Trail Run, Green Fun

On June 22, Running Green for Crossroads will mark its fourth year of offering the community a sustainable trail run/walk for people of all ages. While Door County’s calendar is full of running events, Running Green for Crossroads has the distinction of being the only trail run in the county.

The event attracts a diverse crowd. There’s a 2k fun run/walk, and 5k and 10k runs with chip timing. “We get everyone at this event from seasoned runners from across the state, to kids, to seniors. We even have moms and dads pushing strollers,” says Gretchen Schmelzer, race director and one of the founders. “It’s truly an intergenerational event.”

The “green” component of the event is important to race planners and participants. Runners and walkers receive t-shirts made in the USA from 100 percent recycled fabric, as well as an energy efficient light bulb and a reusable market bag from Sturgeon Bay Utilities, one of the sponsors. Post event refreshments are donated by local businesses, and include vanilla ice cream, cherries, and granola – all locally grown or produced within 30 miles. Also, every runner receives an evergreen tree for planting, donated by Evergreen Nursery.

Last year, the race drew 375 participants, and race planners expect the event will continue to grow. Despite the crowd, runners will still find themselves on peaceful, beautiful trails surrounded by trees, grasses, and more than a few birds and woodland critters.

Registration is open for Running Green For Crossroads, and volunteers are needed. For more information or to register, visit