Welcome to the Michigan Outback Relay!

2022 Michigan Outback Relay

The 2022 MOR will take place July 15-17, 2022. Click on the link below to download the registration form. This year we will be navigating some segments of the North Country Trail that we have never used for the relay. Day 1 will start near Wolverine, head to the NCT, and then finish near Petoskey. On Day 2, we will return to Wolverine for the start and then head to Grayling, still using the NCT as well as some other backroads. Day 3 will be our traditional final day starting south of Grayling and finishing in Empire. Looking forward to seeing everyone in July!

Alright, so are you ready to sweat, run, and have some fun?

Getting up before the crack of dawn, driving to the start and checking in for the run of the day couldn’t be any more exciting when it involves running along the Ausable River or lake Avery as the sun comes up.

The Michigan Outback Relay is a three-day summer weekend featuring the country’s longest and most challenging relay race run through the scenic upper half of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Great people, great runs, and great times to party after your last run of the day…

The Course

Are you up to the challenge? Three days of running over hills, through sand, mud, and water. In some years, there is a trek through the swamp and even a river crossing.

You will experience the beauty of the northern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula like you never have before – up close and personal. The course will take runners through state and national forests, over remote trails and roads, through sandy ruts, and of course over a few hills! All roads are runnable but not always drivable.

Michigan Outback Relay 2022

For 2022, we are going to be mixing in some new legs along with those from the past. For Day 1, we are going to start in or near Wolverine and finish just north of Petoskey. We will be back on the North Country Trail (NCT), but going on trail we haven’t used before. On Day 2, we will again start near Wolverine, but will finish in Grayling. Expect some breathtaking climbs and views! We will also navigate parts of the NCT on this day. Day 3 will be our traditional day, starting south of Grayling and finishing in Empire. 


Each team consists of up to 10 runners

The Course

Are you up for the challenge?


Open and mixed divisions


What's new with the relay?

The race is run with the help of our friends at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United State Forest Service.