The Mackinac Bridge Walk
Held every Labor Day in Michigan since 1958, it is an annual event in which people may walk the length of the Mackinac Bridge. The walkers are traditionally led across by the Governor of Michigan, currently Jennifer M.
In an average year, 50,000 to 65,000 people participate in the 5-mile walk. This is more than the combined population of the two counties connected by the bridge.
General Information about the Mackinaw Bridge Walk:
There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at a cost to be determined (infants are free).
The Mackinac Bridge is located on Interstate 75 in northern Michigan
at the Straits of Mackinac. The bridge connects Michigan's upper and
lower peninsulas. Mackinaw City is located at the south end of the
bridge. St. Ignace is located at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge.
The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.
In 1998, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan became the longest with a total suspension of 12,826 feet. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. The total length of the Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 feet. The length of the suspension bridge (including anchorages) is 8,614 feet. The length from cable bent pier to cable bent pier is 7,400 feet. Length of main span (between towers) is 3,800 feet.
Popular Michigan Tourism Attractions
Michigan has so much to offer in terms of recreation,
history and attractions:
The Mackinaw Bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 1,
1957, and promptly became a national icon and source of pride for Michigan
residents. In 1958, the bridge received a "most beautiful bridge"
award from the American Institute of Steel Construction. Today, the tourist
magnet attracts millions of visitors each year.