Mackinac Bridge Walk Labor Day
60th Annual Walk - September 4, 2017
Free!

NEW FOR 2017: Only buses and emergency vehicles will be permitted on the Mackinac Bridge between 6:30AM - noon. The bridge will be closed to all other traffic.
Proposals for the 2018 Bridge Walk     2017 Photographs

Fact Sheet  Shuttles to Bridge Walk Map   Text Alerts

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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 the 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 10AM. NEW FOR 2017: Only buses and emergency vehicles will be permitted on the Mackinac Bridge between 6:30AM - noon. The bridge will be closed to all other traffic.

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. There is no fee to walk the bridge, but there is a $5 charge for the bus. The busses run from Conkling Heritage Park at the foot of the Old State Dock in Mackinaw City from 4:30 AM until 2:30 PM. Map to shuttles

Other walkers park in St. Ignace and use the the $5 shuttle busses to return to the UP. They may park on the roads near the foot of the Mackinac Bridge or park in downtown St. Ignace to take a free shuttle from Little Bear Arena to the walk. They will need to change shuttle busses when they return from Mackinaw City to the foot of the Bridge. Map to shuttles

To manage the 30-80,000 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 90 minutes to 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 run.

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 walking race in 1967 at age 13 and finished 5th in his age group with a time of about 56 minutes.

PRIVATE TRAFFIC: From 6:30AM - Noon, Northbound I-75 traffic will be stopped at Exit 337 on the south end of the bridge; southbound US-2 and I-75 traffic will be stopped at Exit 344 on the north side. Portable bathrooms will be placed along US-2 for several miles west of the bridge. Water and snack stations will be located on US-2 and I-75 north and south of the bridge. Two Mackinac Bridge Authority mechanics will patrol to assist motorists with vehicle problems. 

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

1959 Mackinac Bridge Walk
Walkers starting across the Mackinac Bridge from Mackinaw City in 1959

Mackinac Bridge Walk Fact Sheet & Tips

There is no charge to walk the Mackinac Bridge, but there is a $5 charge to take the shuttle either before or after the walk.

Shuttle busses will carry walkers from Mackinaw City & St. Ignace to the north side of the Mackinac Bridge from 4:30AM - 2:30PM.

Walkers may start between 7AM and 10AM. Buses will start picking up those who have not completed the walk starting at 11:30AM.

Walk only. No running, jogging, etc.

Only official vehicles will be permitted on the Mackinac Bridge between 6:30AM and Noon. No private traffic!

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk.

Only working service animals are permitted. No other animals are allowed 

There are no rest rooms on the Mackinac Bridge. There are portable toilets at both ends of the bridge and at the shuttle loading area.

Bags may be inspected.

NOT PERMITTED: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons & similar devices.

You will receive a numbered Mackinac Bridge Walk certificate at the completion of the walk. The number on your certificate may match a prize winning number on display in store windows in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace on the day of event.

Wear layers. It may be cold at the start of the walk, but much warmer before you finish.

Those who need reasonable accommodations due to disability may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by September 1, 2017 at (906) 643-7600. TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at (800) 649-3777.

Mackinac Bridge Walk Text Alerts
Mackinac County 911, using its RAVE Alert System, will send updates and information from the MBA to users' cell phones now through Labor Day. Alerts will focus on event schedule reminders, traffic notifications, weather updates, and emergency notifications. 

There is no cost to receive these updates, aside from any texting fees from the participant's mobile coverage plan. The system will automatically shut down on September 5.

To opt in to this text alert system:

1. Text mackinacbridgewalk2017 to67283

2. Users will receive a reply Welcome to the Mackinac Bridge Walk 2017 text alerting system,verifying participation in the text alerting system for the event.

3. Users can opt out by sending a reply STOP mackinacbridgewalk2017if they no longer wish to receive text messages/alerts. Messages will automatically stop on September 5.

Mackinaw City Shuttle to Bridge Walk Map
Mackinaw City Shuttle to Bridge Walk Start
St. Ignace Shuttle to Bridge Walk Map
St. Ignace Shuttle to Bridge Walk Start

Proposals for the 2018 Bridge Walk     2017 Photographs

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