2017-09-21 / Front Page

ATV Event Is Sept. 30

The third-annual Trek the Mighty Mac off-road vehicle crossing of the Mackinac Bridge at St. Ignace is fast approaching. The procession will make its way north from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace Saturday morning, September 30. The St. Ignace Events Committee is organizing the crossing.

Registration for the ride will be open through Friday, September 22. Those wishing to register can do so online through the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau’s Web site, stignace.com. Visitors Bureau Director Quincy Ranville said registration has been steady this year, with many of the event’s regular participants now starting to line up their spots. More than 300 vehicles and 600 participants have already registered for this year’s crossing. There is no limit to how many vehicles can take part.

The ride is open to all regular all-terrain vehicle (ATV), motorcycle, and side-byside off-road vehicles, although golf carts, three-wheeled ATVs, ARGO amphibious ATVs, and dune buggies are not allowed. The registration fee is $35 for a vehicle and its driver, with an additional $25 fee for any extra passengers. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license. The fee includes bridge fare, busing from St. Ignace to the starting line, and lunch.

This year’s Trek will travel from the Darrow Brothers Excavating gravel pit in Mackinaw City to St. Ignace’s Little Bear East Arena. Those staying in St. Ignace for the crossing will be able to able drop their off-road vehicles off in Mackinaw City Friday, September 29, then catch a bus back to the start line from St. Ignace Saturday morning. Security will be in place at the staging area overnight.

The buses will start running at 7 a.m., leading up to a mandatory pre-ride meeting at 10 a.m. The ride will depart for the Upper Peninsula at about 11 a.m. A lunch at Little Bear will follow the crossing. Awards and door prizes will also be given out, with an auction also planned.

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