100th running of the Chicago Mackinac Race

JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team
I received an invite to a pre-party for the 100th running of the Chicago Mackinac races. I admit, that yet again, I knew very little going in, but with the help of some really fun and nice people, I got up to speed quickly.

Initially, Jim, the manager of the Chicago Yacht Club gave me some great information on the race. I chatted a bit with some wonderful brothers, and John Grooters, of Grooters Productions, about the documentary they are working on which will incorporate footage taken from cameras mounted on four different boats. He said they are using iconics (?) cameras capable of being dunked, sunked and ker-pluncked… or at least able to get pretty wet!

So, the boats took off this morning and they will sail day and night for 2 to 4 days depending on wind. I think sailing may fall into the “You appreciate it, because you earned it” category… Or maybe it’s just plain old fun.

Either way, I wish I could be there in Mackinac, as the boats roll in this week… I hear it’s lovely. And the best part is… you can’t even drive there… no cars allowed. Ferries and bicycles.

Ahhh, no taxi horns… (note to self: add Mackinac to list)

100th running of the Chicago Mackinac Race from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.


Jen Knoedl is Executive Producer of JenChicago Productions, as well as its enthusiastic video host. Click here to find out about sponsorship and partnering opportunities regarding travel, Chicago and entrepreneurship. Tweet Jen at @JenTravelsLife

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