• The Mackinac Island Swim is approximately a 7.2 mile swim around the island, with an optional 8.2 mile route.

  • Swimmers will have the benefit of the shoreline at close proximity and the ability to swim the majority of the race in crystal clear shallow water

  • Swimmers that don't feel they want to swim the full distance will have the option to swim any distance they choose.  However they will be responsible to walk/bike the remaining distance following a check in with staff. 

  • Your $225 event registration includes:

    • Entry to the swim

    • Finisher Towel

    • Finisher medal

    • Finish line Buffet ticket

  • Swimmers will be responsible for:

    • Personal hydration/nutrition (there will be at least 1 aid station​)


    • Purchasing their own ferry ticket to the island

  • Relays

    • Please understand that rela​y members will be responsible for transporting themselves around the island.  Remember, there are no vehicles on Mackinac Island, which means relay teams will either need to walk/run or bicycle to meet their relay members.  From it's furthest point to town (start/finish line) members may be responsible to cover up to 3.6mi on foot.

    • Relay teams of more than 4 will need to develop a transition plan for each relay exchange and have it approved by an event director (Jon or Eric).  

    • This means bring SHOES

  • STAYING ON THE ISLAND THE NIGHT BEFORE THE EVENT IS NOT NECESSARY.  Sheplers Ferry has agreed to offer an early service for swimmers the morning of the event.  You will be responsible for purchasing a ferry ticket and being on this ferry in order to make it to the start of the finish line.

  • For those wanting to complete the full 8.2 miles as advertised, we will be setting up buoys to help you achieve this.  The green buoys will need to be rounded to achieve 8.2, the orange buoys will denote every 2 miles of the 8.2mi course.  This route will not be mandatory, but it will be offered.  This will involve additional swimming at the start of the event and depending on the weather, currents may make this section difficult.  Please see the map below.  

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It's about giving back

We are proud to announce that The Mackinac Island Swim is completely a fundraising event.  ALL profits go to benefit the the local community.  The Mackinaw Woman's Club, will be our main benefactor.  However, we will also be fundraising for other local organizations throughout the event and leading up to it.  Our registration fee was designed to pay for the expenses of the swim itself (insurance, t-shirt, medal, this website, etc.) and the goal of raising at least $20,000 for a local charities.  

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