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Brückeläufe Half Marathon & 5K

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Brückeläufe Half Marathon & 5K

The Frankenmuth Jaycees are proud to bring you the Brückeläufe Half Marathon & 5K. The fall race in the Frankenmuth Jaycee Race Series. For almost 40 years, the Frankenmuth Jaycees have been organizing some of the top road races in the Midwest.

The Brückeläufe Half Marathon crosses 13 bridges in its 13.1 miles. Most notably are the Holz Brucke (wooden bridge), the 1904 Gugel Bridge, and the 1907 iron trestle Black Bridge.

Both elite athletes and amateurs will appreciate the newest Frankenmuth Road Race. The Brückeläufe is German for Bridge Race. The half marathon distance is an ideal prep race for any marathon while the rolling 5K course offers a scenic fall tour through a German-inspired village. The Brückeläufe is a USATF-certified event that begins and ends in Heritage Park in downtown Frankenmuth.


Half Marathon Walk

  • 21.097km

5K Walk

  • 5km


Award Medals

All half marathon participants will receive a custom engraved wooden medallion featuring the Holz Brücke. The top three finishers in each of the below age groups will receive prizes in the 5K run and walk. Runners who compete in each of the three races in the Frankenmuth Jaycees series will receive a custom medallion. Absentee awards will not be mailed, but will held for pick up at the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau until January 1 of the following year.


There are numerous free parking options in downtown Frankenmuth within close proximity to Heritage Park. A large grass parking lot on Weiss Street offers the closest free parking, however departure form that lot can be delayed because Weiss Street is part of the race route and will be closed intermittently.


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.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.