Official Program

The Door County Half Marathon will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. Registration opens Oct. 1, 2016.

The entire half marathon is run on paved surfaces in Peninsula State Park. This U.S. Track and Field certified course starts and finishes near Nicolet Beach.

The course winds through the park, giving runners breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, shaded areas through the woods, challenging hills and ever-changing scenery throughout one of Wisconsin’s most popular parks.

MP3 players are allowed for the race, 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 and should plan to finish by the time the course opens to traffic at 1:30 p.m. To get the road open in time, our crews must begin dismantling the finish shute at 1:15 pm.

A super-soft t-shirt will be given out at Packet Pickup, and medals will be awarded at the finish line.  Food and drink will be provided in the Runners’ Concourse area after the race. All runners will receive a coupon for a beer at one of several sponsor bars and restaurants, including the post-race party at Husby’s in Sister Bay.

Prizes will be presented to the top finishers in each category – Overall, Masters (40+), Grand Masters (50+), and Senior Grand Masters (60+). The top five finishers in each age group will be awarded medals.

For registration questions contact Jordan Burress at 

Results will be posted after the race here>>

Overall and masters winners receive pottery specially made by Race Director Brian Fitzgerald in his shop, Ephraim Clayworks. Photo by Len Villano.
Overall and masters winners receive pottery specially made by Race Director Brian Fitzgerald in his shop, Ephraim Clayworks. Photo by Len Villano.

Nicolet Bay 5k

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. Partiipants 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.

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

The new route for the 5k will make for a cleaner finishing area for both races, allowing nearly all 5k participants to finish before the half marathon runners come through, while providing 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.

A short-sleeve t-shirt will be given out at Packet Pickup.  Food and drink will be provided in the Runners’ Concourse area after the race.

Other Details

Packet Pickup (Please note locations)

Friday, May 5: At the Ephraim Village Hall, from 1 – 9 pm

Saturday, May 6:  At the Runners Concourse at Nicolet Beach, from 8 – 9:30 am

On Friday, May 5,
runners may pick up their packets at the Ephraim Village Hall just north of Wilson’s Restaurant on Hwy 42 from 1 – 9 p.m. (Packet pickup on race day is at Nicolet Bay inside the park). Participants will find Door County Half Marathon gear, shoe recycling, race information, park stickers and event passes for parking at Peninsula State Park as well as merchandise from Ecology Sports and Bay Shore Outdoor of Sister Bay and Run Away Shoes of Green Bay.

On Race Day, packets may be picked up at Peninsula State Park from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Reminder…parking is limited in Peninsula State Park on race day. Please check the transportation and parking information sections of this site for more information.

Pasta Dinners

Several of our sponsors will offer pasta dinner specials the night before the race. Check out their options here>>

Post-race Party

Once you finish, you’ll be able to grab a beer from Door County Brewing Co. in the Runners Concourse! (You MUST HAVE YOUR ID TO GET A BEER). Later, runners will be able to use their drink ticket for a free Door County Brewing Co. beer or soda at one of six designated sponsor restaurants, including at our post-race party at Husby’s Food and Spirits at 2 pm! The band Loco will be playing outside at the garage from 3 – 6 pm.

Arrival Times on Race Day

On race day, two entrances will be open at Peninsula State Park. The Fish Creek entrance will be open until 9:00 a.m. and the Ephraim entrance will be open until 9:30 a.m.  Park Greeters will be at both locations to assist you. Participants should plan to arrive between 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. At 9:45 am all roads inside the park will be closed to traffic except shuttle buses and emergency vehicles. Roads re-open at 1:30 pm. Late arrivals may experience significant delays in getting to the parking lot and arriving at the race on time. Also, roads inside the park will be closed to traffic during the race.

Please Note:  Drivers will not be able to drop off runners at the park. We offer shuttles for all runners who need a ride to the park. For more details see our section on shuttle times below.

Medical and Emergency Information

Medical personnel will be available throughout the course and a medical tent will be located at the finish line. Aid stations for the half marathon will be located near miles 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12. Aid stations for the 5k will be located at the 1.5 mile turnaround.

