Petoskey, Michigan

Boyne Highlands – Zoo-de-Mack Bike Bash – May 21 – 22, 2016

The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.

THIS IS NOT A RACE! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (3,500 in 2011) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic.

Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400′ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories.

The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Arnold Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!

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Thursday 6th August 2020, 16:09

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

Greetings Zoo-de-Mackers,

We have the update that most have been waiting for.... and expecting about the fall Zoo-de-Mack ride. Unfortunately, due to the recent changes in the current COVID rules in region 6, just this afternoon we have had to make the decision to cancel the fall ride.

The Details:
Because the event was scheduled in region 6 that has been in "phase 5" for quite some time, we had a safe plan to host a smaller version of Zoo-de-Mack and things were progressing as planned.

With the recent and VERY unexpected executive order which severely changed the capacities of the bars and other indoor spaces in Northern Michigan (Region 6) we were forced to rethink the event.

Given celebrating and socializing has always been a large part of the Zoo-de-Mack weekend, we have had to closely evaluate what could and could not be done in the region's current phase. After lengthy discussions with the management at Boyne Highlands as well as the bars on the Island, the current restrictions would pretty much eliminate the socializing and celebrating aspect of the everyone has come to love and expect.

We and everyone else involved are taking a very CONSERVATIVE approach to the interpretation and enforcement of the current rules. Taking all of this into consideration, we simply don't want to reduce the Zoo-de-Mack experience to just the bike ride. Under the current executive orders we could not host the Friday night welcome party or the finish line party at the crossings and the bars on the island have an average capacity of 40 guests, no live music and most are closing by 9pm. 🙁

Of course much of this could change before the date and ideally we would like to wait and see if the order is lifted by mid September, however we realize that everyone needs a decision sooner than later to finalize their summer and fall travel plans.

All registrations will be automatically forwarded to the May 2021 ride along with your shirt orders, etc. We will still accept name changes if for some reason when that time rolls around you are unable to make the ride.

We will be sending out a formal email on Friday to all riders who opted to go on the fall ride with this same information but we wanted to get this posted on our Facebook page as soon as possible.

We are SUPER DISAPPOINTED right along with you... We appreciate you all and look forward to celebrating with you in May.

The Zoo-De-Mack Team
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Greetings Zoo-de-Mackers,

We have the update that most have been waiting for.... and expecting about the fall Zoo-de-Mack ride.  Unfortunately, due to the recent changes in the current COVID rules in region 6, just this afternoon we have had to make the decision to cancel the fall ride.
 
The Details: 
Because the event was scheduled in region 6 that has been in phase 5 for quite some time, we had a safe plan to host a smaller version of Zoo-de-Mack and things were progressing as planned.

With the recent and VERY unexpected executive order which severely changed the capacities of the bars and other indoor spaces in Northern Michigan (Region 6) we were forced to rethink the event.

Given celebrating and socializing has always been a large part of the Zoo-de-Mack weekend, we have had to closely evaluate what could and could not be done in the regions current phase.  After lengthy discussions with the management at Boyne Highlands as well as the bars on the Island,  the current restrictions would pretty much eliminate the socializing and celebrating aspect of the everyone has come to love and expect. 

We and everyone else involved are taking a very CONSERVATIVE approach to the interpretation and enforcement of the current rules. Taking all of this into consideration, we simply dont want to reduce the Zoo-de-Mack experience to just the bike ride.  Under the current executive orders we could not host the Friday night welcome party or the finish line party at the crossings and the bars on the island have an average capacity of 40 guests, no live music and most are closing by 9pm.  :(

Of course much of this could change before the date and ideally we would like to wait and see if the order is lifted by mid September, however we realize that everyone needs a decision sooner than later to finalize their summer and fall travel plans. 
 
All registrations will be automatically forwarded to the May 2021 ride along with your shirt orders, etc.  We will still accept name changes if for some reason when that time rolls around you are unable to make the ride. 
 
