Town Talk: Hermann Run – Celebrating 10 years of run fun!

The first Hermann run/walk was organized in 2008 and was called the Flandrau Trail Trot. This was the department’s first ever organized “fun run.” The course was purposefully created to be scenic, yet challenging by taking partici- pants up Center Street Hill, along Summit Avenue, through the trails of Flandrau State Park, meandering through Indian Point and South Highland and finishing at historic Hermann Monument.

Although the route has remained pretty much the same, Programming staff has worked diligently to improve the event by adding fun changes each year, evolving into the fun run/walk event it is today:

2009/Year two – the event expanded into Harman Park with the addition of Kid Sprints for children age 2-12.

2010/Year three – additional excitement was added to the event with the New Ulm Battery cannon shoot to start the race!

2011/Year four – Progress continued with the addition of chip timing for accurate, real time race results.

2012/Year five – medals were awarded for all runners age 12 and under!

2013/Year six – race sponsors were added and a special visit from Hermann!

2015/Year seven – Special student fee was added!

2016/Year eight – Hermann Tot Trot – special short course race was added for various age groups, as well as post race activities. Tots received a special Hermann Cape and medal for completing the race!!

2017/Year nine – expanded activities for the Tot Trot

2018/Year ten – look for a special, fun race shirt commemorating the race’s 10-year anniversary!

This fun run/walk takes place each year during Oktoberfest weekend (except for 2009.) We really encourage and welcome everyone to give it try before heading to the fest!

Registration for the race is open now. Participants may do so online at newulmmn.gov or stop at the Rec Center. We do have same day race registration until 8:30 a.m., but we do not guarantee a T Shirt for late registrations. Cost is just $23 for Residents or $23.50 for Non-residents through September 21. We also have a student rate of just $15 for students age 23 and under through September 21.

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Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us.

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