The Great Turtle Half Marathon
& 5.7 Mile Run or Walk
Mackinac Island, Michigan
October 27, 2012
The 17th Annual Great Turtle Half Marathon is one of the most scenic trail events in Michigan. There is also a 5.7 mile run or walk event which makes this event an all inclusive race for all people wanting to get out and enjoy the wonderous fall weather in northern Michigan.
This is one Half Marathon Race Event you won't want to miss! With over 1,500 runners (and some walkers) you will be part of a special group of athletes enjoying the inside trails of Mackinac Island during the last active weekend on the Island. The majority of the ferries, restaurants and hotels close down after this weekend! The Island is peaceful and exhilarating with the crisp fall air and the colorful foliage.
The race begins in front of Mission Point Resort heading east away from town and follows the shoreline. There are spectacular views of the neighboring islands and Arch Rock is seen towering overhead.
Both the half marathon and run/walk races begin at 11:30 a.m.
The Half Marathon begins at the front of Mission Point Resort and takes you northeast along the shoreline featuring beautiful views of neighboring islands. Grandiose Arch Rock towers high above the road. The route veers off the shoreline road and winds through the interior of the Island on bike trails and small roads. It does not go through the busy streets of downtown Mackinac.
Be careful on the roads for there is loose gravel. The last part of the half marathan will bring you back to the shoreline and ends at the Mission Point Resort. To see
the half marathon course map click here.
The 5.7 Mile Run & Walk race begins in front of Mission Court (not the resort!) which is located next to Mission Point Resort. This course takes you directly into the interior of the Island on bike trails and roads. There is also gravel to look out for while running.
The last half of the 5.7 mile run/walk brings you to the shoreline to breathtaking views of the water and islands around Mackinac Island. The finish line is at the front of the resort. To view
the 5.7 Mile course map click here.
The Mission Point Resort
Is The Proud Sponsor for the
Great Turtle Road Race
Mission Point Resort
is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to the start and finish line. There are some wonderful Halloween fun events planned for families. Be sure to bring a bag of candy to disburse to the children who will "trick or treat" throughout the hotel Saturday night.
To make reservations call 1-800-833-7711 and don't forget to mention that you are participating in the Mackinac Island Great Turtle Trail Run to receive a discounted room.
If you haven't registered already for this exciting race
click here to do it on-line.
Insider Tip: If you're not into running or walking there are great end of the season sales going on in the great retail shops downtown. Don't miss them even if you are a runner!
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