaycees.

The Winterläufe can be broken down into 2 types of races. For those who want to tackle the brisk temperatures, there is the 8K Run, and the 8K Walk. All registrants, unless choosing Economy, will receive a German themed long-sleeved cotton t-shirt, finisher medal, and amazing finish line food. There are also awards for top participants.

The Economy participant option is for participants who want to do the race but don't need all the extra swag and just want to save money. They will still be eligible for awards and finish line food but won't receive a shirt or finisher medal.

The good news is even if you choose Economy and decide later you may want a medal or a shirt we will have a limited quantity for sale at our Winterläufe Store - along with many other great merchandise!

Proceeds of the event go to various charitable causes in Frankenmuth and the surrounding communities.

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For more information, please contact the Frankenmuth Jaycees, and visit the main website at
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The Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau is a destination marketing organization, promoting tourism to Michigan's Little Bavaria.