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.