Walking The Mighty Mac

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Photo: Jim Hopper
Photo: Jim Hopper

It’s a tradition that has drawn thousands of people from all over for almost 60 years and this year’s event was no different.

Photo: Jim Hopper
Photo: Jim Hopper

The Mackinac Bridge Authority reports that over 30,000 people took part in this year’s bridge walk over the Mighty Mac that connects the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the lower over the Mackinac straits on September 7.  The walk begins on the north side in St. Ignace to Mackinaw City on the southern side.

“Many people from Michigan and beyond look forward to the bridge walk all year, so we’re thrilled the weather cooperated enough to keep the tradition going,” said Bob Sweeney, executive secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA). “It’s always a fun event, and I’m sure people were already making their plans for next year as they traveled home yesterday.”

The event has never been cancelled due to weather, though it came pretty close this year as rain and thunderstorms rolled into the area. The MBA closely monitored weather conditions and luckily the weather did cooperate with the exception of some drizzle and some stiff winds.

The Mackinac bridge is believed to be the third longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge opened on November 1 1957. The first bridge walk was held on June 28, 1958 with just 60 participants. The walk was moved to the Labour Day weekend in 1959.

Crossing the finish line in Mackinac City Photo: Jim Hopper
Crossing the finish line in Mackinac City
Photo: Jim Hopper