Six years ago it was a pipe dream. Today the Door County Half Marathon is a destination race that has filled almost two months before race day.

The 1,800-runner cap was reached March 8, marking another year of explosive growth for the May 4, 2013 race that drew just under 500 runners when if was launched in 2008. There are still 95 spots available for the Nicolet Bay 5k, run the same morning as the half marathon.

“We’re thrilled to be full this early,” said Race Director Brian Fitzgerald. “I can’t say enough about our staff and the tremendous support we recieve from our sponsors in getting the word out about the event.”

Fitzgerald pointed out that runners can still get a spot in the half marathon – for free! All they have to do is raise $250 for charity through the race’s Run for A Cause program.

This is the third straight year the race has filled to capacity, but the first time it has filled this early. Last year the race filled with a few days to spare, when the cap was also 1,800. In 2011 the race was capped at 1,500 runners and fillled on race morning.

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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.

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