Lilac Festival Run & Walk | 06.10.23

Event Details

Join us on Saturday, June 10, 2023, to kick off the 75th Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with a great morning race to enjoy the early season beauty on the Island.   The course will provide you with  the tree-covered paved roads through the center of the Island, and tremendous lake views with the Mackinac Bridge on the horizon. This is certainly a race you don’t want to miss!.

Lil’ Lilac Kid’s Race!

There will be a special event for young children starting at 11:15, at the school.  Children will run on the lawn outside the school (either 150 or 300 yards, depending on age and ability), and receive a medal at the finish.  Race registration includes a shirt.

2023 Mackinac Island Trio Series!

New for 2023 – we’ve added a race to the Trio!  Register and complete either the Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge or the Lilac Festival 10K, plus both the Mackinac Island Eight Mile and Great Turtle Trail Run, 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 your selected three races, and will only be awarded following the Great Turtle Half Marathon.  (Note, if you are unable to join us for any of the “in person” events, you will still be eligible for the Trio medal if you complete the races virtually and record your time).

Special Rates at Mission Point Resort for the Race and the Trio Series!

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

Free Downloadable Photos!
We will provide photos at no charge to race participants.

Note: COVID guidelines will be monitored to make sure race is in compliance with the guidelines in effect at time of the race; participants will be notified as soon as possible if any adjustments need to be made to ensure safety of participants, spectators and volunteers.

Location & Start Times

Location
The Lilac Festival Run & Walk will start in front of Wyndamere Park on Main Street and finish in the Mackinac Island School yard.  (The start is 5 Minutes from the school, so please allow enough time).

The Lil’ Lilac Kids Run will begin and end at the Mackinac Island Public School.  Children will run either 150 or 300 yards on the lawn outside the school.

Starting Times

10K race start is 9:30 a.m.

Lil’ Lilac Kids Run start is 11:15 a.m.

Registration

Entry Fees:
The Mackinac Island State Park Commission has assessed an $8.00 Park Usage Fee per person, and is included in your registration fee below.

February 28, 2023:

  • Run/Walk/Virtual Race: $40.00
  • Lil’ Lilac Kids Run: $10.00

March 1 – April 30, 2023:

  • Run/Walk/Virtual Race: $45.00
  • Lil’ Lilac Kids Run: $10.00

May 1 – May 31, 2023:

  • Run/Walk/Virtual Race: $50.00
  • Lil’ Lilac Kids Run: $10.00

June 1 – June 9, 2023:

  • Run/Walk/Virtual Race: $55.00
  • Lil’ Lilac Kids Run: $15.00

Race Day, June 10, 2023:

  • Run/Walk/Virtual Race: $60.00
  • Lil’ Lilac Kids Run: $15.00
  • Cancellation Policy – We do not offer registration refunds for any event, though we will allow transfers or deferrals at a nominal fee.  
Race Check-in

Race Check-In
Packet Pickup for all events will be at the Mackinac Island Public School.   (School is located on Main Street approximately 1/2 mile west of Shepler’s Ferry dock (turn left from dock, school will be on the right across from the boardwalk).

Packet Pickup Hours:

June 9, 2023:  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

June 10, 2023:  7:30 pm – 9:30 am  (Kids Run pickup until 11:00 am)

Gear Check
We do not have any official gear-check, however you may leave your gear in the gymnasium at the school.  We will not be monitoring gear so we ask that you do not store any valuables (i.e. wallets, keys. purses, computers, iPods, etc.). We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items. For those who want a more secure storage, lockers are available at both of the ferry line docks.

Course Maps

Course
The 10K race course begins in front of Wyndamere Park, running through downtown Mackinac Island and turning on Truscott, up the hill to Huron Road then Garrison Road where your right turn will take you through historic landmarks and over rolling hills through the wooded-center of the Island. The last leg of the race is on the shore road, offering the unique opportunity to take in the beautiful Straits of Mackinac. The entire run is on paved roads.

The Lil’ Lilac Kids Run will run on the lawn at the Mackinac Island Public School.  Children can run either 150 or 300 yards.

Awards & Divisions

Photos will be provided to all race participants. You can view and share your photos on your results page at no additional fee.

Awards

  • Medals for all finishers in the Lilac race (both 10K and Kid’s Race).
  • Apparel in Lilac-fashion will be guaranteed to all pre-registered entrants in all events.
  • Post-race refreshments for all participants in all events.

Fudge (1/2 lb. slice) for Overall & Masters male and female, plus top three (3) finishers in each division

Divisions

Run Divisions: 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.

Walk Divisions: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & over.

Award Winner Fudge certificates will be available for pickup after the race in the registration/pickup area inside school and must be redeemed June 10 or 11 (location to be announced). Please arrange to have someone pick-up your award certificate and redeem it for the fudge if you are unable to get it.

Note:  There are no awards for the Lil’ Lilac Kids Race or the Virtual Race.

Photos

Photos will be provided to all race participants. You can view and share your photos on your results page at no additional fee.

Additional Info

Amenities
Great tech shirt with the 2023 Lilac logo

Fruit, snacks and water will be available after the race for all participants.

Restrooms open at the school – no showers or locker rooms