In 1976 the Frankenmuth Jaycees hosted their first race event in recognition of our country's 200th birthday. That race was organized by Janette and Bill Hart, and Bob Warnick.
In those days, events were low tech! Flyers were printed and mailed to schools and sporting good stores, and posters were plastered around town. Seven miles was the distance of this first race event, with a total of 180 excited runners. Our overall winners were Alexa Kraft (Grosse Point) and Ed Griffiths (Kalamazoo).
In 1978 the race was named the Volkslaufe or peoples race and over time the race expanded to include many age divisions and race options. Fun additions like the Frankentrost Band, course entertainment and German stein awards were added.
As the race expirience was enhanced the Volkslaufe grew. In 1977 the event hosted 640 runners but by 1978 there were 1,760 participants! Today's race averages 2,500 runners.
Procedes from the Volkslaufe events are donated to community projects and charitable causes