This week we invite you to historical Gruenfeld, now known as Kleefeld. More on the history of this community is available in the well-written Wikipedia article here.
This is the town that celebrates the Honey Festival each summer. Though the festival is cancelled for 2020, the Kleefeld Honey Run 5k run is still scheduled. Mark your calendar for September 19 and register for the race. Veronica English, race organizer, tells us a competitive field shows up each year to run this flat course for bragging rights, and honey.
Try this route to explore the streets of your next 5k PR.
If you’re looking for something a bit longer and partly off-road, our Bonus Route is at the bottom of this page.
Less than 15 minutes from Steinbach, Kleefeld is straight west on the #52 for 8 miles. Turn south on the #216 and drive 2 miles, then one more block and turn right on Park Avenue. The Recreation Centre parking lot on your left is where the running begins.
Start running west on Park Avenue, then turn left toward the school. Passing the school, look across Friesen Avenue just a bit to your left for the entrance to a gravel trail. Follow the trail as it swings right, turn right at Beechwood Street, then left on the trail to Fourth Street and turn right. Follow Fourth north to College Avenue and turn right. College Avenue will take you back to the #216 where you turn left on the path beside the highway. Left on Clover through the residential development, and right on Lee Drive to connect to Road 35 or Gruenfeld road and turn right. Right on the #216 and follow this all the way back to Park Avenue, using the trail on the west side of the highway where available. The Strava Route guides you through the park to Friesen, then back across the ball diamonds to your car.
For the ice cream-motivated: Happy Earl’s Dawg House is not open Sundays, so make sure to come a different day or evening.
Our 15k Bonus Route includes the Tourond Creek Discovery Centre. No need to complete this one to qualify for the running jersey draw. We just got carried away and found this picturesque creek-side trail irresistible. Depending on how recent the last rain, you may need to hop some puddles.