Heritage Park, Frankenmuth
They can also expect to cross several of the area’s most historic bridges, organizers note, including a pair of turn-of-the-century bridges (meaning the previous century) — the Black Bridge, an iron trestle bridge built in 1907, as well as the 1904-era Gugel Bridge, a historic metal truss bridge that spans the Cass River over Beyer Road, which runners pass over around the mile 4 point of the race.
Runners who get a kick out of running over bridges will get to more of that at this race than perhaps any other of its kind, as Frankenmuth’s Brückeläufe — the name is German for “Bridge Race” — offers a half marathon that features 13 bridges throughout its 13.1 miles, a couple of which are covered bridges and others that date back to the turn of the previous century.
Settled in the mid-1840s by Lutheran immigrants from what was then known as the Franconia region of Germany — today known as Bavaria — Frankenmuth has made the most of its European heritage and bills itself as Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” drawing more than 3 million tourists each year to its Bavarian-themed shops, restuarants, festivals and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which calls itself the “world’s largest Christmas store.”
For the race itself, the course will follow an out-and-back route that starts and finishes in Heritage Park, which lies along a bend in the Cass River the flows through the city. From there, the course heads south and west, crossing the river right after runners pass the first mile marker, for the first of two quick bridge crossings over the river.
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