Governor Snyder Joins 40,000 on Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk

By Josh Paciorek | September 03, 2013

Yesterday morning, Gov. Rick Snyder joined an estimated 40,000 Michiganders in the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk.  Held annually since 1958, the walk is one of the governor’s favorite events.

“One of the great traditions we have here in Michigan is the Bridge Walk,” Gov. Snyder said. “Everyone loves the Mackinac Bridge and this is our one day to enjoy walking it with friends and family, and it’s a great time.”

Gov. Snyder began the walk at 7 a.m. and completed the 5-mile crossing in 57 minutes, besting last years’ time by more than six minutes.  Participants started in St. Ignance and finished in Mackinaw City.

The first bridge walk was led by Gov. Gerhard Mennen Williams during the bridge’s dedication ceremony in June 1958.  In the following year, the walk was moved to Labor Day.  It remains the only day of the year when pedestrians can walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

“Labor Day is a day to say, ‘thank you,’ to all the hard working people in Michigan,” Governor Snyder said.  “We stand together stronger than we have in a decade. More Michigan residents are working and earning more, businesses and farms are producing and exporting more, and our state's population and economy continue to grow.”