Mackinac Island Eight Mile

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Registration for the 2017 Eight Mile Road Race is now open!

End your Summer with the Mackinac 8 Mile Road Race
Join us for the 47th running of this exciting, summer-ending event. You will experience Mackinac Island in one of the oldest and most scenic races in Michigan. The Island is a unique destination that can only be reached by ferry. Step back in time to a bygone era where travel is done by foot, bicycle, carriage or horse. With over 2,500 runners and walkers, this is definitely a race you and your family will never forget!

2017 Mackinac Island Trio Series!
Register for all three races and you will receive a special Mackinac Island Trio Series medal. This will be a separate medal from the other finisher's medals you will receive at the completion of all three races, and will only be awarded following the Great Turtle Half Marathon. Registration for the 2017 Mackinac Island Trio Series is now open.

Special Rates at Mission Point Resort for the Trio Series!
MissionPoint is holding rooms for all three events at special rates - and if you call to reserve the rooms and tell them you are doing the Trio, you will receive a 10% discount.  Call 800-833-7711 to get the 10% Trio discount.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Location
The 8 Mile Run & Walk will start directly in front of the Mission Point Resort. The Finish Line is located along along the Lakeshore Trail on the lakefront lawn (Great Lawn) of Mission Point Resort.

Starting Times
8 Mile Run & Walk will start at 9:30 AM
Please line up according to your pace with the faster runners at the front and walkers the last to start.

Kids Fun Run will begin at approximately 11:45 AM   Children should gather at the Gazebo on Mission Point’s Lawn for fun exercise and instructions prior to the race.

Eight Mile Start


Registration
Online registratioon is now open.

Entry Fees
The Mackinac Island State Park Commission has assessed a $8.00 Park Usage Fee per person, and will be added to your registration upon checkout.

Already Registered? Click here to confirm your registration.

Need to make a change to your registration? If you need to switch events, alter shirt size, or update your personal information, you can do so by clicking here.

No Refund Policy - we do not offer registration refunds for any event. In the case that you cannot participate, we do allow cancellations with a partial refund in the form of a discount code to be used in 2017.

Early Bird Registration:
Online only by February 15, 2017

8 Mile Run/Walk: $30.00
Kid’s Fun Run: $10.00

Early Registration:
Online or Entry Form postmarked by July 1, 2017

8 Mile Run/Walk: $35.00
Kid’s Fun Run: $10.00

Regular Registration:
Online or Entry Form postmarked by August 26, 2017

8 Mile Run/Walk: $40.00
Kid’s Fun Run: $10.00

Late Registration:
8 Mile Run/Walk: $45.00
Kid’s Fun Run: $15.00

Race Check-In
Entrants are required to pick up their race gear at the Mission Point Resort Sound Stage on

  • Friday, September 8, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 9, 7:30 - 9:15 AM

We recommend you catch a ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace no later than 8:00 AM on race day.

Bib Look Up
If you are already registered, you may go online and retrieve your bib number before going to the Race Check-In. It's quick, easy and you don't have to search all the names on the Alpha List at Race Check-In. Find your bib here.

Race Day Registration
Individuals may register on race day from 7:30 - 9:15 AM at the Mission Point Resort Sound Stage.

Gear Check
You may place your gear in the designated area of the Sound Stage. We ask that you do not store any valuables (i.e. wallets, purses, computers, iPods, etc.). We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

Course
The Start Line is located in front of Mission Point Resort, and the course will follow the perimeter of Mackinac Island in a clock-wise direction.  The first mile of the race will travel past Victorian homes, the boat harbor and a myriad of shops and hotels in downtown Mackinac Island.  Once through town, the route follows the shoreline of the Straits of Mackinac featuring breathtaking views of the Mackinac Bridge, neighboring islands and historic rock formations, finishing at waters edge on the lawn of Mission Point.  This course is fast and flat but the scenery is so beautiful, you may just decide to relax and enjoy!  The Finish Line is located along the shores in the park out front of Mission Point Resort.

Absolutely no roller blades, pets, wagons or other wheeled vehicles will be allowed on the course. Baby joggers are strongly discouraged due to safety concerns.

Eight Mile Course Map


Mackinac Island Trio Series
Register for all three races and you will receive a special Mackinac Island Trio Series medal. This will be a seperate medal from the other finsher's medals you will receive at the completion of the races, and will only be awarded following the Great Turtle Half Marathon.

