If you’ve found yourself in a panic about your registration status, she has probably calmed you down.

If you wanted to raise money through our Run For A Cause program, she has guided you through the steps.

Mary-KnutsonIf you’ve run and enjoyed this race, she’s been a big reason why you did.

Since this race was founded eight years ago, Mary Knutson has been a vital part of organizing an event that grew rapidly and faced new, unanticipated challenges every year.

She doesn’t panic and is somehow never flustered working with a crew that constantly throws out new ideas, changes, and challenges. As this race evolved, she has been the one to dot the I’s and cross the T’s left in the wake of Brian, Dave, and I, calming us and our entire Peninsula Pacers crew with her unwavering dependability and attention to detail.

When a race becomes a great one, it happens in part because nobody ever knows about the work that people like Mary do behind the scenes in the months long before race morning. The Door County Half Marathon would not be the great race it is today without Mary Knutson.

That’s why we’re sad to say that this will be Mary’s final year as our race organizer. Mary and her husband Kirk are moving to Vermont for the next stage in their careers, and while we hate to see them leave our community, we wish them the best.

So do us a favor when you see Mary at packet pickup on Friday and Saturday. Please take a moment to stop and thank her for all she has done for this race and for this community. She won’t be hard to find – she’ll be the one with all the answers.

Thank you Mary!


Myles, Brian, Dave, and the staff of the Peninsula Pacers 

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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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