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Vol. 113 No. 51 - In our 113th year!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Volksläufe 2019 plans to beat July heat with earlier start times
Beating the heat and humidity while giving participants more holiday to enjoy were the primary reasons for starting the Frankenmuth Jaycees Volkslaufe races earlier this year.
The 43rd annual “Peoples Race” will take place on Thursday, July 4, with all activities originating in Heritage Park, including the Wednesday, July 3 Volkslaufe Eve activities.
Danielle Daugharty is this year’s Volkslaufe race chairperson, with Eric Ball serving as the co-chairperson.
“We are really trying to beat the heat with the earlier times,” Daugharty said.
All five races will begin one hour earlier this year, which is the biggest change to the Volkslaufe for 2019. The Volkslaufe annual draws close to 2,000 runners and walkers.
The 10-kilometer Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland race will begin at 7am, with the starting line behind Schmitzer Field. The 20K race will commence at 7:10am with the same starting location.
The popular 5K race will begin at 9am, with the 5K walk set for 9:15am. Both are sponsored by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The 2K Jaami’s Ice Cream & Treats Fun Run, designed for youngsters to encourage them to become runners and walkers as they grow up, will begin at 10am.
Online registration ends at midnight Monday, July 1. Organizers cannot guarantee a race shirt at the on-site registration July 3 or 4. The cost is $40 per person for the 20K race, $35 for the 10K and 5K races and $15 for the 2K Fun Run.
Race packet pickup is 5-10pm July 3 and 6-10am July 4 inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion.
The awards ceremony, which takes a little more than an hour, is led by Scott Hanson. It will begin at 11am, instead of noon, meaning most activities in the park will be done before 1pm.
The courses will have aid stations set up in strategic areas. Many sites also offer musical entertainment and encouragement along the routes. The Best Dressed Contest will also return, with a panel of Jaycees on the lookout for those with inventive, colorful and fun outfits. The top 5-10 chosen will be called into the Jaycee Pavilion just prior to the Award Ceremony and will be given prizes. In past years, those donning red, white and blue attire have been among the winners.
The Independence Day celebration of family, friendship and fitness really begins on July 3 with Volkslaufe Eve activities in Heritage Park beginning at 5pm.
The Frankenmuth Lions Club will serve all-you-care-to-eat spaghetti dinners starting at 5pm, which is a good carbo-loading meal for the runners and walkers. A snack bar, Kernel Benny’s Popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and a Bier Garten will be open serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
There will be plenty of activities for youngsters and the young at heart with an obstacle course, human bubble balls and inflatables will be set up in the Marv Herzog Fest Platz.
A special VIP area will be available for military veterans and active service personnel. Musical entertainment will be performed by Mandy Lane and The Lost Highway and DJ Keith Leo throughout the evening.
At dusk or close to 10pm, a fireworks show will take place, with best viewing right in Heritage Park or anywhere close to the Cass River in downtown Frankenmuth.
There are no admission costs to the park or pavilions.
For more information, visit www.volkslaufe.org.