A portion of this event’s proceeds benefits our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Make a splash — and delight in the wonders of Michigan’s natural bodies of water — with our HeartMILake Virtual Race, the perfect way to enjoy summertime in the Wolverine State. Anyone of any age and any ability can participate: you only need a swimsuit (and possibly a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard) and an outdoor location!
Follow these steps to become a HeartMILake participant:
All HeartMILake swag will be sent out via Priority Mail on August 28!
Every HeartMILake participant will receive a beautiful finisher’s medal created especially for this event, along with a HeartMILake T-shirt. All medals and shirts will be mailed out via Priority Mail on August 28. Wear your HeartMILake shirt all year round to show your support for Michigan’s state parks and your commitment to fitness!
Please note: Epic Races does not ship swag to Canada or internationally. If you are a resident of Canada or another country and wish to participate in an Epic Races virtual event, please provide us with a U.S. shipping address.
Completing the HeartMILake has definite health benefits. Make your swim or paddle more than just a one-time event, and encourage your friends and family to join you as you HeartMILake! Your participation in HeartMILake also has benefits beyond these: a portion of the proceeds from this event go to the Michigan DNR to help fund reforestration efforts and fitness programs in state parks.
The HeartMILake Virtual Race has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. This event is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series and qualifies for the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.
A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter all DNR-managed properties. The Recreation Passport is your $11 ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures for an entire year! Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one-day park pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here.