Awards
In celebration of our 47 years, we are offering gear in tremendous 8-Mile fashion.  Sorry, but we cannot guarantee apparel on race day to late entrants.  All finishers will receive a medal and post-race refreshments.

Run Awards: Awards to Overall and Masters male and female and the first five finishers in each age group.

Walk Awards: Awards to Overall and Masters male and female and the first three finishers in each age group; we will go deeper in some age groups depending on participation. (If you register for the walk, you cannot run at any time during the race. Walk will be scored on the honor system and monitored by your fellow walkers. Walkers will receive accurate times up to 2 1/2 hours.)

Age Groups - Both Events: 
Men & Women: 12 & under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & Over.

Note: There will be no formal awards ceremony. Please check the posted results after the race and if you have placed as an award winner, you may pick up your award at approximately 10:45 AM in the Sound Stage at Mission Point Resort.

Personally Engraved Awards:
Engravings are available for age-group awards at Bauman's Running & Walking Shop. You must mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to Bauman's Running & Walking Shop. 1473 W. Hill Road, Flint, MI 48507. Please include the following information:

  • Race Name
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Place
  • Division
  • Finishing Time
Engraved Awards


2016 Mackianc Island Photos

The photos are ready! Click on the following link and enter your bib number.

View Photos Here

Need to make a change to your registration? If you need to switch events, alter shirt size, or update your personal information, you can do so by clicking here.

Special Rates at Mission Point Resort for the Trio Series!
MissionPoint is holding rooms for all three events at special rates - and if you call to reserve the rooms and tell them you are doing the Trio, you will receive a 10% discount.  Call 906-847-300 to get the Trio discount.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

» When does online registration close?

Online registration closes at 11:00 AM on September 8, 2017. We will be taking additional registrations at the expo.

» Can I get a refund for my entry if I cannot participate in the race or transfer my entry to someone else?

We do not offer a full refund of your entry, but you can cancel and receive a discount code for a portion of your entry, to be used in 2018.  However, no cancellations are available within two weeks of the race.

We do allow you to transfer your registration to another runner.  If you want to transfer, please contact us directly.
» Want to switch events?

If you need to switch events, alter shirt size, or update your personal information, you can do so by clicking here.

» Want to defer to the 2018 Eight Mile Road Race?

Deferrals are available by cancelling your registration.  You will receive a discount coupon to be used in 2018.  No deferrals are available within the 2 weeks prior to the race.

» Need your email confirmation sent again?

If you are already registered, you may go online and retrieve your confirmation. Click here to confirm your registration.

» What are the age restrictions?

The races are open to all ages. However, the course is challenging and we ask that all participants are properly trained to complete the desired course.

» Where do I collect my packet?

You can pick-up your registration packet at the Mission Point Resort Sound Stage during the posted hours.  The Sound Stage is upstairs above the Lakeside Spa and Salon (from the main lobby building, go up the stairs to the Promenade Deck, walk past the Lakeside Spa and you will see the stairs on your right – stairs are between the Spa and the Theater. Please be prepared to show a photo id at pickup.  We do allow you to pick-up registrations for others, but please bring a copy of their photo id or a note from them so we can be sure you are authorized to get their packet.

» What are the expo hours?

Friday, September 8, 2017\ – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM

» Will I be able to store my gear during the race?

You may store your gear in the designated area of the Sound Stage. We ask that you do not store any valuables (i.e. wallets, purses, computers, iPods, etc.) as we are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

» Are there any hotel discounts?

Special Rates at Mission Point Resort for the Trio Series!
To receive discounted room rates, please call the Mission Point Resort and ask for either the Eight Mile or Great Turtle Half Marathon rate. Discounts can also be accepted online. For reservations inquires, call 1-800-833-7711 or visit one of the links below:

Mackinac Island Eight Mile Discount Code:
ROADRACE --> Book It!

Special Rates at Mission Point Resort for the Trio Series!
MissionPoint is holding rooms for all three events at special rates - and if you call to reserve the rooms and tell them you are doing the Trio, you will receive a 10% discount.  Call 800-833-7711 to get the 10% Trio discount.

» Do I have to stay on the island?

No, you can stay at a hotel on the main land in one of the fine Mackinaw City or St. Ignace motels - or drive to the ferry that morning.  Shepler’s Ferry will offer a 7:00 a.m. boat the morning of the race and will be running extra boats that morning as well. Please check with all ferry lines for a full schedule of departure times. To ensure that you arrive to the race on time, we suggest you leave the main land no later than 8:00 AM.

