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 at Gills Rock. The starting line is in front of the Shoreline Restaurant, just up the hill from the Washington Island Ferry parking lot. 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 four waves at 7:30 am, 8:15 am, 9:15 am or 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 finish line celebration will begin at 3 pm at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay beneath a massive big top tent. Participants will cross the finish line directly in front of the party tent to the cheers and jeers of fellow runners. A DJ will be playing music and announcing the names of finishers for the friends, family, teammates and competitors waiting beneath the tent. The finish line buffet will include beer, soda, and pizza. Admission to the party tent is free of charge to participants. Family and friends may enter the tent for a fee – $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 7-17, children age 6 & under are free. The awards ceremony will take place at 6:35 pm.