Please give us a brief Introduction of yourself & your profession/organization you are involved in:
Myles Dannhausen Jr, Writer and Content Editor for Peninsula Publishing and Distribution and marketing & logistics for Peninsula Pacers (Door County Half Marathon, Hey Hey 5k, Peninsula Century Rides, Door County Pond Hockey Tournament…)
“My first 5k, the Nicolet Bay 5k at the DC Half Marathon in 2008”
Tell us about your position in your profession and what you do:
I handle a little bit of everything for our organization, from PR and marketing to event execution and customer service. It’s an awesome gig that has you doing something different every day.
When and how did you first become involved in the running community?
I got involved with silent sports when Dave Eliot, co-founder of the Door County Half Marathon, roped me into helping with PR for the race when it started 12 years ago. I wasn’t a runner at the time and never thought I would be, but I felt obligated to participate in the 5k the first year since my boss was organizing it. I got hooked on it – competing for a better time, being part of something new and challenging, but mostly being part of the running community.
What has been a highlight for you in your position/organization since you have been involved?
I love everything about the Half Marathon – I get to spend a week setting up in Peninsula State Park, a beautiful place to call your office for a few days. I’ve seen the impact it has on the economy in my hometown and the money it puts in my friends’ pockets; I’ve seen the community rally around the event; but more than anything I love being at the finish line and watching people accomplish something they didn’t think they could do just a few months earlier, using our event to help get through something – a bad breakup, the loss of a loved one, battling cancer or running for a cause. It gets to me every year.
How has Run Away Shoes been involved with you and your organization?
Run Away Shoes has been an important partner with the half marathon from day one. Ross has been one of our greatest ambassadors, spreading the word about the event, helping in all kinds of ways from setting up a booth on race weekend, to answering runner questions, to printing shirts. It has been an invaluable partnership that has connected us to thousands of runners and made our event one as good as it is.
What is coming up for you? What do you want the community to be aware of within your organization?
In addition to our own events, our team helps out with many other events – the Hairpin Run in Fish Creek, the Door County Triathlon, the Fall 50. These all keep us busy, teach us more about running great events, and get us out on the roads of Door County and in our community. This fall we’ll be hosting the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge bike ride in Sister Bay on Sept. 14, then the Hey Hey 5k at Door County Brewing Co. in Baileys Harbor Sept. 28. It’s going to be a crazy fall!