Registration for the 8th annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k opens Oct. 1, 2015.

The capped race filled more than two months before race day each of the past two years, and organizers expect it to fill even faster in 2015. Last year’s race drew 2,700 runners to enjoy the unmatched beauty of Peninsula State Park.

The race has been called one of the best in the Midwest by Runner’s World writer Jenny Hadfield,Competitor magazine, and Active.com. Writer Tom Held of The Active Pursuit likened the course to “running in a wooded cathedral.” Such praise, plus Door County’s reputation as one of the premier vacation destinations in the country, has made the race a must-run on the nation’s half marathon circuit.

The USATF-certified course is run entirely on closed roads that guide runners past historic landmarks, through peaceful forests, and atop the Niagara Escarpment to reveal spectacular bluff-top views of Lake Michigan.

Impeccable organization and course support make it a favorite of first-time runners, while the un-rivaled scenery and the notorious hills of Peninsula State Park challenge experienced distance runners.

Those seeking extra motivation can join the Run for A Cause program and run for charity. The program has raised more than $70,000 in the last five years.

Details on Run for A Cause, registration, and race info can be found by visitingwww.doorcountyhalfmarathon.com. You can view a video of the course and highlights from past years, and get all the information you need to plan an unforgettable race weekend on the Door Peninsula.

Registration Fees:

Half Marathon:  $65 Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, $70 Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, $75 Jan. 1 – Feb 28, $80 March 1 – April 25

Nicolet Bay 5k:  $35 before January 1, $40 January 1 – April 15

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“Like running in a cathedral in the woods.”

Tom Held -Silent Sports magazine

“Once again you put on an awesome race. I have ran all 8 years, I saved all my shirts and this is a must run race. Thanks for all the effort.”

Carol Mulinex

“The Door County Half Marathon is my favorite race of the year, every year. I love it.”

Jes Borland

“All aspects of this event are first class…. The best scenery, most challenging course to be found. Great job Door County Half crew A+. See you in 2016.” 

Scott Luchterhand

“I have run several races – and quite honestly this is the one of the best supported run ever. You do an EXCELLENT JOB on all levels. The support is amazing. The volunteers exceptional. I have ZERO complaints or suggestions.”

Sara Frizelle

“I have done a few half marathons around the midwest and this is by far the best. The organization and communication is fantastic and so are the facilities and race perks. The route is also ideal: starting flat, allowing for the body to acclimate ; followed by a steep incline and then down hill once the body gets a little fatigued. I love it!”

Margaret Pennoyer     

“I’ve raced all over the world and The Door County Half Marathon is one of my favorites.  It’s very well organized, it’s in the heart of beautiful and peaceful Door County, and the course rolls through some of the most picturesque half marathon miles in the world.”

Jenny Hadfield – Runner’s World

A must-do race! This popular destination race takes full advantage of the natural beauty of Door County, Wis.

Competitor Magazine


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