Race Date: February 4, 2023 

Start your 2023 race season off right with the 14th annual Winterläufe 8K on Saturday, February 4! The Winterläufe is hosted by the Frankenmuth Jaycees, and all proceeds go to charitable causes.

The first road race of the year takes runners and walkers on a scenic tour through the beautiful countryside of Frankenmuth and over the historic 1904 Gugel Bridge.

All registrants unless choosing Economy will receive a German themed long-sleeved cotton t-shirt, finisher medal and amazing finish line food. We also have AWESOME awards for top participants.

NEW this year is the Economy participant option! This is for those participants who want to do the race but don't need all the extra swag and just want to save $$. They will still be eligible for awards and finish line food but won't receive a shirt or finisher medal.

The good news is even if you choose Economy and decide later you may want a medal or a shirt we will have a limited quantity for sale at our Winterlaufe Store- along with many other great merchandise!

Registration after January 12th cannot be guaranteed a race shirt or finisher medal.

Event Start Times - subject to change due to wave starts
10:00 AM - 8K Run
10:05 AM - 8K Walk
Registration Fees

Race Registration
or Before Feb. 3
Onsite at the Race
Feb. 4
In-Person 8K Run/Walk $40.00 $50.00
Economy 8K Run/Walk $25.00 $35.00

Packet Pick-Up
Packet pick-up and onsite registration will be located at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant – Crest Room on the following dates and times:
  • Friday, February 3, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 4, from 8:00 - 9:45 AM
Packet pick-up and on-site registration closes a half hour before the start of the individual races.


The Winterläufe will provide finisher medals to all participants (except Economy)  in both the run and walk. We will also award the overall male and female finishers and top 2 in each age group in the 8K Run and Walk.

Age Categories for Run:

13 & Under, 14-17, 18-23, 24-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over

Age Categories for Walk:

14 & Under, 15-25, 26-36, 37-47, 48-58, 59-69, 70 & Over

There are numerous free parking options in downtown Frankenmuth within close proximity to registration and the start/finish line.

Thank you to anyone who registers to support our cause. The Jaycees are a volunteer leadership organization consisting of civic-minded individuals between the ages of 21-40. All proceeds from the Winterläufe, as with all Jaycee fundraising events, are donated to local charitable causes.

Thank you 2023 Sponsors!