Door County Motivations

Door County Half Marathon features scenic views from Peninsula State Park.

Last issue, we gave you a list of winter sports leagues you might want to check out to keep you active through the winter months. This issue, we look long range at a few endurance events offered on the peninsula that you might want to consider as the light at the end of your winter tunnel.

If you want a less solitary pursuit of your training goals there’s a running group that meets twice a week at the Fish Creek Y. Bill Johnson leads a group run from the Y that meets Monday and Friday mornings at 8:30 am.

Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k

• May 7, 2011

The fourth annual Half Marathon takes runners atop the bluffs of Peninsula State Park and along the Lake Michigan shoreline through 13.1 extraordinary miles. Registration is limited to 1,500 runners in the Half Marathon and 500 in the 5k, both of which filled last year, so plan ahead. The closed road course is a great intro for new runners, while the hills provide a steep challenge to veterans. The Door County Half Marathon is a great early spring kick-off to the Midwest running season.

Ride for Nature to Benefit the Ridges Sanctuary

• June 18, 2011

Last year the Ride for Nature welcomed its largest crowd of bicyclists in its 22-year history, with nearly 400 hitting the back roads of Northern Door County in 25, 50, and 100-mile routes, plus a 15-mile family ride. With plenty of rest stops, great food, and incredible scenery, this no-pressure event is a great way to experience Door County and get in shape.

Door County Triathlon

• Sprint Distance, July 16

• Half-Iron Distance, July 17

Participants of the Door County Triathlon bike 56 miles.

Don’t let the “half”-iron moniker fool you – this triathlon is a full challenge. A 1.2-mile swim is followed by a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run to top it off. If you’re going to take on this beast, you should start planning – and hitting the Y – by early 2011.

For those wanting a 101-level Intro to Triathlon course, you may want to tackle the sprint, with a quarter-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run.

The event that started a wave of Door County endurance events is staged at Murphy Park in Egg Harbor and just keeps getting bigger. Last year over 2,000 athletes registered for the two distances.

Blossom Run

• April 30, 2011

If you’re just getting into running, or are looking for a less-daunting motivational challenge, Door County’s slate of events offers an abundance of shorter runs to help you get your toe in the running waters. The first of the year is the Door County Y’s 18th annual Blossom Run.

The run features 5-mile, 2-mile, and a 1-mile youth fun run, all of which are staged at the new Egg Harbor Marina.