Saturday, May 6, 2023 • Fish Creek, WI • Course Map
Shaded by trees throughout much of the course and featuring views of the waters of Wisconsin’s Green Bay on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, the Door County Half Marathon & Nicolet Bay 5K takes runners along the paved pathways and park roads of Peninsula State Park, a 3,776-acre park that lies nestled on the northern end of the state’s Door County Peninsula.
Often called “the Cape Cod of the Midwest,” the park offer abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation from the spring through the summer and fall seasons, including an 18-hole golf course, an island just off the park’s northern coast, hiking throughout the trails that wind through the park, and camping at any of the more than 400 campsites located throughout the park’s forests.
Like the 5K race, the half marathon starts and finishes at Nicolet Beach, which overlooks the waters of Nicolet Bay on the park’s northeastern corner. From there, runners follow a winding loop route that heads first westward and then southward along the park’s northern edge, along Shore Road.
Just after passing the mile 2 marker, runners then turn onto Bluff Road and head back along the shoreline, and turn again onto the road that leads to the Blossomburg Cemetery.
The race organizers describe the park’s hills as “challenging,” and it’s here that runners will begin to encounter the first big rise in elevation, as they pass the cemetery and turn left onto Middle Road, as they’re passing through mile markers 4 and 5.
The next few miles take runners into the park’s interior and remain hilly, with stretches along Skyline Road, Hemlock Road and Highland Road before heading back toward the shoreline for the return route back to the finish line.
After the field passes the mile 10 marker, the course then features big downhill to the 11th mile, after which runners then head back along the route they ran in the early part of the race to the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the northern end of Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula, the town of Fish Creek typically experiences mild to cool weather conditions in May, with temperatures typically ranging from the upper 30s to the upper 50s.
On race day (May 6), the average low is 36°F and the average high is 50°F.
- 2022 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2021 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Door County Half Marathon Results
- 10:00 AM – half marathon
- 10:15 AM – 5K
- $65 – $80 for the half marathon
- $35 – $45 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Fish Creek’s Door County Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
Official Race Website
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