Welcome to the Michigan Outback Relay!

2021 Michigan Outback Relay

Planning is now underway for the 2021 Michigan Outback Relay! The dates for this year’s race are July 16-18, 2021. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to run this as a live event, but will be paying close attention to the status of the pandemic. As we did last year, we plan on issuing full refunds to teams if we are prevented from running the relay. The registration form is now posted below and you are welcome to send in your registration at any time. Thanks for checking in, and if you are new to relay, feel free to reach out with any questions about this unique event!

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. 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 driveable.

Michigan Outback Relay 2021

For 2021, we will be going back to a course we haven’t used for a while using the sandy horse trails of the Shore to Shore trail.  We will start in Oscoda and end in McKinley for Day 1, keep going on the Shore to Shore trail to Grayling on Day 2, and use our traditional Day 3 (with the new start) heading for our finish 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.