STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — The Door County Fall 50 is Saturday.
It is a 50 mile ultra-marathon race from Gills Rock to Sturgeon Bay.
Some racers are going even farther than the 50 mile distance.
As crews were putting the finishing touches on the finish line at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay Friday, some racers were putting on their socks and tying up their running shoes.
Team Katie, a My Team Triumph group, is going the distance and then some.
My Team Triumph pairs challenged athletes with able-bodies angels to show people can overcome obstacles by working together.
“We are running from Sturgeon Bay up to Gills Rock, the Fall 50 course in reverse, so 50 miles. Going to turn around at Gills Rock and then run the 50 miles back to Sturgeon Bay for a finish,” said Aaron Hunnel, a Team Katie angel runner.
Katie Neuman, a Neenah native, is an athlete with cerebral palsy.
Team Katie, made up of Neuman, Hummel, and Adam Lofquist, has done other races together, including the Wisconsin Ironman.
“This isn’t just about a race for us, this is about life. It’s about showing not just ourselves, but everybody, that we’re capable of doing so much more,” Hunnel said.
Neuman said she is excited to make the 100 mile journey and is especially excited for the last mile.
“We’re going to run the first 99 miles. Katie’s going to walk that last one and it will be the farthest that she’s ever walked in her life,” said Hunnel.
“It means a lot to me to have Aaron and Adam be my angels through these experiences. More than I guess words can say, or you can put into words,” Neuman said.
The team finished its 100 mile journey Saturday evening.