The Fall 50 is designed to be a daylong running adventure set against the colorful backdrop of Door County, Wisconsin during peak Fall colors. Participants may compete as members of a team of 2-5 runners or as a solo ultra-marathoner.
The course starts at the northern tip of the Door County peninsula. The starting line in 2020 is in front of the Washington Island Ferry launch in Northport. The course travels south primarily on back roads along the western shoreline. It passes through quaint villages and beautiful park areas including Ellison Bay, Sister Bay, Ephraim, Peninsula Park, Fish Creek, Juddville, Egg Harbor, Murphy Park, Little Harbor, Old Stone Quarry Park and finally Sturgeon Bay.
The Fall 50 has a wave start. All solo runners will start at 6:30 am while the teams will start in one of five waves at 7:20 am, 8:00 am, 8:40 am, 9:20 am and 10:00 am. In the first week of October, the teams will be assigned a start time based on their anticipated “team pace”, with the slowest teams starting earlier and the fastest teams starting later. This approach will concentrate the arrival of most participants to the finish line between 4 and 6 pm on Saturday. Team pace is calculated by taking the average of the team members’ paces.
The Fall 50 finish line will be on the Old Steel (Michigan Street) Bridge in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The bridge is on the national register of historic places. In 2020, due to Covid concerns, the party will consist of to go pizza and beverages (beer, wine or soda) handed out from a large tent in the Sonny’s Italian Restaurant parking lot. Each team captain will receive pull tags on their bibs for one 20-inch party pizza and two six-packs of beverages. Each solo runner will receive pull tags for one pizza and one six-pack of beverages. By ordinance, downtown Sturgeon Bay is a Walking Area Entertainment District which means open alcohol is permitted by law. Teams may enjoy the food and beverage on the bridge while listening to music and watching other runners finish, in one of the many nearby parks, in their hotel room nearby, or in the car if they’re in a hurry to get home. There will be no awards ceremony following this year’s event and all awards will be mailed out to the recipients.