With less than four months to go before the 4th annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k, the run has already surpassed 500 registrations, far ahead of last year’s pace.
The run in Peninsula State Park has quickly established a reputation as one of the highlights of the Wisconsin running calendar. This year’s run, scheduled for May 7, 2011, is capped at 1,500 participants for the half marathon and 500 for the 5k after filling with a cap of 1,200 runners in 2010. Registrations in 2010 were up 57 percent over 2009.
“We’ve been thrilled by the community support this race has received so quickly,” said Race Director Brian Fitzgerald. “One of our goals, in addition to creating a great run on a great course, was to grow this into an event that the community could rally around, and it sure looks like that is happening.”
Of the 1,200 people who registered for the 2010 run, more than 1,100 came from outside Door County, creating hundreds of overnight stays and introducing new people to the peninsula. More than 80 percent of half marathoners, and 66 percent of the 400 5k participants, were between the ages of 20 and 49 years old.
Organizers are once again offering the Run for A Cause program this year, in which runners can get a free registration by raising a minimum of $250 for the local non-profit organization of their choice. To obtain a pledge sheet and an entry form, contact Race Organizer Mary Knutson at [email protected] or 920.421.1519.
The 4th annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k will be held May 7, 2011 in Peninsula State Park. To learn more about the event, and to see a video about last year’s race, visit http://www.doorcountyhalfmarathon.com.