Fitness doesn’t stop in the fall

The Hermann 5K walk/run will take place on October 14 and it is one of the Park and Recreation department’s more popular events.

NEW ULM — While summer is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean it’s time to push aside any fitness plans you may have started this spring. In fact, the New Ulm Park and Recreation department has many fall activities planned this year to keep people of all ages active while the temperatures drop.

The Park and Rec department offers plenty of fall favorites, including flag football for those in grades 1-5, youth volleyball for those in grades 3-6, youth archery for ages 6-14 and both youth and adult pottery.

One of the Park and Rec’s most popular events, the Hermann 5K Fun Run/Walk, will also take place on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Cost of the event is $23 for residents, $25.30 for non residents and a $15 student fee for participants under 23 years old.

This will be the ninth year of this event, which is New Ulm’s most unique 5K with a course that has hills, steps, and runs through Flandrau Park and it features New Ulm’s most recognizable figure (Arminius the Cherusci, or Hermann) starting the race with cannon shots.

The Hermann Tot Trot is another popular event for those ages 3-9.

In addition to the 5K, the race will include the Hermann Tot Trot for Children ages 3-9 years old who will compete on a special short course with an emphasis on fun.

“I think the Hermann 5k is a popular event for a bunch of reasons but I think the biggest reason is Hermann Monument is a great symbol of the heritage and history of New Ulm and many runners come from out of town to enjoy New Ulm for the weekend and take in everything that makes this community great,” Recreation Program Supervisor Joey Schugel said. “All race participants are allowed free entry for the day to climb the Monument and learn more about Hermann. The other big draw to this event is the unique course that does have hills and stairs and is very scenic with a good portion of the course going through Flandrau State Park.”

The pool at the Recreation Center will also be a popular place this fall with different sessions of swim lessons and classes in each session. There will be adult swim lessons offered so this is a great chance for anyone to brush up on their swimming skills.

The Hermann Swim Club will also start back for participants ages 8-17 training to improve their swim strokes, build muscle, speed, strength and improve endurance.

Additionally, a new swimming event will be offered for the first time this fall called The Floating Pumpkin Patch. The Park and Rec department will put a new spin on the traditional pumpkin search by creating a patch in the pool for participants to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the pool, then deck it out at a decorating station with all sorts of fun items. This is a family event, suitable for participants of all ages.

Youth flag football is available for those in grades 1-5.

Schugel said it’s important to keep the Park and Rec Department list of activities growing.

“Really, no matter what season we are in we are always looking for new programs or events to offer the community,” he said. “This season we again have added some new programs and events in hopes that we continue to expand our reach and goal of providing fun, healthy, and impactful leisure opportunities for the community.”

Fitness is always a theme with New Ulm Park and Recreation and this fall is no different. The new Group Fitness Class schedule has many popular offerings back along with new classes such as Barre Pilates, HITT with Yoga, and Dance Fitness.

In addition to the fitness class schedule Fitness Programs such as Adult/Child Fit and Fun is back in which adults and children ages 2-5 years old exercise together while having fun benefiting both the adult and child.

A new program called Weightlifting for Women will be offered in two different sessions. Schugel said the class is designed to help women feel more comfortable in the weight room. The Park and Rec department will teach participants how to use the equipment at the fitness center, skills for warm up and cool down, and the knowledge to build and design their own workout plans. Schugel said the goal is for participants to leave the class feeling confident and motivated to move forward on their own.

Swimming lessons for participants of all ages will take place this fall.

For those unable to make a weekly commitment to the activities, there are plenty of parks or trails located throughout the city of New Ulm for everyone to use and enjoy.

For more information on Park and Rec. or to register for the fall programs or activities visit the City of New Ulm Website at and click on the Park and Recreation tab.