Run and Ride the Fall: Fall Challenge, Hey Hey 5k Coming Up

After a year without runs and races, it’s time to lace up your running shoes and clip into your pedals for great Door County runs and rides this autumn!

Things kick off this Sunday with the Door County Century Ride out of the Sturgeon Bay Fairgrounds. Then next Saturday, riders head to Sister Bay for the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge. 

A week later, the focus turns to running with the Hey Hey 5K in Baileys Harbor before a short break until the Fall 50 returns Oct. 23, followed by a special fall edition of the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K on Oct. 30. 

Finally, for those planning their Thanksgiving weekend, the One Barrel Fun Run is back in Egg Harbor on Nov. 27. 

Sunday, Sept. 12

Door County Century Ride

Ride is sold out.

Saturday, Sept. 18

Peninsula Century Fall Challenge

Riders pass public art in Egg Harbor. Photo by Len Villano.

Still Room to Ride the Sept. 18 Fall Challenge 

Seeing Door County from the seat of a bike opens your eyes to vistas and hidden gems on roads you’ve driven thousands of times before. Get a new look at the peninsula by riding the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge on Sept. 18. 

The ride will start and end at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park, where great food and beer from One Barrel Brewing Co. will await the finishers. Choose from routes of 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles that wind through the county’s beautiful back roads, along the shoreline and above the bluffs. And do it all with the support of dozens of volunteers and staff to guide you to the finish of your new challenge. The longest route features six rest stops stocked with food, fuel and drinks. 

Register online through Sept. 16 here; in person Sept. 17, 4-7 pm; or in person on race day, Sept. 18, 6-9 am. 

Saturday, Sept. 25

Hey Hey 5K

A group of runners approaches the finish line of Saturday’s Hey Hey 5k in Baileys Harbor. Photo by Len Villano.

Hey Hey 5K Returns Sept. 25

It’s almost time to lace up your running shoes for the sixth edition of the Hey Hey 5K, presented by Door County Brewing Co. in Baileys Harbor.

Registration is still open for the fun run down the backroads of Baileys Harbor, returning Sept. 25 to kick off the town’s Autumnfest celebration. The run will start and end at Door County Brewing Co., where all runners will get a free beer and a Hey Hey 5K pint glass. Additional swag includes a Hey Hey 5K shirt. After the race, stick around Baileys Harbor to enjoy food, a classic auto and motorcycle show, live music and more fun during Baileys Harbor’s Autumnfest. 

Register online before Sept. 23 for $35 ($15 for kids) at On-site registration will also be available at the packet-pickup station at Door County Brewing Co. on Sept. 24, 6-9 pm, or on race morning.

The Hey Hey 5K is named for one of the favorite sayings of Baileys Harbor icon Freddie Kodanko, the late “polka king” who also inspired the name of one of Door County Brewing Co.’s signature beers, the Polka King Porter. Sign up and learn more at today!

Saturday, Oct. 23

Fall 50

Runners in the Fall 50. Photo by Len Villano.

A 50-mile run from the tip of the peninsula to Sturgeon Bay, featuring solo runners and team relays.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K

The Door County Half Marathon has been postponed to Oct. 30, 2021. Photo by Steve Brandt.

Half Marathon Filling Fast

The first – and hopefully only – fall edition of the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K is just around the corner. 

Registration for the special Oct. 30 edition of the runs in Peninsula State Park is open now, and both are filling fast!

The Door County Half Marathon was postponed from its usual date on the first Saturday of May because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“In a perfect world, we would have run in May, but our team is excited to stage a fall race in the park,” said race director Brian Fitzgerald. “As we all know, Peninsula State Park is beautiful any time of year.”

Spots are still open in both events. For those who don’t want to take on the hills, miles and challenge of the 13.1-mile half marathon course, try the Nicolet Bay 5K, which features an out-and-back course that takes runners down a mostly flat road past views of Horseshoe Island and turns around at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. 

All runners will receive a great race shirt and post-race beer from One Barrel Brewing at the finish-line party at Nicolet Bay. Finishers in the half marathon will also receive custom race medals. 

Saturday, Nov. 27

One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run

A Thanksgiving weekend fun run in Egg Harbor. Runners get a free beer, race hoodie, and beer in the taproom.

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