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Whether you’re a hard core athlete, or just looking to challenge yourself with something new, there’s nothing better than crossing the finish line for that sense of accomplishment. Unless you have also booked a Door County vacation home to go to afterwards. Then that is definitely better! My family has been doing that for years with other family members and friends and it truly makes for lasting memories and the best of vacations. From marathons and triathlons, to beer strolls and fun runs, Door County has a number of races for you to choose from. Here are three of the big ones to consider!

The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k

“The church of trees.” That’s how my friend Rebecca describes The Door County Half Marathon that winds through gorgeous Peninsula State Park in early May. “When you’re running though the trees, it’s beautiful and incredible and unlike anything you’ve seen anywhere else.”

She also likes that it’s a smaller run with friendly pace teams and repeat runners. You’ll meet people on the run and then connect with them at the after party. “There’s nothing better than sitting around on the grass having a beer and talking about the race you just all experienced.” If the half marathon is too much, run or walk the 5k to not miss out on the fun!

Door County Triathlon: sprint and half iron

Sandy shorelines. Beautiful bluffs. Challenging courses. For 12 years I participated in the Door County Triathlon. We brought our kids when they were little to play on the beach. Then one of them signed up!

I first signed up for the sprint after looking for a way to push myself beyond a 5k that didn’t involve more running. It was scary. But also thrilling. My favorite part was crossing the finish line, drinking a beer with my friends and family and then going back to our vacation rental. Seriously the best part! We were lucky enough to find a place on the water. We cooked our own meals, enjoyed the beach, sipped some margaritas and watched the kids play in the sand and water. Here’s my niece Ani at her first Tri!

The Fall 50: An all day scenic running adventure

Not a ultramarathon runner? No worries. 50 miles might sound daunting, but the fun part of this race is running with your friends, your coworkers, or in this case, your siblings! Our friends Candice and Courtney participated in The Fall 50 a few years ago with their sister and two brothers. They had such a great time, and loved the energy of the event so much, that they are signing up again this year! For them it was a great bonding experience, especially now that some of them have scattered to other parts of the country.

The Fall 50 takes place during one of the county’s most beautiful times of the year. Folks flock to see the fall colors. This is a unique opportunity to see 50 miles of colors by foot! It also has a good mix of easy and hard legs so you can cater to the different fitness levels of your team. Start training now!

These are just three of the big races in Door County. You’ll find fun runs sprinkled throughout the year and throughout the county. Be sure to check into the Hairpin 5k on the 4th of July in Fish Creek, the Hey Hey 5k at Door County Brewing in Baileys Harbor in September, and even the Fruit Loop fun run during Winterfest in early February.

Plan your run and then book your Door County vacation rental for a complete and memorable experience.

Rae

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