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VOL. 109 No. 51
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Jaycees to celebrate 40th Volkslaufe next weekend
Forty years ago, the Frankenmuth Jaycees were looking to mark the United States of America’s 200th birthday with a special event.
Four decades later, the Volkslaufe is the organization’s oldest project, which spawned two other road races during the year.
The Jaycees invite the community and guests to begin their long Fourth of July weekend with them by attending the Volkslaufe, which originates in Heritage Park.
The event will take place Friday and Saturday, July 3-4. Volkslaufe is German for “The Peoples Race.” It is the second of three races in the Jaycees series.
Tricia Barber is the 2015 race chairperson, with Christy Kuczynski her co-chairperson.
Registration has been open and the races are gaining plenty of runners and walkers, all vying for an authentic German beer stein award.
Activities begin on Friday, with registration open 5-10pm inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion.
The Beer Garden will be open in the Sommer Garten, serving beer, soft drinks, water and more, 5-10:30pm. Frankenmuth Brewery products will be served.
The Runners Marketplace will also be ready to serve the participants, inside the Kern Pavilion. Shoes, socks, shirts, shorts, running outfits and other items will be available. The Marketplace will be open 5-10pm.
The St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Youth will serve a carbo-loading spaghetti dinner, 5-7:30pm. The dinner will be served inside the Frankenmuth Lion’s Club’s Lion Haus.
The Marv Herzog Platz at the front of the park will feature inflatable games for children, sponsored by Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites. Face painting will also be available.
Music will also be a part of the pre-Volkslaufe schedule as “The Bromantics” will perform 7-11pm, taking a short break for the fireworks show around 10:15pm.
The fireworks will be shot off behind the ball fields in Heritage Park, with prime viewing available in the park, along the Cass River and just about anywhere in the downtown area. Music will be put to the fireworks on 107.5 FM radio.
Race day begins at dawn for the countless Volkslaufe volunteers with registration open at 6am. The Runner Marketplace also opens at 6am for last-minute running and walking items. The Marketplace will close at 11am.
The Frankenmuth Lions Club will serve a pancake breakfast in the park’s Lion Haus, 7-10am. All concessions and the Beer Garden will be open 9am until 1pm, including barbecued chicken dinners prepared by the American Culinary Federation.
The racing action will begin following the National Anthem at 7:50am and an invocation for runner and walker safety. The Frankentrost Band will play under the Jaycee Pavilion until noon.
The Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland 10K Race will start promptly at 8am, followed by the Family Foot & Ankle Care 20K Race at 8:10am.
About two hours later, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant 5K Race will commence, at 10am, with the Inn’s 5K Walk set to start at 10:02am.
All the above races start behind Leslie Field and along the Cass River while the finish line is on the east side of Weiss Street, finishing behind the Kern Pavilion. The runners and walkers will also traverse the recently re-decked and renovated Holzbruecke.
The Jaami’s Jam and Jellie Works 2K Fun Run will start at 11am. Geared for the younger runners, this race begins on Weiss Street, at Fernreich Drive.
All races are timed by Gault Race Management and are later posted on their website.
The Awards Ceremony will begin at noon under the Jaycee Pavilion. Custom-made beer steins are awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each age division for both male and female competitors. There are 13 different age divisions, from 13 and under to 70 and over.
Additionally, 2.5 liter steins are presented to the overall first-place men’s and women’s finishers in the 5K, 10K and 20K races.
The newly-crowned Bavarian Festival Princess, Emilie Howe, and her Court attendants, Cassandra Pierce and Brittany Garcia, will assist in handing out the steins.
Before the awards ceremony, the Best Dressed Competition will take place. Official judges will be watching for participants who get creative with the race attire and show the most spirit.
A group of finalists will appear in front of the awards stage and, by a vote of the crowd gathered; awards will be given to the first, second and third-place participants.
The first-place winner will take home a $50 gift certificate to T-Dub’s Restaurant and have his or her entry fee paid for the 2016 Volkslaufe. A Subway $30 gift card will be awarded to second place and $25 gift card will be given to the third place winner, thanks to Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie.
The Jaycees first race of 2015, the Winterlaufe, took place February 7. The final race, the Brueckelaufe, is set for Saturday, October 3. Half-marathon and 5K races are available that day. Runners and walkers who participate in all three races within the same calendar year will receive a special medal marking the achievement. Series awards will be given out at the Brueckelaufe.
The various courses take participants through the city’s neighborhoods as well as the township’s rolling terrain and past farm fields. Split times are provided throughout the course and aid stations water, ice and electrolyte-replacing drinks will be in 3K intervals. Some aid stations provide sprinklers and water by a hose.
The Frankenmuth Fire Department will set up on Gunzenhausen Street, by the Lager Mill, to provide water by the cup and a shower from their Aerial No. 3 truck.
Most aid station volunteers get into the event, but none more than the one on the 20K route on Lange Road. Each year, the families there pick a theme and encourage runners as they compete in Volkslaufe’s longest race.
Other race sponsors include Frankenmuth Insurance, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, McDonald’s of Frankenmuth, Weiss Equipment, DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Schaefer & Bierlein Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Star of the West Milling Company, Grasel Graphics, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Cobbler’s Bench, Independence Village, Reinert & Bender Auto Collision and Repair, Little White House on Main, Frankenmuth Jellystone Park, K & B Bierlein Builders, Lentner & Son Excavating, Optimal Rehabilitation & Wellness, Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club, Frankenmuth FunShips, Frankenmuth Brewery, Tiffany’s Food & Spirits and Rau’s Country Store.
Volunteers are still needed for various areas and shifts. Contact Danielle Daugharty at 989-529-9926 or use her email address, Danielle.email@example.com.
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