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THE FALL 50 is a 50-mile running adventure for solo ultra-marathoners and teams of up to five runners. The course route begins at the northernmost tip of the peninsula and travels down the western shoreline along scenic back roads to the population center in Sturgeon Bay. The event ends with an outrageous party set under a tent along the shipping channel at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay.

Registration for the October 24, 2015 Door County Fall 50 will open on April 1, 2015 at Noon CST.  This year’s capacity will be 300 solo runners (no change) and 500 teams, up 10% from last year.  CLICK HERE for registration fees and other details.  Despite rumors to the contrary, Sean Ryan is still the owner and race director of the Fall 50.  He has neither moved to Boston nor relinquished his responsibilities to the endurance athletes in northeastern Wisconsin.  Hope to see you all at the party!

The 2014 Door County Fall 50 Event Guide is now available online.  It has the individual leg maps and lots of useful information for team members and captains.  CLICK HERE or on the image below to download the event guide in pdf format.  Full-color, printed copies of the event guide will be available at packet pick up on race weekend.


2014 Fall50 Event Guide Cover

Start time assignments for this year’s Door County Fall 50 are now posted to the event website.  See button on the right side.


SOLO RUNNERS: All solo runners will begin at 7:00 am to afford them the maximum amount of daylight possible to complete the event. The course closes at 6 pm so there is an 11 hour time limit for solo runners, requiring a minimum pace of 13:12 per mile to finish.


RELAY TEAM RUNNERS: Teams are assigned to three start times at 8 am, 9 am and 10 am with the slowest teams beginning at 8 am, the middle third beginning at 9 am and the fastest beginning at 10 am.   The slowest teams (8 am wave) must average a pace of no slower than 12 minutes per mile to finish prior to 6 pm.  The anticipated team paces shown in the table and the projected finish times are calculated based on the average pace of the individual team members, information that the participants provided to usTo avoid having your team race packet lost, do not change your team name between now and race day.


WORRIED ABOUT YOUR START TIME?… Based on the calculations, ALL teams should be able to finish between 3 pm and 6 pm on race day. Each year, we are contacted by team captains who experience unplanned roster changes in October and worry that these changes will jeopardize their ability to finish prior to sunset/course closure at 6 pm. Team captains who experience unplanned roster changes that slow their anticipated pace are advised to rearrange their leg assignments to address the problem. In other words, assign the longer and/or hillier legs to the stronger runners on your team. Adapting to changing circumstances is part of the challenge, folks!




STILL NEED TO MAKE ROSTER CHANGES?… DON’T PANIC! Teams may continue to change their roster, transfer their team to someone else, and update information online through Friday, October 17th at midnight.  Teams may also make last minute changes and substitutions on Friday or Saturday of event weekend.  IF YOU MAKE ROSTER CHANGES–ESPECIALLY ONES THAT CHANGE THE AGE AND/OR GENDER COMPOSITION OF YOUR TEAM–PLEASE LET US KNOW SO YOU DON’T MESS UP THE RESULTS FOR EVERYBODY. (Yeah, at least one team does this every year. Duh.)

No April Fool’s Joke…Registration for the relay categories (both pairs and team) of the ninth annual Door County Fall 50 reached its full capacity of 450 teams just one hour after registration opened at Noon on Tuesday, April 1st.  In order to limit congestion and maintain safety at the start line, at the finish line and at the rest stations along the course, ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE RELAY EVENTS. The team capacity was increased from 360 teams to 450 teams this year based on logistical improvements to accommodate more people implemented last year.  Registration for the Solo (one person) Division of the 50-mile ultra-marathon remains open but is limited to a 300-participant capacity this year. Please note that participants MAY NOT switch between the Solo Division and the Team/Pairs Division nor can they merge to form a team. The Fall 50 does not accept cancellations although team captains may elect to sell their team if they so choose. For this reason, ORGANIZERS DO NOT MAINTAIN A WAIT LIST. People wanting to buy or sell team entries are encouraged to post on the event’s Facebook page (see link on this page).

On December 7th, USA Track & Field’s Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council awarded the 2014 and 2015 50 Mile Road Championships to the Door County Fall 50.

There were two races bidding to host the race.  The other race, the Tussey Mountainback Relay in Pennsylvania, has hosted the event for the past six years.  The bid by Fall 50 organizers includes a $12,000 prize purse to be split among the top five male and female finishers in the open and masters divisions of the race.

Race Director Sean Ryan said, “We’re honored to be selected for hosting this event.  It’s a testimony to the hard work put forth by the staff and volunteers of this race that we were chosen.  We look forward to putting on a great event and elevating the profile of Door County nationally in the running community.”


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