Charity Spotlight: Friends of Peninsula State Park Are Vital to Park and the Race

Door County wouldn’t be what it is without Peninsula State Park, and the park wouldn’t be what it is without the dedicated people from the Friends of Peninsula State Park.

In an era of tight budgets, the friends group helps maintain trails, keep amenities available, expand services, and raise funds for the park.

The Friends of Peninsula State Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to the interpretive, historical, educational and visitor service programs of Peninsula State Park. The group provides volunteers and financial assistance to support the many events, programs and activities in the Park, with a goal to preserve and enhance the value of our Park’s natural and recreational resources for everyone to enjoy. 

Since 2011, the Friends of Peninsula State Park have played a crucial role in the Door County Half Marathon, aiding in traffic control, welcoming runners, manning aid stations, and much more.

“It’s hard to imagine putting this race on without their support,” says course director Myles Dannhausen. “As someone who uses the trails of this park every time I’m here, I can’t thank them enough for what they do all year.”

If you want to get involved with the Friends of Peninsula State Park and help keep the Park an unparalleled destination to share with your family and friends, contact them about a membership or volunteer opportunities.

Annual memberships and donation options are available on their website or by mailing to PO Box 52 Fish Creek, WI 54212. 

Friends of Peninsula State Park volunteers hand out water and gatorade in 2015.
Friends of Peninsula State Park volunteers hand out water and gatorade in 2015.

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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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