Lilac Festival Run & Walk | 06.05.21

Event Details

Change in Race Start and Distance!

Race Size Limited to 750 Registrants

Due to current Covid 19 social distancing requirements, for 2021 we are not able to run the traditional course through downtown Mackinac Island as planned.  Instead, we will begin the race in front of Mission Point’s Straits Lodge heading to Truscott, then travel the traditional course to finish at the school (approximately 5.5 miles).  The start line will feature “rolling start”, open from 8 am – 9:30 am, allowing participants the opportunity to be well distanced and enjoy a safe race.   Please Note: Race Size is limited to 750 Registrants and there will be NO Lil’ Lilac Kids Race in 2021.

Current plans are to mail race bibs and distribute shirts at the finish of the race, though specific race details will be provided closer to the event.

For those not comfortable with an in-person race, we are also offering a Virtual Race option so you can run or walk wherever and whenever you choose.

We appreciate your understanding as we work through these unique and challenging times.  We are also grateful to the Mackinac Island City Council, Tourism Board, Island businesses and Mission Point Resort for working with us to find a way to safely hold the Lilac Festival Run and Walk in 2021.

 

Join us on Saturday, June 5, 2021, to kick off the 71st 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!

Note:  The 2021 race will close registration on 5/28/2021 or when we reach our maximum registration of 750 registrants.

2021 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.  (Note, if you are unable to join us for the “in person” Lilac Festival race, you will still be eligible for the Trio medal if you complete the Virtual Lilac Race and record your time – this option is available for the 2021 Lilac Festival Race only).

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.  To reserve a room for the Lilac Race only, click here

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

Location & Start Times

Location
The Lilac Festival Run & Walk will start in front of Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort and finish in the Mackinac Island School yard.  (There will be no restrooms at the School – it will be closed and no one is allowed entry).  We ask that you do not congregate in the finish area but plan to exit the finish area when you complete your race and pick up your finish line food/medal.

Note: The course distance for 2021 will be approximately 5.5 Miles.

Starting Times

The race start will be a rolling start from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. allowing each participant to begin their race as soon as they arrive at the Mission Point start line for a safe and “socially distanced” event.  If you are staying on the Island Friday night, we ask that you please take advantage of the early start times to allow less congestion for those coming in race morning on ferry lines.

There will be no Lil’ Lilac Kids Race.

Face coverings/masks must be worn both pre and post race by all participants, spectators and volunteers.

Registration

Registration
Online registration is now open! Register now for best rates and guaranteed shirt sizing.

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.

By March 31, 2021:

  • Run/Walk: $40.00
  • Virtual Run/Walk: $40

April 1 – May 22, 2021:

  • Run/Walk: $45.00
  • Virtual Run/Walk $40

May 23 – May 28, 2021 (only if maximum of 750 is not reached):

  • Run/Walk: $55.00

Registration will close when we reach 750 registrants – no later than midnight, May 28, 2021.  There will be no registration allowed after that time.

 

  • Cancellation Policy – We do not offer registration refunds for any event, though we will allow transfers or deferrals.  
Race Check-in

Race Check-In
We are working on the specific plans and, when finalized, they will be sent to all registrants prior to the race.  Bibs will be mailed prior to the race (starting May 22) so participants can come to the start line ready to begin their run or walk  Shirts may be mailed as well – if not, they will be available for pickup at the finish area (outside school).

There will be no packet pick up on Friday nor at Mission Point on Race Day.  Registration will be closed when we reach 750 registrants and will be open no later than midnight, May 28, 2021 so please plan to register early.

Gear Check
We do not have any official gear-check, however a dray will be at Mission Point near the start location to collect and transport gear to the finish area at the school.  For those who start early, the dray may not arrive before you finish your race so we suggest you use one of the lockers at the ferry lines or leave your gear with someone who can transport it for you.  Also, 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. Again, lockers are available at both of the ferry line docks.

Course Maps

Course
The race course begins in front of Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort turning up the hill to Huron Road to 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.

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.

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 finishers’ medals you will receive at the completion of the races, and will only be awarded following the Great Turtle Half Marathon.

Awards

  • Medals for all finishers in the Lilac race.
  • Apparel in Lilac-fashion will be guaranteed to all pre-registered entrants.
  • Post-race refreshments for all participants.

Run & Walk: Overall and Masters male and female, and 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.

Awards will be available for pickup after the race – location to be announced. Please arrange to have someone pick-up your award if you will not be on the Island.

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 2021 Lilac logo

Fruit, snacks and water will be available after the race for all participants.  Please plan to pick up your finish line food and leave the area – no congregating will be allowed.

Restrooms and locker rooms are NOT open at the school!