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The Mighty Mac Bridge Walk

Who made the five-mile trek across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge for the Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk?

It’s on my list. Actually, it’s been for a while. Walking the Mighty Mac, that is.

This year marked the 55th Annual Bridge Walk. At the Bridge’s 1958 dedication ceremony 60 people walked over the Straits of Mackinac. And this year – from big kids to little, around 45,000 walkers became part of the tradition.

Yoopers and Trolls Attack the Mac!

Labor Day is the only time of the year that pedestrians are allowed on the bridge, but there’s more to the bridge than meets the eye than the breathtaking view. Bob Sweeny, Executive Secretary of the Bridge Authority, says that along with the grandeur also comes a responsibility to the environment.

Did you know that at midnight the decorative lights get turned off to conserve energy? And, to be even more energy and green conscious, the amount of lights that set the bridge all aglow are restricted. In hoping to make more of a difference, the lighting has also been reduced at the toll plaza and LED lights in the arrow board and toll canopy help lead the way now, too.

So next time you cross and are looking at the grandeur of the Mighty Mackinac, remember that the Bridge is doing its part, too!

Buster the Dog's featured caption entry by Jillena Rose via Pure Michigan Pure Michigan Mighty Mack Bridge Walk Cartoon.

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Shawn Stevens September 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I love walking the bridge. I don't do it every year but I have walked it 5 times. I have some really cool photos one looking straight up the main tower. I didn't make it this year.

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