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Door County Half Marathon Registration Opens Nov. 1

The fifth Door County Half Marathon featured a record field of more than 1,600 registered runners drawn to the closed, scenic course in Wisconsin’s revered Peninsula State Park.

Registration for the 6th Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k will open Thursday, Nov. 1.

Organizers welcomed a record 2,200 runners to last year’s event in Peninsula State Park and anticipate the largest field yet for 2013. The May 4, 2013 race is capped at 1,800 runners in the half marathon and 500 runners in the 5k.

Reporter Tom Held, one of the Wisconsin’s most respected silent sports writers, likened the race to “running in a wooded cathedral,” one reason the race has earned a reputation as a must-run on the nation’s half marathon circuit. The USATF-certified course is run entirely on closed roads that guide runners past historic landmarks, through peaceful forests, and atop the Niagara Escarpment to reveal spectacular bluff-top views of Lake Michigan.

Runner’s World blogger Jenny Hadfield calls it one of the top half marathon courses in the country, and the race has been featured in Runner’s World, Silent Sports magazine, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Impeccable organization and course support make it a favorite of first-time runners, while the un-rivaled scenery and the notorious hills of Peninsula State Park offer an enticing challenge for experienced distance runners. This year’s half marathon will feature pace runners for the first time, cleaning up the starting chute and ensuring all runners get a clean start.

Watch for announcements about the Run for A Cause program, which helped runners raise over $10,000 for area non-profits in 2011.

To register for the race visit http://www.doorcountyhalfmarathon.com, where you can view a video of the course and highlights from past years and get all the information you need to plan a fantastic race weekend on the Door Peninsula.