OVERVIEW

The journey of the Fall 50 begins at the ferry launch at the “Top O’ the Thumb”, the tip of the Door County peninsula at Gills Rock. The course route hugs the scenic western shoreline of the Door peninsula. While most of the course stays on the scenic back roads along the shoreline, it occasionally ventures onto Highway 42 in order to pass through the heart of the quaint communities that make up the western side of the peninsula, including:

  • Ellison Bay
  • Sister Bay
  • Ephraim
  • Peninsula Park
  • Fish Creek
  • Egg Harbor

ROAD SURFACE

The entire Fall 50 course route is paved asphalt. There are no trails or gravel roads on this route. The portions of the course along the highway offer flat gravel shoulders to run on while most of the back roads do not.

ROAD CLOSURES

NONE! The course IS NOT closed to motor vehicles. Be alert to the possible presence of motorists throughout the entire course.

EXCHANGE POINTS

Exchange points must be used for team hand-offs. For safety reasons, exchanging outside of these points is prohibited. All nine of the exchange points offer ample parking, volunteers, bathroom facilities, food and drink, and a designated hand off point.

ON COURSE FOOD DRINK

Every exchange point will offer cups, water, Gatorade, Clif Bars, oranges, bananas, apples, and chocolate chip cookies. Exchange #5 (mile 28) at Villagio’s Italian Restaurant in Juddville will offer the “Half Way Buffet” with hot soup, sandwiches and heavy snacks in addition to the fruit and Clif Bars.

TO CLARIFY: The on course food and beverage will be set up in a SELF-SERVE format. There will be no water station teams handing out cups of water or Gatorade. This is a relay/ultra, not a marathon.

COURSE SIGNAGE

Red Fall 50 signs will be located at every turn and mile marker along the entire course. Always run on whichever side of the road the course signs are located on. In most cases, you will be running against the motor vehicle traffic along busier stretches of roadway.

GEAR CHECK

Gear check will be available for solo runners at The Draft House in Sturgeon Bay during registration/packet pick up on Friday and at the start line on Saturday morning. There will be gear check bags available along with numbered bins that will be delivered to the corresponding exchange points on Saturday.

LEG

DESTINATION

DIFFICULTY

MILEAGE

1

Ellison Bay Grand View Overlook

Medium

5.4

2

Sister Bay (ShopKo Hometown Store)

High

6.2

3

Peninsula Park – Nicolet Bay

High

7.2

4

Gibraltar High School

Medium

5.0

5

Villagio’s Restaurant (Juddville)

Medium

5.0

6

Egg Harbor Dock

Low

3.8

7

Murphy Park

Low

4.1

8

Chateau Hutter (5609 Bay Shore Drive)

Low

6.1

9

George Pinney Park (aka Old Stone Quarry)

Medium

3.0

10

Sunset Park (Finish)

Low

4.4

TOTAL

50.2

LEG #1

  • Start at Gill Rock (Shoreline Restaurant parking lot)
  • South on Highway 42
  • Right on Cottage Road
  • Right on Garrett Bay Road
  • Right on Garrett Bay Hill Road
  • Right on Highway 42 through Ellison Bay

**EXCHANGE #1: Ellison Bay Grand View Overlook **

LEG #2

  • Continue south on Highway 42
  • Right on Porcupine Bay Road
  • Left on Beach Road
  • Right on Hwy. 42
  • Through Sister Bay and up Sister Bay Hill
  • Left onto bike/pedestrian trail
  • South along trail

**EXCHANGE #2: ShopKo Hometown Store**

LEG #3

  • Continue south on Highway 42 out of Sister Bay
  • Climb Little Sister Hill (steepest hill on course)
  • Continue south on Highway 42 through Ephraim
  • Right into Peninsula Park Golf Course
  • Continue on Shore Road to Nicolet Bay

**EXCHANGE #3: Peninsula Park, Nicolet Bay parking lot**

LEG #4

  • Continue on Shore Road
  • Just after Weborg Point, turn left onto Sunset Trail.
  • Follow markers along trail to back of Gibraltar High School.

**EXCHANGE #4: Gibraltar High School**

LEG #5

  • Right onto Highway 42
  • Continue on Highway 42 / Main Street through Fish Creek.
  • Left on Cottage Row up Hairpin Hill
  • Right on Gibraltar Bluff
  • Left on Peninsula Players
  • Right on Highway 42
  • Right on Juddville Road

**EXCHANGE #5: Villagio’s Italian Restaurant**

LEG #6

  • Continue west on Juddville Road
  • Left on White Cliff Road
  • Continue right on White Cliff Road
  • Right onto Dock Road

**EXCHANGE #6: Egg Harbor Boat Dock**

LEG #7

  • Exit Egg Harbor Boat Dock up hill
  • Right on Horseshoe Bay Road (County G)
  • Continue south on Horseshoe Bay Road to Murphy Park

**EXCHANGE #7: Murphy Park**

LEG #8

  • Continue south on County B ( Bay Shore Drive)

**EXCHANGE #8: Chateau Hutter (5609 Bay Shore Drive)**

LEG #9

  • Continue south on County B ( Bay Shore Drive)

**EXCHANGE #9: George Pinney Park (aka Old Stone Quarry Park)**

LEG #10

  • Continue south on County B
  • At city limits of Sturgeon Bay, turn right on Alabama
  • At end of Alabama, turn left into Sunset Park
  • At end of parking lot, follow path along shipping channel
  • Follow signs (and noise!) to finish area

THE END!!!