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Frankenmudder goal is over 700 racers

  The sixth annual Frankenmudder is the largest fundraiser for Michigan Heroes Museum, 1250 Weiss Street.

  The museum is truly a destination in the State of Michigan, honoring those state residents who fought for America’s freedom and those who were part of pioneering the space program.

  The event is set for Saturday, July 20, from 8am until noon. The Mudder will originate at the museum, with participants being released in 7-8 waves. The racers will enter the museum’s front doors, get a quick tour, help assemble some care packages for the “I Support the 1 Percent Veteran Food Pantry” located at Harry Browne Airport in Saginaw and then head out to get course instructions from drill sergeants.

  From that point, the racers travel to the back of the museum parking lot, climb a tall wall and begin their descent into the first of 18 obstacles called “Roll Call.”

  The course crosses Weiss Street, travels north through Pursuit Fitness of Frankenmuth and Schaefer & Bierlein’s Jeep Course, crosses Curtis Road and then follows along the east side of Weiss Street toward Heritage Park. The course winds through the park, utilizing the Cass River and walkway. At the end, participants will grab a small American flag, run with it and then plant it in a large bale of straw before entering the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion.

  Paul Sebald is this year’s Frankenmudder chair, Michigan Heroes Museum Director John Ryder said.

  “The course has slight changes, but the committee is hoping to surprise the runners,” Ryder said.

   Last year, the event drew nearly 700 racers with the goal to draw the same amount or more. In 2019, the Mudder raised over $56,000 but the event has averaged $30,000-35,000 over the years.

  There are five different levels of commitment and sign up for event. A military veteran cost is $40, with an individual $55. Teams are encouraged the small group cost is $50 per racer (5-10 persons), $45 for groups of 11-20 and $40 for large groups of 20 or more.

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