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Bruckelaufe to wrap up Jaycees' race series year; registration nears 600

The Frankenmuth Jaycees are preparing for their final road race of the year to wrap up their 2016 race series.
  The fifth annual Brueckelaufe or "Bridge Race” will take place on Saturday, October 1, with all the action beginning and ending in Heritage Park.
  Jaycee Matt Hutchinson is chairing this year’s races. The half marathon or 13.1mile race will begin at 7:30am and the 5K will start at 8am. To date, nearly 600 persons have pre-registered for the two races.
  The half marathon crosses 13 bridges over the route, including the 239-feet long Holzbruecke (built in 1980, spanning the Cass River), the 1904 Gugel Bridge (Beyer Road, over the Cass River) and the 1907 iron trestle Black Bridge (located over the Dead Creek at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm).
  Although the course has changed slightly for 2016, all 13 bridges are still a part of the route. Runners will travel down Conway Street to List Street this year. The USATF-certified course travels through portions of the city and into the rolling hills of Frankenmuth Township. 
  All half marathon participants will receive a custom engraved wooden medallion featuring the Holzbruecke. The top three finishers in each age group will receive prizes in the 5K run and walk. 
  The Jaycees also operate the Winterlaufe in early February and Volkslaufe on July 4. Runners who compete in each of the three races in the Frankenmuth Jaycees series will receive a custom medallion.
  Early registration closed on September 16. Late registration for the half marathon is $50 per person (before September 30). Day of the race cost is $60. For the 5K run and walk, the late registration cost is $35 (before September 30) and day of the race is $45. 
  Packet pick-up and onsite registration will be located inside the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion in Heritage Park, near the race starting line. Registration will be open 5-8pm on Friday, September 30, and will reopen at 6am the morning of the race, Saturday, October 1. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of each individual race.  The awards ceremony will follow the races. 


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