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:

  • Northport
  • Gills Rock
  • Ellison Bay
  • Sister Bay
  • Ephraim
  • Peninsula Park
  • Fish Creek
  • Egg Harbor
  • Carlsville

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 26) 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 Stone Harbor Resort 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

Gills Rock Town Park

Low

3.0

2

Ellison Bay Grand View Overlook

Medium

5.5

3

ShopKo Hometown Store (closed) in Sister Bay

High

6.3

4

Gibraltar Town Hall (Overflow Lot)

High

7.5

5

Villagio’s Italian Restaurant (Juddville)

Medium

4.6

6

Egg Harbor Dock

Low

3.9

7

Murphy Park

Low

4.0

8

Chateau Hutter (5609 Bay Shore Drive)

High

6.6

9

George Pinney Park (aka Old Stone Quarry)

Low

2.9

10

Michigan Street Bridge (Finish) in Sturgeon Bay

Low

5.7

TOTAL

50.0

LEG #1

  • Start at Washington Island Ferry Launch in Northport, Wisconsin.
  • Head south (with traffic) on right side of Highway 42.
  • Turn right on E. Wisconsin Bay Road.
  • Continue on W. Wisconsin Bay Road.
  • Rest station will be on left side.

**EXCHANGE #1: Gills Rock Town Park **

LEG #2

  • Continue south on W. Wisconsin Bay Road.
  • Turn right (south) on Highway 42.
  • Turn right on Cottage Road.
  • Turn right on Garrett Bay Road.
  • Turn right on Garrett Bay Hill Road.
  • Turn right on Highway 42.
  • Continue south on Highway 42 through Ellison Bay.

**EXCHANGE #2: Ellison Bay Grand View Overlook **

LEG #3

  • Exit Overlook Area turning left on Hanson Road.
  • Turn right on Porcupine Bay Road.
  • Turn left on Beach Road.
  • Turn right on Hwy. 42
  • Continue through Sister Bay and up Sister Bay Hill.
  • Follow bike/pedestrian trail west/southbound through village.

**EXCHANGE #3: ShopKo Hometown Store**

LEG #4

  • Continue south on Highway 42 out of Sister Bay.
  • Run (or walk) up Little Sister Hill (steepest hill on course).
  • Continue south on Highway 42 through Ephraim.
  • Continue south on Highway 42 past Peninsula Park Golf Course.
  • Continue south onto Main Street in Fish Creek to the Town Hall.

**EXCHANGE #4: Gibraltar Town Hall Overflow Lot**

LEG #5

  • Continue west on Highway 42 / Main Street through Fish Creek.
  • Turn right on Spruce Street.
  • Turn left on Cottage Row.
  • Run (or walk) up Hairpin Hill.
  • Turn right on Gibraltar Bluff.
  • Turn left on Peninsula Players.
  • Turn right on Highway 42.
  • Turn right into parking lot of Villagio’s Restaurant at Hwy. 42 & Juddville Road.

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

LEG #6

  • Continue west on Juddville Road.
  • Left on White Cliff Road.
  • Continue straight on White Cliff Road to Egg Harbor Dock.

**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).
  • Turn left on Monument Point Road.
  • Curve right onto Bluffledge Road.
  • Turn right on Carlsville Road.
  • Turn left onto 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 Sunset Park, continue south on County B / N. 3rd Avenue.
  • Turn right on Kentucky Street.
  • Turn left on N. 1st Avenue. Note: Teams reunite here!
  • Turn right onto Michigan Street, through cones, and onto Michigan Street Bridge.
  • Follow signs (and noise!) across bridge to finish line.

THE END!!!