The 11th annual Fall 50 road race took place in peak colors with perfect running weather Oct. 22 in Door County, Wis.
Chase Nowak of Plymouth, Minn. cruised to victory in 5:46:49, a pace of 6:57 per mile. On the women’s side, Jamie Blumentritt of Eagan, Minn. won the women’s race with a time of 7:30:50, a 9:10 per mile pace. She topped Nora Bird by just under seven minutes.
The race featured 84 solo competitors who completed the entire 50-mile course from Gills Rock to Sturgeon Bay, and an additional 450 team relay runners. The air was crisp, with temperatures in the high 30s at the start, and skies were partly cloudy.
Blumentritt said there’s no better way to see Door County.
“I absolutely love Door County, it’s so gorgeous there,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite places to be. What better way to see it than to start at the tip and run all the way down it. It’s super peaceful, and really fun running through all those small little towns.”
More than 90 percent of 2,000-plus participants in the Fall 50 travel to the race from outside Door County, staying in lodging facilities up and down the peninsula. The race ends with an all-you-can-eat and drink party at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay. It sold out in less than 20 minutes in April.
Full race results are available at Fall50.com.
The 2017 Fall 50 Door County will be held Oct. 21, 2017, and 11 years after the Fall 50 was launched in the popular Midwest vacation destination of Door County, founder Sean Ryan announced that the race will expand to new regions in 2017.
“People ask me if I’ll expand the race, and my answer has always been that we can’t handle more people on the Door County course,” Ryan said. “Then a friend said, ‘No Sean, when are you going to expand to other destinations?’ That lit a light bulb for me.”