Bavarian Inn proud partners of POWERMAN Michigan duathlon races

Frankenmuth plays host to grueling ‘run-bike-run’ event Sept. 27

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 1, 2015 – Many of the nation’s best runners and cyclists are coming to Frankenmuth Sunday, Sept. 27 to compete for $5,000 in cash prizes and a shot at national and world championships in the POWERMAN USA Duathlon Series, sponsored locally by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

The event marks the final regional duathlon contest on the POWERMAN USA race calendar. Regional winners will qualify for the POWERMAN USA National Championships Dec. 13 at Cocoa Beach, Fla. National winners are invited to compete for the best-in-world title at the World Duathlon Championship in Zofingen, Switzerland.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge vicinity will be the most popular gathering spot for athletes, their families, supporters, and spectators as the race courses wind around the city, traversing nearby country lanes, through the Frankenmuth business district, and crossing the historic Wooden Covered Bridge (“Holz Brűcke”).

Two classes of races will be going off on race day: the classic Powerman, which encompasses a 10K run, followed by a 60K cycling race, and another 10K run. The second event, the Powerman Sprint, involves a 5K run, followed by a 30K bike race, and another 5K run.

“It’s a great city, with something for the entire family to do,” said Powerman North America’s National Event Director Kenny Krell, outlining why Frankenmuth was chosen for the races. Krell noted previous partnerships with the Bavarian Inn on the endurance event scene also contributed to Frankenmuth being named as the host city.

Race day events are expected to get underway following participant registration activities, which take place from 6:30-7:30 a.m. For more information, please visit

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is the host hotel for the POWERMAN USA event, and is offering special rates for participants and their family members. For more information, call 1-855-652-7200 and ask about the POWERMAN USA rate.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge: Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.