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60th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk

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Monday September 4th 2017

The Mackinac Bridge Walk is an annual event held every Labor Day since 1958 in Michigan in which people may walk the length of the Mackinac Bridge.  Walkers are traditionally led across by the governor of Michigan, currently Rick Snyder.  In an average year 50,000 to 65,000 people participate in the five-mile walk.  This is more than the combined population to the two counties connected by the bridge.
 
The Labor Day Bridge Walk is the sole exception to the rule prohibiting pedestrians on the bridge. At the beginning of the event, the two east lanes on the bridge—normally used for northbound traffic— are reserved for the southbound pedestrians, with the west lanes carrying two-way vehicular traffic.  Walkers begin on the St. Ignace side of the bridge in the Upper Peninsula and walk south to Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula.  Upon reaching Mackinaw City, walkers are awarded a numbered "Certificate of Completion."  School buses shuttle walkers back to their cars.

Make the LABOR DAY BRIDGE WALK a new tradition and join us in Mackinaw City this year.  For further information, contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority at 906-643-7600 or for more information please visit: Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk 
 

Event Information

NO Fees or Registration To Participate

There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk.  Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5 per person (infants are free).

Bridge walk starts at 7:00 a.m.

The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. You may START walking anytime after the Governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7:00 a.m. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO START AFTER 11:00 a.m., so ARRIVE EARLY.

Walk Route, Transportation and Parking

The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. To begin the walk you may:

Drive to St. Ignace, park your vehicle, walk the bridge and then return to St. Ignace on school buses provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.  There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area.  Parking is also available at Little Bear East Arena with shuttle service provided. The bus loading area is located at Conkling Park and the State Dock on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City, or Buy your tickets in Mackinaw City at the bus loading area, board a bus to St. Ignace, walk the bridge and then return to your vehicle.  The buses are hired for your convenience by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.  The Authority strongly advises walkers to arrange for their own transportation to the starting point because of the increasing demand on the buses.  Tickets go on sale and buses begin transporting walkers at 5:30 a.m. from Mackinaw City.  Handicap buses will be available.  A limit of two people may accompany the handicapped person on the handicap bus.

 

Traffic and Restrooms

The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers until 9:30 a.m. and the two WEST lanes by vehicular traffic. After 9:30 a.m. only one EAST lane is available to walkers.  The National Guard and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency.  Please note, there are NO RESTROOMS ON THE BRIDGE and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours.  Portable toilets will be located at both ends of the bridge and at the bus loading area in Mackinaw City.

Baby strollers, animals and jogging

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk.  NOT ALLOWED are: Smoking, Signs, Banners, Umbrellas, Bicycles, Roller Skates, Skateboards, Wagons and similar types of devices.  With the sole exception of "Working Service Dogs", NO ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED!!  Walkers MUST stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic.  EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRE-QUALIFIED, PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS JOG, NO running or racing is permitted. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog, please go to www.michiganfitness.org or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.