• Silent Sports Column: Ironman Isn’t Everything

    This weekend I am in Madison racing in Ironman Wisconsin. The race is considered by the uninitiated as one of the toughest of all endurance events, with Madison’s bike course boasting one of the hilliest on the Ironman circuit. It will be roughly a 12-hour day consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and […]

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    Silent Sports Column: Losing Daylight

    On the Thursday night group ride last week, it was the first time this summer that the question of which route we would take was met with, “Well how much sunlight do we have?” It is inevitable that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, but that doesn’t necessarily mean workouts […]

  • Marinafest, Duathlon and More Plans for Labor Day Weekend in Door County

    It’s nearly Labor Day weekend in Door County and as always, a cause for celebration on the peninsula. Looking for some fun and interesting things to do? We’ve got you covered: Friday, Sept.

  • Sturgeon Bay is World’s Bass Capital

    “When an 8.45-pound fish wins big bass — and that fish is a smallmouth — heads turn. That’s exactly what happened at a local tournament on this section of Lake Michigan last year. In that very same two-day tournament, it took 67.13 pounds to win (an average of almost 34 pounds per day). If you […]

  • A Sport Built On Determination

    Born on the sidewalks of California in the late 1940s by surfers looking for something to do when the waves were flat (according to Skateboarding Magazine), skateboarding has cruised its way into the mainstream sports category alongside basketball, baseball and football. For the first few decades, its popularity ebbed and flowed, largely driven by the […]

  • Did the Packers Championship Window Just Close?

    In the wake of the Packers loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, I’ve struggled to fight the feeling that the Aaron Rodgers championship window just slammed shut. I like to think about teams that have rebounded from similarly devastating losses – The 2014 San Antonio Spurs, the 2013 Baltimore Ravens, the […]

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    Oh, to Slip the Surly Bonds

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – And done a hundred things you have not dreamed of – Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting […]

  • 25 Years of Running Wild at Potawatomi State Park

    For the past 24 years, runners of all ages have gathered at Potawatomi State Park to take part in Run Wild – the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Potawatomi State Park.

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    Jesus “Chewy” Jauregui is Door County’s Own Horse Whisperer

    Nineteen minutes into the documentary Wild Horse, Wild Ride, the screen is filled with a magnificent summer blue sky marbled with cauliflower-like cumulus clouds and the words “Door County, Wisconsin” pop onto the screen. Then we see Jesus “Chewy” Jauregui for the first time at his 20-acre ranch on County A, with his wild mustang, […]

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    The Clear Bottom Kayaking Experience

    On any given summer’s day in Door County, someone is enjoying a silent sport, and with endless miles of shoreline, inland lakes and rivers, Door County is a fitting home for kayakers. Even without searching for them, kayaks are everywhere – stores, brochures, beachfronts, atop cars, leaning against garages, etc. There is only one place […]

  • Peninsula’s Vita Course

    Let’s face it:  working out in a gym can get pretty dull sometimes. The incandescent lighting, the sterile machinery, the four walls, the TVs that are on but don’t actually produce any sound. All of it combined can make working out feel like, well, a lot of work, rather than something enjoyable. Now imagine all […]

  • Experience the Thrills of Skydive Door County

    On a sunny day with low wind, the plane ascends to 11,000 feet. You’re harnessed and hooked to the tandem master. The gear – harness, hooks, and parachutes – rank right up there with military grade hardware. The plane door opens, and you prepare to jump. The freefall – that’s the most exhilarating part. Maybe […]

  • Kiteboarding

    If most Americans read or heard that on any given day, chances are they wouldn’t have a clue what it meant. But the simple Facebook post by a Door County kiteboarder would have his friends over to Anclam Beach in Baileys Harbor within an hour. Like a mountain town sub-culture where the forecast for a […]

  • Salute the Sun

    They call it a “salute to the sun,” yet all too often it is done indoors. While there are many benefits to doing yoga in a more structured environment – certainly the rain sometimes necessitates a roof – when summer hits Door County there’s no better place to stretch than outside. If your yoga mat […]

  • Making Waves

    With its reputation for brats, beer and frigid football games, it’s hard to believe that the Midwest – Door County included – is gaining notoriety for stand up paddle surfing, a water sport that conjures images of bikini bods, washboard stomachs and sunny, surf culture. While surfing can be traced back to Polynesian roots, it’s […]

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    Profit through Patience

    The Door County Triathlon didn’t produce a dime for the Door County YMCA or Door County Parks System in 2005, its first year. The event was staged at Frank Murphy County Park and used other county park system facilities. The YMCA provided support, promotion, and dozens of volunteers. But after all was said and done, […]

  • An Idiot’s Lament: Missing the Hilander Cup

    It’s a grueling day on the ice, a test of wills, a test of stamina, a test of hamstrings and groins. Unfortunately, I already failed that test.
    Today the Northern Door Broomball League crowns a new

  • Small Town Girl Runs with the Big Dogs

    Most elite runners arrive at events wearing high tech running gear in the company of their personal trainers and coaches. Wendi Ray travels with her parents and carries gloves that sometimes have holes in them. But unlike some of her picture perfect competition, Ray is one of the top women marathoners in the United States; […]

  • Opening the Door Wider to Kayakers

    With its ample shoreline and waterways, Door County makes for a natural destination for paddle sport enthusiasts. From Cave Point to Kangaroo Lake and from the Sturgeon Bay canal to the Mink River, Door County holds wonderful treasures for those who like to explore the great outdoors via canoeing and kayaking. In fact, the kayaking […]

  • Losing the Battle – When Family Inches Toward Bears Fandom

    Last month my sister Barb got married to a Baltimorian.

    It’s hard for me to believe, but she’s lived in the Charm City for eight years now, and has largely adopted Baltimore teams as her own.