Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile VIRTUAL Challenge | 10.3.20

2020 Virtual Race Event Details

Register Today for the Mackinac Island Fort2Fort VIRTUAL Challenge!

Mackinac State Historic Parks turns 125 this year, and we were excited to host what would have been the 3rd annual Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge.  But … COVID-19 had other plans. However, we are excited to host this year’s race as a virtual event an hope you can join us either on the Island or in your home town for the Virtual Fort 2 Fort Challenge!
Funds raised from this event go directly to Mackinac State Historic Parks to support programs, exhibits, and park operation. It has been an extremely challenging year for Mackinac State Historic Parks, and this event provides needed support to the park at a crucial time.
You can run or walk your race whenever or wherever it is convenient for you. For those that have already planned on coming to Mackinac Island and still would like to do so, the map of the racecourse is posted under course maps so you can run or walk any day you choose.   And – the course will be marked October 3, the “official” virtual race day. Wherever or whenever you choose to participate, you can upload your finish time and photos to share your experience!

In the week leading up to virtual race day Mackinac State Historic Parks will share information about the sites you’ll see along the course on its Facebook page. Additionally, Mackinac State Historic Parks will live stream the Cannon Firing at 9:30 am on October 3rd for those that want to participate on the actual virtual race day, and will feature an official welcome from Mackinac State Historic Parks director Phil Porter!

We’d love to see where you’re running the event, whether you’re on the island or not!  Please post your photos with the hashtag #Fort2Fort or upload them to your results page!

All registrants receive:

  • A custom printed Fort2Fort Neck Gaiter/buff

  • A unique finisher medal

  • A ticket for entry into Fort Mackinac good for 2020 or 2021

  • A 125th anniversary commemorative pin

  • Downloadable race bib

  • Finisher Certificate

  • Finisher Results and photos(you upload)

Registrations received by September 1 will have items mailed by September 25th. Registrations received after that date will be mailed two to three weeks after the virtual race day, October 3rd.

Location & Start Times - Not Applicable in 2020


5 Mile Run and Walk will both start at 9:00 am.  Please plan to be on the 7:30 ferry to allow time to get to the Scout Barracks for Packet Pickup.  Fort doors will be open and rest rooms available.


Race will start inside Fort Mackinac with a musket salute by Fort Soldiers, heading through the “North Sally Port” gates to the race course.  Race will finish in front of the Scout Barracks.

Registration - Not Applicable for 2020

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


5 Mile Run/Walk:

  • $40.00 on or before February 8, 2020
  • $45.00 February 9 – September 19, 2020
  • $50.00 September 19 – October 10, 2020

Register Online or by mail to:

RunMackinac Events
746 Chamberlain St.
Flushing, MI  48433 

Make Checks Payable To: RunMackinac Events (U.S. FUNDS)

Cancellation Policy – We do not offer registration refunds for any event, though we will allow transfers at a $10 fee.  We encourage you to purchase the Registration Protection Plan to protect you from unexpected (covered) circumstances prohibiting you from coming to the race.

Race Check-in -Not Applicable for 2020


Pick up your race bib and shirt Saturday, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Scout Barracks behind Fort Mackinac (Garrison and Huron).  From the ferry lines, take Fort Road up the hill or enter front doors of Fort (doors will be open to pass through Fort).

We recommend you catch a ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace no later than 7:30 AM on race day.

Race Day Registration

Individuals may register on race day from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Scout Barracks behind Fort Mackinac (Huron and Garrison).

Gear Check

You can leave gear at the Scout Barracks.  We ask that you not store any valuables (i.e. wallets, purses, computers, iPods, etc.).   We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.  Lockers are available at any of the ferry line docks.

Course Maps


Race begins with musket salute inside Fort Mackinac heading out the “North Sally Port” gate to Huron Road.  Participants will run or walk to Arch Rock, then follow Leslie Trail to North Bicycle Trail arriving at Garrison Road behind the Scout Barracks.  They will follow Garrison past cemeteries to Fort Holmes Road, proceeding up the hill to circle Fort Holmes where the first runners will be greeted by “soldiers” in Historic garb and a musket salute.  From Fort Holmes, the course will travel back down the hill to Garrison Road, then follow Custer Road to turn left on Huron.  The last portion will go past Governor’s Cottage to finish behind Fort Mackinac on the Parade Grounds.

Aid Stations and Rest Rooms on Course


Special low season rates at most Island Hotels.  Go to or call the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau at 1-800-454-5227 for information and rate ranges.

Awards & Divisions - Not Applicable for 2020

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


  • Unique burnt wood medals for all finishers in the race!
  • Great Tech Shirt guaranteed to all pre-registered entrants.
  • Post-race refreshments for all participants.

 Age Group Awards

Overall and Masters male and female, and top three (3) finishers in each division.

There will be no official award ceremony—all awards will be available for pickup shortly after results are posted.

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+

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+

Photos - Not Applicable for 2020

Photos will be provided to all race participants. You can view your photos on your results page and download or share for free!

Additional Info


Race will be scored with the ChronoTrack B-Tag located on your bib, you must wear your bib in full view to be scored.  Results will be posted on race day – please check posted results soon after your finish so we can make corrections before awards are given out.


Sign up for text messages letting your family and friends know you finished the race.  Click Here to sign up today.


Fruit and refreshments will be available after the race for all participants.


Special low season rates at most Island Hotels, including Mission Point Resort:  Go to or call the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau at 1-800-454-5227 for information and rate ranges (Mission Point at 800– 833-7711 and mention the race).


Enjoy the historic and interactive exhibits of Fort Mackinac!

All race participants will enter the Fort free of charge using their race bib as entry.  Family members will receive a discount on entrance tickets to Fort.  The Tea Room inside the Fort will be open before and during the race for hot & cold beverages and pastries.  Lunch is served from 11:00—3:00 in the Tea Room with a spectacular view of the Island under the Yellow Umbrellas!