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Crystal Clear Freshwaters of Lake Huron
Single Track Trails, Non Vehicular Roads, & Beaches
The entire run course is marked through a combination of neon pink survey flags, tree hanging ribbons, and circular arrow ground signs. The swim course entry is not usually marked beyond the land markings guiding you to the edge of the water. The swim itself (unique to only Mackinac) will have an orange buoy about 50-100' into the water to show where you should start swimming parallel to shore. The exit is marked with large neon yellow reelect traffic cones (instead of flags as normal). Cones are what we are permitted to do versus our normal flags. They have worked fine and are easy to spot every year we have had the event. Most exits also have bright orange water coolers and volunteers in neon yellow vests.
There are a handful of permanent structure restrooms located on the course but we do not bring any portable restrooms in for the event. There are nice indoor restrooms at the start/finish area.
We will have a hydrations station stocked with one cooler of water and one cooler of electrolyte water. The electrolyte water has little to no calories. Additionally each station will have a bucket of gels. Please do not "stock up" on gels taking more than you need to use in that immediate moment. If you need to have more hydration and nutrition than we provide please plan ahead and carry it on you. We recommend at least carrying a soft silicone hydration flask you can fill with liquid at each station and carry with you. We do provide a collapsable silicone cup you carry on you and drink from at each station but it doesn't allow for carrying hydration between stations. Some stations may have snacks but please do not rely on it.
All finishers will have access to post race food and drink near the finish line area.
All of our courses are open. This means that although we have boats monitoring traffic in the water, everyone should be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. On land all trails are open to the public and any road crossings may have bicyclists and horse and buggies so always look both ways before crossing. On the course we have safety boats and kayaks as well as land medics traversing pivotal areas most likely to require their attention. We cannot cover every mile of the course at all times, that’s why having a teammate is beneficial. Also remember to carry all mandatory gear during the race, some of it includes safety essentials.
We will have medical stationed at the start/finish line and also roaming the entire course throughout the day.
Click the button below to be taken to a live Google Map of our race site. This will show parking, start and post race, course maps, and more! Doing this while onsite should show your position (blue dot) in relation to everything to do with the race. This map is especially great for spectators and volunteers.
Not as detailed as the live Google Map above but simplistic and easy to review the courses and how they flow. Printable as well.
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.