For some, it’s not enough to run 13.1 miles for themselves. That’s why the organizers of the Door County Half Marathon introduced the Run For A Cause program in 2010 – to give runners a little more motivation with each training stride.

Since 2010, when the program was started, it has helped dozens of runners raise more than $225,000 for Door County charities. Runners can help build on that total by signing up to run for their favorite Door County charity now.

Organizers have made 100 registrations available free to runners who commit to raising at least $250 for an area charity. Once runners in the half marathon or the 5k raise the $250 minimum, they’ll receive a free entry for the Door County Half Marathon or the Nicolet Bay 5k.

Participants are, of course, encouraged to raise more than the minimum.

All information regarding the program, online fundraising, and a traditional pledge sheet are available by emailing Registration Director Jordan Burress at

Make your run more meaningful and join the ranks of those pounding the pavement in support of the charities that are so vital to making Door County a great place to live.

Pick your passion, and Run For A Cause in 2024!

2023: A Run for a Family’s Future

2023: Running for a Cause: Deb Davis

2019: Running for a Cause: Sue Baldwin Foundation

2019: Father’s Battle Inspires Runner to Raise Fund for Alzheimer’s Association

2014: Son’s Diagnosis Inspires Run For A Cause Participant

2014: Michelle Page Alswager Runs to Remember

2011: In Memory of Dad:  Emmy Stanley runs for the YMCA

2010: Running for Retirement Center

“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.

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