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Door County has become a hotbed for silent sports competition and experiences. Whether you want to test yourself in a 5k, step up to a half marathon, or push yourself to tackle a swim, bike and run for 70 combined miles, you can find your challenge on the Door Peninsula.
Here’s a calendar to make your planning easy, with insider tips on why you should run or ride each of these great Door County endurance challenges.
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
13.1 mile run, 5k
Why run it: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful course. Weave your way down a closed road course in Peninsula State Park with nothing but footballs and the sounds of the park around you. There’s a reason Runner’s World, Competitor, and Silent Sports magazines have hailed this as one of their favorite courses.
Door County Y's Blossom Run
5-mile and 2-mile run
Why run it: A great, short early season run through the canopy of Whitecliff Road, with the towering bluffs of the escarpment to the east, and beautiful shoreline homes to the west.
10k run and 2 mile fun run
Why run it: Run, then enjoy the first big festival of the season with cherry specialties and great music and food as the quiet side perks up for the day.
5k, 10k, and kids run
Why run it: A run that ends with a bacon festival needs no other motivation.
50 mile relay run from Sturgeon Bay to Luxemburg on the Ahnapee Trail.
Why run it: Relays are awesome, and this one takes you down the historical repurposed Ahnapee and Western Railroad tracks.
25,50,62, 100 mile bike rides
Why ride it: The course is beautiful, but the food is better, with small bites from local chefs at each aid station along the way and a full meal from Thyme Cuisine at the finish line on the Door County Beer Festival.
10k, 5k, and 2k trail run
Why run it: Door County’s only trail run, making it easy on the joints as you run through the woods, meadows, and orchards in and around Crossroads at Big Creek.
Why run it: To earn your party on the 4th, and to get an up-close look at the grand homes of Cottage Row on the final mile back to Fish Creek.
2-mile, 4-mile run
Why Run it: Proceeds help support the Brussels Union Medical Responders, then enjoy Belgian pies and booyah in a celebration of Southern Door’s Belgian heritage.
Youth Triathlon, July 15
Sprint Distance, July 15
Half-Iron Distance, July 16
Why take it on: To test yourself. This grueling challenge will test your metal with two brutal climbs in the final 13.1-mile running leg, but a post-race tiki party on the beach at Horseshoe Bay is a nice reward.
10k, 5k, and 2k walk/ run
Why run it: To get a taste of island life with a trip across Death’s Door and a run through the quiet countryside on island time.
Sept. 8 & 9
Sturgeon Bay Fairgrounds
Why ride it: Door County’s largest century ride ends with football on the big screens in the big house at the county fairgrounds. Kill a couple thousand calories and feel good about a few beers and football in the afternoon.
Why ride it: Amazing local food at each rest stop, Door County Brewing Co. beer at the finish, and it’s all staged at Sister Bay’s beautiful Waterfront Park and Pavilion, as scenic a finish line as you’ll ever ride into.
Why run it: For some reason, it makes a beer before 9 am seem socially acceptable.
Quarter marathon, 5k run/walk, and 1/3-mile Smokey Bear Run
Why run it: Get a great tour of the too often overlooked Potawatomi State Park.
Why run it: The course is the best fall tour of the peninsula you could create, with 50 miles of roads canopied in fall color, and a massive post-run dance party under the big tents at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay.
4, 2, 1 and 1/2-mile run
Why run it: This is your final chance to compete in 2018, so take advantage of it before the winter chill sets in.
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