The Nicolet Bay 5k has started many future marathoners on their running journeys. By participating in the Nicolet Bay 5k, you get all of the professional course support, beauty, and atmosphere of the half marathon in a small 5k, making it one of the best 5ks you’ll ever run!

The Nicolet Bay 5k begins at 10:15 a.m., just after the start of the half marathon.

The race begins a few hundred yards west of the Half Marathon starting line on Shore Road. Participants will follow the out-and-back course to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, where runners will turn around to head back on Shore Road to the finish line, taking in the view of Horseshoe Island and Eagle Bluff as they make a final turn about a half mile from the finish line.

The Nicolet Bay 5k will use the same finish line as the half marathon.

Pushing hard to the finish of the Nicolet Bay 5k. Photo by Len Villano.

Nearly all 5k participants will finish before the half marathon runners come through, while getting amazing views of Horseshoe Island, the lake, and the lighthouse.

MP3 players are allowed, but please keep the volume down in order to hear emergency vehicles or safety/directional information. Sorry, no dogs or strollers are allowed on the course due to space and safety concerns. Walkers are welcome.

Runners will receive a race T-shirt at Packet Pickup, as well as a post-race beverage or Door County Brewing Co. beer at Nicolet Bay in the Runner’s Concourse.

Nicolet Bay 5k Course Map

“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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