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2023 MIS Store

If you missed out on products during our finish line fundraiser.  Check here for merchandise that is now available online.


What are the water conditions, you ask?

2020 - 65 - 68 degrees, SW winds = fast and choppy start with a slow (against the current) calm finish
2021 - 70 - 72 degrees, NW winds = slow (against the current) and choppy start with a fast and calm finish
2022 - 62 - 65 degrees, SE winds = fast and calm start with a slow and brutal finish (think washing machine)
2023 - 60.8 degrees @ start, 65.2 @ finish with reports of much colder pockets throughout.  NNW winds
  • The Mackinac Island Swim is an 8.2 mile swim with a 7 mile swim option as well

  • 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 member.  You must alert someone if you exit the course.

  • Your event registration includes:

    • Entry to the swim

    • Finisher Towel

    • Finisher Medal

    • Finish line meal ticket

    • Round trip ferry ticket to Mackinac Island

  • Pricing (changed on 11/27 to reflect addition of ferry ticket)

    • Event fee​ for individuals​​

      • Jan 7 till March 31 - $275

      • April 1 till June 30 - $325

      • July 1 - August 1 - $375

      • No entries after August 1

      • Fundraiser entry - $500

    • Event fee for relays (price is per person)​

      • $225/person (price increases on April 1)

      • 2 - 5 swimmers per team

  • Swimmers will be responsible for:

    • Personal hydration/nutrition, however there will be 2 aid stations​

    • A WETSUIT is required*

      • *​you may waive this by providing your own kayak support

      • anyone swimming with neither a wetsuit and without kayak support will be removed from the event


  • 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 (one way).

    • Relay teams are expected to make exchanges at the designated areas (designated areas are subject to change).​​

  • STAYING ON THE ISLAND THE NIGHT BEFORE THE EVENT IS NOT NECESSARY.  Shepler's Ferry has agreed to offer an early service for swimmers the morning of the event.  1 ferry ticket is included with your registration.  Additional tickets should be purchased using code MIS23 from for anyone else that would like to take the early reserved ferry.   

It's about giving back

We are proud to announce that The Mackinac Island Swim is a fundraising event. ALL profits go to benefit 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 event (staff expenses, venue expenses, permits, insurance, event swag, medal, this website, etc).  Merchandise, raffle sales, auction items and all money taken in during the event weekend go to the Mackinac Woman's Club.

2021 - $10,500 raised on event weekend 

2022 - $28,000 raised on event weekend

2023 - ??? 

To learn more, please check out this link:

<- printable Event Checklist .pdf

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