Welcome to the 2021 Fall 50 - Solo Division event page!
Whether you are a 50-mile veteran of the Fall 50 Solo event, thinking about signing up, or just curious about what it's all about, this is the place to be. Over the months ahead, refer to this page to keep up-to-date on all things SOLO and to connect with other solo runners.
Read on for more information on the Fall 50 Solo event.
OVERVIEW / REGISTRATION
The 15th Annual Fall 50 will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, and runs through the beautiful fall colors and charming villages of Door County, Wisconsin, from Gills Rock to Sturgeon Bay. This is a point-to-point road ultra that offers rolling hills, scenic views, and the potential for a 50-mile PR! An epic after party waits for you at the finish line. Don't miss out! Registration opens April 1, 2021 at 12:00p.m. (noon CST)
Please note: The Fall 50 also comprises a Relay Division. For more information on that, as well as the Solo, go to our website: www.fall50.com.
SHUTTLE to START
Solo runners have the option of taking a coach bus to the start line for $15. The buses will arrive to Stone Harbor Resort (host hotel) at 4:45 am and depart promptly at 5:00 a.m. on race morning. The shuttle will arrive to the start line at Gills Rock by 6:00 a.m., well before the 6:30 a.m. start.
This year, we will be streamlining our drop bag options. Due to under-utilization in the past, we will NOT be doing drop bags at every aid station this year. Drop bags will be accessible at Mile 18.8 (Exchange 3), Mile 28.2 (Exchange 5), Mile 42.8 (Exchange 8) and at the Finish. You may drop off your drop bags at Packet Pickup at Stone Harbor Resort on Friday or at the start line on Saturday morning. Look for the giant red bins.
START / COURSE CUTOFF
Solo runners have 12 hours to complete the Solo Event. The race will start at 6:30 a.m., and runners must finish by 6:30 p.m. to be considered an official finisher. That means runners must maintain a 14:20 per mile pace for the 50.2 miles.
Every station will have a dedicated Solo Runners Only tent with food and fluids. Items will include water, Gatorade, Coke, pretzels, oranges, bananas, apples, bagels, chocolate chip cookies, M&M’s, Jolly Ranchers, Clif Bars, and Clif Shot Bloks.
In addition, Exchange #5 will offer the “Half Way Buffet” with hot chicken noodle soup (or chicken broth), PB&J sandwiches, and snacks in addition to the items listed above.
Sunrise will be at 7:16 a.m. on race day, with civil twilight beginning at 6:46 a.m., so you will be required to have either a headlamp or flashlight for the first 30 minutes of the race. If desired, you will be able to drop off your light at mile 5.4 (Exchange 1). We will have a box marked for that purpose. Make sure to have your headlamp/flashlight labeled with your name and bib number before placing it in the box.
Sunset is at 5:46p.m. and civil twilight ends at 6:17 p.m. Make sure you have a headlamp for the final miles if you will be near the 6:30p.m. cutoff.
You will be able to pick up your headlamp/flashlight under the Solo Finisher tent when you are done.
We do allow participants to have friends and family supporting them along the route. They can cheer you on; hand out food, beverage, or clothing; and take possession of any items you drop or hand off but ONLY IN THE AID STATION AREAS. Aid given outside of the aid stations areas is strictly prohibited.
NO PACERS ALLOWED!
NO pacers are allowed. Friends and family may not run, walk, or bike with you on the course. They may not give you any aid between aid stations. This is cause for runner disqualification!
SOLO FINISHER TENT and PARTY
SOLO FINISHER TENT:
We are very excited again to offer a Solo Runner Finisher tent again this year. It will be located immediately after the finish chute. This heated tent will include: hot soup, light snacks, changing rooms, porta-potty and a nice place to sit and collect yourself after the race before heading in to the main party tent. This will also be a convenient place for your family and friends to locate you immediately after the event. Family and friends are welcome inside the Solo Finisher tent with you!
After you are changed and ready to party, head over to the large party tent and join the relay finishers. The party tent will have all-you-can-enjoy pizza, beer, wine, and soda, as well as a DJ, dance floor, team costume and name contests, and more! This is free for each participant. Family and friends may join you under the party tent for a cover charge payable at the entrance.
AWARDS / SWAG
Solo runners will receive their Finisher medal and Solo Finisher warm beanie at the finish line.
Local time: 6:59 PM
The Fall 50 will offer awards to the TOP FIVE men and TOP FIVE women in the Open Division (age 39 and under) and Masters Division (age 40 and over) in the solo division.
USA TRACK & FIELD WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP
The Fall 50 will also serve as the USATF Wisconsin Association Championship in 2021. The top male and top female runners FROM WISCONSIN (1st place) in the Open (age 39 and under) and Masters (age 40 and over) categories will receive these awards. So four additional awards will be distributed to Wisconsin runners.