Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge | 10.3.20 (New)

Race Postponement Information

Event Details

Register Today for the 3rd  Annual Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Challenge!

Join us on Saturday, October 3 for the Mackinac Island Fort 2 Fort Challenge celebrating Fort Holmes and Fort Mackinac on Historic Mackinac Island!  A challenging race for runners and walkers of all ages!  Start inside Fort Mackinac with a rifle salute, run or walk through beautiful paved trails past scenic Island landmarks to Fort Holmes—the highest point of the Island—then back to finish at Fort Mackinac!  This is certainly a race you don’t want to miss!  Register early, race is limited to 1000 Participants in 2019!


  • A great Fort2Fort Tech shirt
  • A unique Inaugural Finisher Medal (wood disk on a leather cord)
  • All day Entry to Fort Mackinac and the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum (using your race bib).
  • Free photos posted online and available for download.

Location & Start Times


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.


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


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

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 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!