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.

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, as well as 4 types of events. For those who want to tackle the brisk temperatures, there is the in-person 8K Run, and the in-person 8K Walk. For those who want to participate, but want to stay toasty warm in the process, they also have the Virtual 8K Walk and Virtual 8K Run events you can try instead. How do the Virtual events work exactly? This can be done by uploading the finish times using the results tab on the Enmotive page. Participants will also receive an email with virtual instructions on how to upload race times and any necessary photos.

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

For more information, please contact the Frankenmuth Jaycees, and visit the main website at
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