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At 333 miles (289.4 nautical miles), the Race to Mackinac is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. “The Mac” starts at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier and continues to Mackinac Island. 2012 marks the 104th running of the Race to Mackinac in which over 350 boats compete.
The Race has also amassed a strong following using technology and social networking; it can be followed virtually using Facebook, Twitter and its Race tracking interface.
Finish line: Mackinac Island.
Mackinac Island is in the Straits of Mackinac east of the Mackinac Bridge, about two hours north of Traverse City. Accessible by ferry, airplane or via the ice bridge in winter.