Residents can ‘double cross’ Mackinac Bridge
Bridge will be closed Monday morning
The Mackinac Bridge Authority, St. Ignace Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk Monday, Sept. 2.
Several changes made to the event in 2018 will remain in effect. The bridge will be closed to public traffic from 6:30 a.m. to noon Monday. The walk will begin at 7 a.m., and participants may start walking any time between 7 and 11:30 a.m.
Participants may begin at either end of the bridge, in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace, turn around at the halfway point and head back to where they started.
No bus transportation across the bridge will be available. Participants who decide to walk the entire bridge will need to arrange their own transportation back to the end of the bridge where they started – after the bridge reopens to public traffic at noon.
The walk, which takes about two hours, is free, and no registration is required. Participants will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of the walk. Certificates will be distributed at both ends of the bridge.
One opportunity introduced last year is the option to walk the entire length of the bridge, turn around, and walk back (a 10-mile circuit). While this is not for everyone, organizers recognized it as a unique draw to the event. So, last year, the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce sponsored the inaugural Double Crossers Club, to celebrate the hardy individuals who walk over and back, collecting certificates from both sides. The chamber sold 100 limited-edition, commemorative T-shirts. In hopes of attracting the adventurous walkers again this year, the chamber is continuing the Double Crossers Club.
Details on the 62nd walk are available at mackinacbridge.org.
Information on the Double Crossers Club can be found at mackinawchamber.com.
The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Run has additional information at michiganfitness.org.