Join us on Saturday, June 5, 2021, to kick off the 71st Mackinac Island Lilac Festival with a great morning race. Over 1,100 participants joined us in 2019 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!
Change in Race Start and Distance!
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. 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.