The Fall 50

The Fall 50

The Fall 50

( 4 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Door County,
    United States
  • October
  • 50 miles, Relay
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Eric Blasius

Orlando, Florida, United States
46 17
"Best tour of Door County in fall colors!"
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Eric Blasius's thoughts:

The Fall 50 is really the best way to enjoy the peak of the fall colors. If you like relay-style runs, this race is for you. It's casual and fun, and not overly competitive. That helps make it fun for runners of all paces/abilities. The race is from the north end of Door County (Gills Rock) and winds its way down the west side of the peninsula to the southern end in Sturgeon Bay.
Pre-Race: This race sells out the same day it opens, generally in less than an hour. If you're interested in running this race, go to their website and get on their email list so you can stay aware of the registration date. (in 2016, it was April 1st) Various communication is sent out in advance in how to put together your teams, etc.
Expo: There is no big expo, but rather a packet pick-up the day before the race. I had a friend pick up my team's packets, so I can't speak much to this other than knowing he said it is always quick, efficient, and organized.
Race day: The race operates relay-format. So, teams of 5 break up the 10 legs of the race however they would like. Some runners want two legs back-to-back, while others may prefer splitting them up. My team had a mixture of the two. Since the race supports runners of all paces, there are 2-3 start times in order to make sure everyone finishes as close to the same time as possible.
Course: Since it goes through 50 miles, the terrain changes constantly. There are some pretty steep hills, but also quite a few flat areas. I would simply call it "rolling" most of the time. The course stays on roads and sidewalks 98% of the time, but there is at least one small section on a gravel path, and one on some grass. WIth this, keep in mind the race goes on rain or shine.
Finish: as you anticipate your finishing runner approaching the finish line, teams generally run the last .1 with their finishing runner to all enjoy the feeling of finishing together. Everyone wears a time-chipped bib, so team time is calculated from the first runner on your team crossing the start line to the first runner on your team crossing the finish.
Finish Line Party: Once you finish and get your medal (this year was a medal chain again, which I don't really love, but it's still cool), you head into the post-race party where there is a DJ and entertainment, plus unlimited pizza, beer and wine! This is unheard of! I love this part!
Swag: Long-sleved thin hoodie. Two-toned and pretty awesome! Fits a little big, unfortunately.

Overall, I love love this race! It is so fun and they have thought of everything. I've done this race two years in a row and will be back. They also announced that they will be expanding to add three more locations, which is pretty cool! I will be back.

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