The Brückeläufe race will take place on October 5, 2019. All events will begin and end in Heritage Park in downtown Frankenmuth.

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.

Event Start Times
8:30 AM - Half Marathon Run
8:35 AM - Half Marathon Walk
9:00 AM - 5K Run
9:05 AM - 5K Walk

Bridge History
The half marathon crosses 13 bridges in its 13.1 miles. Most notable are the Holz Brücke, a 239-foot wooden covered bridge; the 1904 Gugel Bridge; and the 1907 iron trestle Black Bridge.

Registration Fees

Early Registration Late Registration Onsite at the Race
On or Before Aug. 31 Sept. 1 - Oct. 3 Oct. 4 - Oct. 5
Half Marathon Run/Walk $50.00 $55.00 $60.00
5K Run/Walk $35.00 $40.00 $45.00

Packet Pick-Up
Packet pick-up and onsite registration is located inside Harvey Kern Pavilion at Heritage Park, near the race start line. Registration will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM the night before the race and opens at 7:00 AM the morning of. Registration closes a half hour before the start of the individual race.


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 Half Marathon and 5K events. Runners who compete in each of the three races in the Frankenmuth Jaycees series will receive a custom medallion.

Age Groups: 1-13, 14-17, 18-23, 24-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-98


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the cut off for shirts?
Anyone registered by October 2 is guaranteed a race shirt. However, we do order more shirts than we have taken registrations for. Be aware, due to the need to ship and print shirts in time for the race, our order is an estimate of what we might need for our late registration guests on race day. For that reason, only those that register by October 2 are guaranteed a race shirt. If you just love shirts and would be sad to not receive one, our advice would be to come to packet pickup as early as possible to increase your chances of snagging an extra shirt-we like happy runners!

Can I run with my dog or stroller?
Participants can run with a stroller but we ask that you position yourself at the back of the pack. Unfortunately, our insurance company no longer advises we have pets on the course. The Bruckelaufe loves animals but asks that you not bring your animals on the course.

I see you have gone paperless, how do I register without using my credit card?
On-site registration will be accepting cash payment.