Our group, the Peninsula Pacers, have been putting on events on the Door County peninsula for nine years, with a strong focus on creating destination quality races, rides, and tournaments. With the Hey Hey 5k, we wanted to take our experience putting on elite-level events, but put it into a fun-filled race more accessible to casual runners.

We also relished the opportunity to work with our friends at the Door County Brewing Co. to create a race that honors the fun-loving spirit of a true Door County icon, Freddie Kodanko, the Polka King!

Myles Dannhausen

Race Director

Myles Dannhausen loves his role telling the stories of the Door County Half Marathon and the people who run it. Now a Chicago resident, he is a freelance writer and digital media consultant and has writes about running and silent sports for Running TimesSilent Sports, and Chicago Athlete. His work has also appeared in All About Beer, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Gapersblock, and several other publications.

The 3-time marathon finisher and Door County native is a contributing editor for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living, where he wrote for eight years before moving to Chicago.

David Eliot

Co-founder, Peninsula Pacers

Eliot is constantly searching for new ways to enhance life in Door County for residents and visitors alike.

He founded the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in 1996 and has been an integral part of the Door County community ever since. The publisher of Door County Living magazine and co-founder of the Peninsula Pacers, the organizers of the Door County Half Marathon, Door County Beer FestivalPeninsula Century, and the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament, Eliot served as the Chairman of the Door County Visitor Bureau, serves on the Door Community Auditorium Board, Door County Triathlon, and is the Chairman of the Door County Community Foundation.

Brian Fitzgerald

Co-founder, Peninsula Pacers

Brian Fitzgerald has been a potter in Door County for 20 years and owns and operates Ephraim Clayworks. He’s also the co-founder of the Peninsula Pacers, organizers of the Door County Half Marathon, the Peninsula Century Fall ChallengeDoor County Beer Festival, Door County Pond Hockey Tournament and the Peninsula Century Spring Classic. He handles the course and aid station operations for the Door County MS Challenge Walk in September, and is the bike and course director for the Door County Triathlon.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Brian loves to ski, run and bike throughout the peninsula with his wife, Tracey, and his two children, Ben and Abbey , and just about anyone he can convince to join him for an “easy” ride or run.


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