Chip Timing

The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K will be chip timed. Timing chips are attached to your bib. To ensure proper recording, wear your bib on the front of your torso. The chance of your chip not reading increases significantly if it is covered by clothing or worn on the side of your leg or your back. Results will be available after the race in the big tent in the Runners’ Concourse and online here.

Cell Phones

Important: Your cell phone may not work in the park. Please designate a location to meet up with your family and friends after the race.


Door County Temperatures in early May range from lows in the mid 30’s to highs in the upper 50’s. Keep in mind it will be cooler by the lake.


Dogs are allowed in most areas of the Peninsula State Park; however, the park does not allow dogs in Nicolet Bay Beach, the location of the Runners’ Concourse. We do not allow dogs on the race course, or in shuttles. Thank you for your cooperation. 


Sorry, no strollers are allowed on the course in either race.

Gear Check

Drop off your bag at the Gear Check Tent in the Runners’ Concourse, near the finish line for both races and centrally located between the two starting lines.

Shuttles to the Park

The shuttles in and out of the park take right to the starting line and back to your hotel or vehicle. Photo by Len Villano.
The shuttles in and out of the park take right to the starting line and back to your hotel or vehicle. Photo by Len Villano.

The Door County Half Marathon Shuttle offers participants and spectators a better way to get to Peninsula State Park on race day. With increased participation, limited parking and a closed course, free shuttles provide a convenient and easy way to get in and out of the park. Shuttles will pick up at designated Lodging Sponsors, found on the lodging sponsor tab, or simply drive to the Park and Ride site at Skyway Drive-In Theatre or Gibraltar School in Fish Creek and catch a shuttle to the park.

Please note, shuttle rides departing from any of the pickup locations in Ephraim or Fish Creek will take about 20 minutes to get to the Runners Concourse inside the park.

An added shuttle pickup time has been added just for spectators. At 10:15 a.m., the last shuttles stop at the Skyway Drive-In Theatre and Gibraltar School. These shuttles give spectators a chance to take a later shuttle, and arrive at the park in time to watch the finish of the 5k and half marathon. Please note, roads inside the park will be closed to cars during this time.

Return shuttles will leave the park from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., departing every half hour to all pickup locations.

Complete shuttle information will be sent out in a constant contact email the week of the race, and it will be available at packet pickup on Friday. The full schedule of events, including shuttle information, can be found below.


Parking at Peninsula State Park is limited to 650 vehicles on race day, so carpooling is suggested. If you plan to drive to the park, be sure to get an annual park sticker ($28 for WI plates, $38 for out-of-state plates) or a daily pass ($8, $11) if you don’t already have one.

Both are available at packet pickup on Friday at the Ephraim Village Hall or on race day at the Fish Creek and Ephraim Entrances. The earliest time drivers may exit the park is 10:45 a.m.  Parking is not allowed in Nicolet Bay Parking Lot at any time on Race Day.

Pace Teams

Veteran Chicago Marathon pacer Krista Lawell has organized a team of experienced pacers to guide you to your best race! To see a list of our pace team members and their goal times, click here>>

The Ministry Door County Medical Center pace team will help you reach your goal. Photo by Len Villano.


Shoe Recycling

Door County Half Marathon and Going Garbage & Recycling are partnering again this year to present Go Run & Recycle. At the race last year, over 300 pounds of shoes were donated for recycling. Join our efforts. Bring your worn out running shoes to be recycled into sorbent material by Wipers Recycling, after which it will be used to clean up oil spills.


Participants are welcome to shower after the race at the Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek, located between the two park entrances on Hwy 42 across the street from Gibraltar School. Simply show your bib number at the front desk. Bring your own towel or get one at the Y, a limited supply of towels are available for a small fee.

Awards Ceremony

Overall and master winners for the half marathon and 5k will be awarded with prize packages and age group winners will receive medals.  Overall and master winners are eligible to win age group awards.


Spectators are encouraged to come to the park to watch the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K.

There will be plenty of places along the route for spectators to cheer on their favorite runner. Maps highlighting viewing spots will be available at Packet Pickup or at the Peninsula State Park entrances. Spectators are welcome to ride to the park on the free shuttles.  For more information please refer to the shuttle and parking information sections.

On race day, stop by the Information Table in the Runners’ Concourse at Nicolet Bay.





“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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