We will be sending out a formal email on Friday to all riders who opted to go on the fall ride with this same information but we wanted to get this posted on our Facebook page as soon as possible. 
 
We are SUPER DISAPPOINTED right along with you...   We appreciate you all and look forward to celebrating with you in May.

The Zoo-De-Mack Team

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I will see everyone next year. I was prepared for it to cancel. Was just hoping for the best... But I completely understand.

@ zoo-de-Mac team- thank you all for all your hard work and hard decisions this year. You dedicate is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we will All do what it takes to protect each other so we Can ride and party next year!

I so wanted to come back to MI for this. FYI, all rides here in Colorado have been canceled for the year. Hoping for a better 2020❤️🚴‍♀️

So sorry to hear. We were scheduled to perform for you twice in Mackinaw this year it was going to be the highlight of the year for us. Hopefully in May. ✌😎👍

I was looking forward to my first as a Michigander. There's always next year. Better safe than sorry.

Be safe than sorry and it’s a good idea to cancel maybe I will do it next year just depends on what happens! Thanks Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc. - Group for everything

We are keeping our condo and going to ride and eat at restaurants around Boyne. Where should we go? Anyone have favorites

Rough year... I hope to do it next year and I hope that everyone is alive, well and able to do it too. Stay safe until then!

Thank you from a local resident and Zoo de Mac rider

Thank you for being responsible. 👍🚴‍♀️🚴🚴‍♂️

Good choice!

Stacey Mosher We will shoot for next year!

Renee Abbott Killian

Constance Eder Cindy Edwards

Ashton Bieri

Shawna Floyd Collins James Priestley Brian Tyler

Tracey Gullett Lounds.

Renee Wogaman

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Tuesday 7th April 2020, 13:55

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

ZOO-DE-MACK UPDATE 4/7/20

Greetings Zoo-de-Mackers,
The official date for *rescheduled* May ride is going to be SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020.

Watch your inboxes for official communication in regards to your registration options and suggestions for hotel & shuttle reservations. Please complete the **Rescheduled Ride Form** by SATURDAY, MAY 16TH!

We appreciate everyone's patience as we worked to finalize the details with all of the local businesses, hotels and event partners. We look forward to riding with you soon!

The Zoo-De-Mack Team
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ZOO-DE-MACK UPDATE 4/7/20

Greetings Zoo-de-Mackers,
The official date for *rescheduled* May ride is going to be SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020. 

Watch your inboxes for official communication in regards to your registration options and suggestions for hotel & shuttle reservations. Please complete the **Rescheduled Ride Form**  by SATURDAY, MAY 16TH!  

We appreciate everyones patience as we worked to finalize the details with all of the local businesses, hotels and event partners.  We look forward to riding with you soon!

The Zoo-De-Mack Team

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If your going to credit I want credit for 2021 ... I have things to do in sept. Aka why I signed up for May

Paula Kelly Tara Kane Stephanie Brooks Denise Barr Holly Seesholtz Pajot Tracey Juliette I like this date better, better chance for better weather!

For good or cancel due COVID-19? I really want go there but concern COVID-19..

Cheryl Kearney, there is still time to train!!!

Same weekend as Rosh Hashana. Poor choice.

I already registered this is good to know Jen Jen Jen

That’s going to one freaking mess on M119 in the fall!! Oh Boy!

Jen Jen Jen so we’re doing September 19

Isn't this the same weekend as Tour de Troit?

So, besides the different date... Anything else change?

If I didn't register for the May date because of a conflict, can I register now for this September date??

Jennifer Hill Coyle Matt Osiecki Jim Coyle. Interested in taking the kids???

You're going to keep $10 if I ask for a refund??? That's not right.

Wow , m119 in fall not safe at all !

Nooooooo, why cancel biketemberfest!?!?!

