Mackinac Bridge Walk Labor Day

57th Annual Walk - September 1, 2014
Free!

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Mackinac Bridge Walk - Labor Day
THouseand of walkers crossing the Mackinac Bridge in 2011
Prints & greeting cards of this Mackinac Bridge Walk photo
The Mackinac Bridge Walk has been held every year since 1958. The first bridge walk during the Bridge's Dedication Ceremony in June, 1958 and only 68 people walked across the Mackinac Bridge that year. The walk has been held on Labor Day every year since 1959. Most years, the Michigan Governor leads off the start of he Bridge Walk and President George H. W. Bush led the walk in 1992.


The sun is rising over Mackinac Island as walkers ascend the Mackinac Bridge


Mackinac Bridge

Building the Mackinac Bridge Building the Bridge

Mackinac Bridge 50th Anniversay parade and fireworks 50th Anniversary of opening the bridge

Stormy Lake Michigan
Windy Straits

Straits of Mackinac lisghouse pictures
Mackinac lighthouses
 

The Mackinac Bridge Walk begins at 7 AM and no one is permitted to begin their walk after 11AM. Two lanes of traffic are closed for the start of the walk and motor vehicle traffic is limited to one lane in each direction. Midway in the morning, the walkers are reduced to one lane, allowing two lanes for traffic heading south.

Although the direction of the walk was south to north in the early years, the walk is now always from the Upper Peninsula to the lower Peninsula. A fleet school buses takes the majority of the walkers from the Mackinaw City side to St. Ignace. Other walkers use the busses to return to the UP. There is no fee to walk the bridge, but there is a $5 charge for the bus. The busses run from the Old State Dock in Mackinaw City from 5:30 AM until 2:30 PM.

To manage the 40-80,000 people who walk the bridge, the following are NOT permitted: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and other similar devices. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. The ONLY animals permitted are working service dogs.

There are no rest rooms on the bridge, but there are huge banks of portable toilets at both ends. Although the walk can be completed in about an hour, the typical walk will take about 2 hours. No running or jogging is permitted.

400 runners and wheeling athletes are permitted to run across the Mackinac Bridge at the start of the walk. They are selected by a lottery a this web site. There is a fee for participation in the walk.

For many years, there was a walking race at the beginning of the Mackinac Bridge Walk. Competitors were required to walk heal to toe and running or jogging could result in a disqualification. The mightymac.org Webmaster competed in the walk in 1967 at age 13 and finished 5th in his age group with a time of about 56 minutes.

Walkers at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge
Starting out across the Mackinac Bridge

Walkers packed on the Mackinac Bridge
 

Michigan National Guard soldier on the Mackinac Bridge
Hundreds of National Guard Men and Women provide security for the Mackinac Bridge Walk and cheer walkers on

Mackinac Bridge Grating
Looking down through the grates which comprise the two inside lanes of the suspended portion of the bridge
and reduce the weight of the bridge deck

Mackinac Bridge weather station
The Mackinac Bridge Authority monitors conditions at various points along the structure - this weather
station is at the center of the the bridge

Mackinac Bridge Walk finnish line
Walkers are given  a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk - the number on the certificate may match a prize number
on display in one of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on day of event 

1959 Mackinac Bridge Walk - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Preparing for the start of the 1959 Mackinac Bridge Walk


Walkers starting across the Bridge from Mackinac City in 1959

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