» Are there any ferry discounts?

Shepler’s Ferry will be offering discounts for participants of the race. Please check back at a later date. We will post the discount code when it becomes available.

» What is the weather like on the island?

The weather varies with the season. The average high for the beginning of September is 72 degrees, and the average low is 47 degrees. Please check the weather during the week leading up to the race and prepare accordingly.

» What do I do if my shirt is too large or small for me?

We will do our best to accommodate. Since we order size and quantity based on entries,  we have to give you the size you ordered when you pick-up.  However, we will gladly exchange your shirt at the “Late Registration Shirt Pickup” table prior to the race, if we have your preferred size available.  If not, check back after the race to see if any became available.

» What time do the races start?

The 8 Mile Run will begin at 9:30 AM, the 8 Mile Walk will begin at 9:32 AM and the Kid's Fun Run will start at 11:45 AM.

» Where are the start lines?

The start line for both the 8 Mile Run and Walk are located directly in front of the Mission Point Resort. The Kid's Fun Run will be located in the park in front of Mission Point Resort.

» Do both races finish at the same point?

Yes, both races will finish in the park, along the lake shores in front of Mission Point Resort.

» What are the courses like?

The course will follow the perimeter of Mackinac Island in a clock-wise direction.  The first mile of the race will travel past Victorian homes, the boat harbor and a myriad of shops and hotels in downtown Mackinac Island.  Once through town, the route follows the shoreline of the Straits of Mackinac featuring breathtaking views of the Mackinac Bridge, neighboring islands and historic rock formations, finishing at waters edge on the lawn of Mission Point.  This course is fast and flat but the scenery is so beautiful, you may just decide to relax and enjoy!

» Can I run with a stroller?

For the safety of your child and other runners, we do not allow strollers on the course.

» What about pets?

We do not allow dogs on the course either. Due to the wildlife on the island, and for the safety of yourself and other participants, we strongly ask that you do not run or walk with your pets.

» Are headphones allowed on course?

We do allow the use of headphones during our races, however we ask that you run with one earpiece in and one out.

» What if I cannot complete the 8 mile course in 2.5 hours?

While we request all participants be properly prepared and trained to complete the eight miles within 2 ½ hours (19 min/mile pace), we know things happen during a race to affect your performance, and we do not officially close the finish line until the last finisher reaches us, so if you are slightly over the 2 ½ limit, do not be concerned.  The water stations, on the course however, are only left open to accommodate the 2 ½ hour limit.

» Will there be bathrooms on the course?

Porta-Johns will be located near the start/finish line area only – none on the course.  Restrooms are available at British Landing (4-mile point on the course).

» How many water stations are on the course?

Three water stations will be located approximately every two miles along the course. There will also be water available at the finish line.

» Is there childcare available during the race?

No. Facilities for childcare are not available during the race.  If you are staying on the Island, please check with your hotel about the availability of child care.

» Is there food available after I finish?

Yes, we will have fruit, cookies and water available at the finish line.

» Where will the results be posted?

Race results will be available in the Sound Stage during the race. You may also use your SmartPhone to retrieve immediate results online by scanning the QR code on your race bib or going to the online results link.  The online link will become available the week leading up to the race.

» Do I get a medal?

Participants who complete the race will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.

» Will there be an awards ceremony?

There will not be a formal awards ceremony following the race. Please check the results, however, to see if you’ve placed in the top 5 age group finishers in the Run or top 3 age group finishers in the Walk.  If so, your award can be picked up in the Sound Stage of Mission Point Resort from approximately10:45 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. We encourage you to get your award before you leave the Island to save us all time and money after the race.

» What if I win an award and don’t realize it until I get home?

Not a problem. Simply Contact Us, let us know the place you won and in which age-group, and we will send the award to you.

» If I am an award winner, can I have my award engraved?

Yes, engravings are available for age-group awards at Bauman's Running & Walking Shop. You must mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to Bauman's Running & Walking Shop. 1473 W. Hill Road, Flint, MI 48507. Please include the following information:

  • Race Name, First Name, Last Name, Place, Division, Finishing Time
» Are there changing rooms available after the race?

There are no changing rooms or showers avaiable at Mission Point Resort. If you need to change clothes after the race, you may use one of the restroom facilities.