Marcy Cash Van Pelt

Meredith - FYI

Debby Warren

Kyle Bates

David McMaster

Tsar John Christian Thorpe

Tracey Gullett Lounds

No bike ride this year I just got the call email to follow!!!

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Monday 30th March 2020, 8:21

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

ZOO-DE-MACK 2020 UPDATE - MON 3/30/20
Greetings Zoo-de-Mackers - Here is a quick update:

We were very hopeful the past few weeks that things would improve around the state by the time Zoo-de-Mack is scheduled (May 15th -- still 7 weeks away) as things are very unpredictable.

As many of you have begun to hear, some (but not all by any means) of the hotels on the island have opted not to open on May 1st and under the circumstances are moving their opening later. The Grand Hotel is mostly convention business so they are not opening until 5/22 (Memorial Day weekend). We are in touch with the visitors bureau who seems to think that most island hotels will remain open - but the new info is a day by day basis.

**The scheduled event is still 7 weeks away***

The ZDM team is in the process of checking with dozens of local businesses, vendors and hotels to identify a postponement date for the fall. We are only 48 hours away from finalizing the most likely date. As you can imagine there are a TON of moving parts from hotels, ferry service, Legs Inn and working around other large events and conventions already scheduled on the island.

Thank you for your patience! A formal email and Facebook announcement will be released soon. We still look forward to the 31st Annual Ride!
We are recommending to wait a few days to modify any of your reservations so you can adjust your reservations with one phone call.
As soon as full details are available check the Zoo-de-Mack Facebook page for details as well as your email inboxes. We'll be posting details as they are available on the We Bike Detroit FB page as well.

www.facebook.com/events/1028750524146019/

In the meantime stay hopeful and healthy!!

The Zoo-de-Mack Team
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ZOO-DE-MACK 2020 UPDATE - MON 3/30/20
Greetings Zoo-de-Mackers - Here is a quick update: 

We were very hopeful the past few weeks that things would improve around the state by the time Zoo-de-Mack is scheduled (May 15th -- still 7 weeks away) as things are very unpredictable.

As many of you have begun to hear, some (but not all by any means) of the hotels on the island have opted not to open on May 1st and under the circumstances are moving their opening later.  The Grand Hotel is mostly convention business so they are not opening until 5/22 (Memorial Day weekend).  We are in touch with the visitors bureau who seems to think that most island hotels will remain open - but the new info is a day by day basis.  

**The scheduled event is still 7 weeks away***

The ZDM team is in the process of checking with dozens of local businesses, vendors and hotels to identify a postponement date for the fall. We are only 48 hours away from finalizing the most likely date. As you can imagine there are a TON of moving parts from hotels, ferry service, Legs Inn and working around other large events and conventions already scheduled on the island.

Thank you for your patience! A formal email and Facebook announcement will be released soon.  We still look forward to the 31st Annual Ride!
We are recommending to wait a few days to modify any of your reservations so you can adjust your reservations with one phone call.
As soon as full details are available check the Zoo-de-Mack Facebook page for details as well as your email inboxes. Well be posting details as they are available on the We Bike Detroit FB page as well.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1028750524146019/

In the meantime stay hopeful and healthy!!

The Zoo-de-Mack Team

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If the dates will not work are we able to receive a partial refund?

Say a prayer, cross fingers, etc...Doug Vargo Quinn Baldwin Richard Ulanski Robert Kamal

🙏🙏🙏

Juli Gary

Dave Coker

I know right?

Eric Biedermann Rebecca Pauly Biedermann

Kathleen VanDyke. Tracey Gullett Lounds

Becky Schuelke-Shehorn, Becky Schmitt, Natalie Eib

Josh Peplinski

Brad Griffioen Jason Friel

Dennis DeGrandchamp Dan Posner

Any word yet on cancellation? Or postponement?

😢 Tonya Grayvold Jozwiak

Fall when??? 😪

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Tuesday 17th March 2020, 13:41

Zoo-de-Mackinac, Inc.

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