Mackinac Island Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge | 5.14.22

2022 Race Overview

The 2022 Fort2Fort 5 Mile Challenge with be held both In-Person on Saturday, May 14, 2022 and as a Virtual Race.  Proceeds from both events help support the Mackinac Historic State Parks!

The In-Person race will feature a “rolling start” from 8:00 am – 9:30 am, allowing all participants a safe and socially distanced race.

The Virtual Race can be run or walked anytime at participant’s convenience.  All virtual times can be logged by the participant in a separate Virtual Race category (no awards).

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.

Location & Start Times


The start of both the 5 Mile Run and Walk will be a “Rolling” start, which means participants will begin the race when they arrive at the start line, any time between 8:00 am and 9:30 am.   We encourage those who are already on the Island to take advantage of the earlier start times to reduce congestion in the staging area.

The Start will be outside Fort Mackinac on Huron Road.  You may pick up your bib prior to the race – shirts can be received then or you can get it at the finish.

Race start will be on Huron Road outside Fort Mackinac

Fort doors will be open and rest rooms available inside.  Restrooms are also available outside at the Huron Road Pavilion.


Race will start on Huron Road behind Fort Mackinac.  Race will finish in on the lawn behind and east of Fort Mackinac (next to start line).


Registration will open on January 1, 2022


5 Mile Run/Walk In-Person Race:

  • $45.00 on or before March 31, 2022
  • $50.00 April 1 – May 7, 2022
  • $50.00 May 8 – May 13, 2022  (was $55)
  • Limited Race Day Registration – $55.00!

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. If state mandated Covid 19 restrictions required a cancellation, participants will have a choice of deferral to a future race date or transfer to the Virtual Race,

Race Check-in


All bibs will picked-up at the Huron Road Pavilion, just behind and east of Fort Mackinac.  From the ferry lines, take Fort Road up the hill or enter front doors of Fort (doors will be open to pass through Fort).

Please plan to arrive on the Island with adequate time to walk to the Fort (approximately 10-15 minute walk) and get your bib so you can conveniently start your race.  Start line will be open from 8:00 am to- 9:30 am.  We encourage those who are already on the Island to take advantage of the earlier start times to reduce congestion in the staging area.

Race Day Registration

There will be LIMITED RACE DAY REGISTRATION (based on availability of shirts and bibs).

There will be NO Gear Check.  We encourage you to take advantage of the storage locker rental at both Ferry Line docks.  You can, however, leave gear in the area near the Pavilion at your own risk, but there will be no volunteer monitoring the area.  We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items and ask that you not store any valuables (i.e. wallets, purses, computers, iPods, etc.) at race site.

Course Maps


Race begins on Huron Road behind Fort Mackinac with a “Rolling Start”. 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.  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 – In Person Race Only (no awards for the Virtual Race)

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 after noon on race day in Marquette Park (across from Doud’s Market on Main Street, the lawn area in front of the Fort).   We will be there to pass out awards from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm.  We ask that you make every effort to get your award or, if you will no longer be on the Island to pick up your award, please make plans for someone to get it for  you.

Run Divisions (In-Person Race Only): 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, 8 0+

Walk Divisions (In-Person Race Only): 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 online during the race and finalized after the last finisher (remember that a rolling start means the results will change until the last finisher crosses the line).  Please check posted results soon after your finish so we can make corrections before awards are given out – and check results after 11:30 to see if you’ve placed in the top 3 finishers in your age group and are eligible for an award.


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 at 9:00 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!