This run explores the old and the new. While the original Russian Mennonite village site from 1874 is about a mile away, farmers of the region built a cheese factory in 1932 on the ridge which is at the centre of the town as we know it today. Commerce continues to fuel growth of this community that is home to an unusual number of entrepreneurs. In recent years, numerous homes have been built on the south side of town around the school and community centre.
Driving north from Steinbach on highway #12, turn left on the #311 into Blumenort, then right on Penner Drive. One block north is JT’s Diner on the left side. This is a good spot to park and great option for breakfast or refreshment after the run.
Start at JT’s and run north on Penner Drive. Turn left on 4th, follow it for a block, left on Lilac, immediately right on 3rd and down the hill to Oakdale. After the first driveway on the right, turn right on the paved path past the playground. Look for a bridge on your right. We have permission from Tim to cross his bridge and run through his yard to join the highway. Turn right on the sidewalk and follow it to the crosswalk at School Blvd. The route will guide you past the school, the community centre, the newer homes in town, and back to the highway. Back on the highway (sidewalk, that is), look for a paved path turning north just across from the Steve’s Livestock driveway. Follow that back to the playground, right on Oakdale, left on 1st, right on Lilac, left along the highway to Penner Drive, and north to the finish.