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 and 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 7:30 am, 8:15 am, 9:00 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. Starting in 2021, the post-race party will take place under giant circus tents in the parking lot of Sonny’s Italian Restaurant and adjacent Bayview Park with unlimited pizza, breadsticks, beer, wine and soda.