Neri, Kowalke Cruise to Half Marathon Wins

The top prize in the 15th annual Door County Half Marathon stayed local Saturday when Sevastopol graduate Eduardo Neri cruised to victory. The 29-year-old finished 1:18 ahead of four-time winner Rodee Schneider, and Zachary Jindra took third in 1:17:53.

Eduardo Neri of Sturgeon Bay cruised to victory during the 15th Door County Half Marathon on Saturday. Photo by Rachel Lukas.
Caitlin Kowalke finished the 15th Door County Half Marathon in record time. Photo by Rachel Lukas.

Fourth overall was claimed by women’s winner Caitlin Kowalke of Shorewood, Wisconsin. Kowalke destroyed the previous women’s course record – held by Hanna Christensen – by 3:47, finishing in 1:18:18. Two-time winner Relena Ribbons, who also bested Christensen’s mark, followed Kowalke, finishing in 1:21:42. Maggie Priebe placed third in 1:23:22.

More than 1,500 runners registered for the race in Peninsula State Park on Saturday, and 1,217 finished the event. Another 814 registered for the Nicolet Bay 5K, and 680 finished.

A light drizzle couldn’t dampen spirits at the finish line of the 15th Door County Half Marathon on Saturday. Photo by Rachel Lukas.

Kevin Boyle posted the fifth-fastest time in the history of the 5K, finishing in 16:29, and Lynn Fitzsimmons won the women’s side in 22:17.

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The Door County Half Marathon will return for its 16th edition on Saturday, May 4, 2024, and registration will open in October.


(Name, age, finishing time in hours:minutes:seconds)


1. Eduardo Neri, 29, 1:14:23

2. Rodee Schneider, 41, 1:15:41

3. Zachary Jindra, 28, 1:17:53

4. Shane Reilly, 29, 1:19:11

5. Tim Brinkmann, 31, 1:19:16

Deb Davis took first place in her age group while running for the Sue Baldwin Fund during the Door County Half Marathon. Photo by Rachel Lukas.
Two-time winner Relena Ribbons finished second in the 2023 Door County Half Marathon. Photo by Rachel Lukas.


1. Caitlin Kowalke, 33, 1:18:18

2. Relena Ribbons, 35, 1:21:42

3. Maggie Priebe, 31, 1:23:22

4. Katie Peterson, 30, 1:28:43

5. Raissa Ashman, 29, 1:32:44


(Name, age, finishing time in minutes:seconds)


1. Kevin Boyle, 27, 16:29

2. Scott Cayo, 35, 17:41

3. Dylan Schielke, 27, 18:29

4. Brian Busse, 45, 19:40

5. Scott Rauch, 37, 19:57


1. Lynn Fitzsimmons, 56, 22:17

2. Sara Kaiser, 27, 22:25

3. Kat Nelson, 12, 22:25

4. Lucy Nelson, 10, 22:27

5. Danielle Luedtke, 44, 24:30

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