The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.
This is Not a Race!
The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (3,000-4,000) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400′ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Star Line Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!
Register Early & Save!
Until February 28 – $55
March – 1-31 – $60
April 1-30 – $65
May 1- 15 – $75
Late Registration On Site May 20-21, 2022 – $75
Entry fee includes the annual pre-ride BASH Friday night at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands with live band, games & swag with New Belgium, raffles with dozens of prices and the Annual Charity Tricycle Races! Also included: luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, lunch at the Legs Inn on Saturday, round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on Star Line Ferry and post-ride Finish Line Bash on Saturday afternoon at The Crossings with live entertainment, cash bar and food vendors… and of course the Saturday evening parties on the island!
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Arrive Friday, June 3 • Depart Sunday, June 5, 2022
For the experience of it, for the fun of it, tee up the vacation of a lifetime with our Early Summer Michigan Golf Live Package. Named for the state’s leading golf program, Michigan Golf Live, show host Bill Hobson coordinates this special event — complete with three days of unlimited golf on The Jewel, prize giveaways, private evening receptions, a golf scramble, and more.
Grand Hotel Accommodations
Breakfast and dinner daily
All Grand Hotel Amenities
Unlimited golf on The Jewel (cart included)
Friday evening Welcome Reception
Saturday morning golf scramble
Boxed lunches on Saturday afternoon
Saturday evening reception and awards presentation
Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
Special discount on ferry tickets
Early Summer Michigan Golf Live Package can also be booked by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.
About Michigan Golf Live
Now in its third decade of celebrating the greatest game on Earth, Michigan Golf Live continues to grow its audience throughout the Midwest on both radio and television. Executive Producer and Host, Bill Hobson is found behind the mic and in front of the camera every weekend of the season, with MGL Radio heard across the state on 15 stations every Saturday morning, and MGL TV seen on FOX Sports Detroit each Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Join us on Saturday, June 4, 2022, to kick off the 74th 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 fee is $10 and includes a shirt.
Race Start and Distance!
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.
Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.
The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.
The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open Tournament
Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)
Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
The weather was perfect on Mackinac Island for the 5oth annual tournament open to all. Check out the final results on the 2018 Scorecard to see this years winners.
The Pro division was quite exciting with a tie for first place. Traditionally when there is a tie the win goes to the to skippers second best stone. This year Bugsy and Lefty tied for 19 as their best skip and tied again with 17 for their second best skip. After deliberating with the judges Acting High Commissioner Paul H. Toepp, III announced that the winner would be determined by a sudden death 1 stone skip off. The crowd audibly signed when Bugsy threw a 5 and wonder if Left would go for the easy win. Lefty wound up and through for a 20+ but ended up with a 10 to take this years pro title.
Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament
Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)
Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010