2017 Annual Bridge Walk
September 4, 2017
While there is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk, virtually all participants will have to take the bus transportation that we set up for the event. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5 per person (infants are free).
Bridge walk starts at 7:00 a.m.
The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. You may START walking anytime after the Governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7:00 a.m. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO START AFTER 10:00 a.m., so ARRIVE EARLY. All four lanes will reopen to traffic promptly at noon. Buses will pick up any walkers still on the bridge starting at 11:30 a.m.
Walk Route, Transportation and Parking
The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. To begin the walk you may:
Drive to St. Ignace, park your vehicle, walk the bridge and then return to St. Ignace on school buses provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The bus loading area is located at Conkling Park and the State Dock on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City, or
Buy your tickets in Mackinaw City at the bus loading area, board a bus to St. Ignace, walk the bridge and then return to your vehicle. Tickets go on sale and buses begin transporting walkers at 4:30 a.m. from Mackinaw City. Bus service from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace will end at 2:30 p.m. Accessible buses will be available. A limit of two additional people may accompany the person requiring transportation on the accessible bus.
The bridge will be closed to most vehicle traffic during the walk, except for the official walk shuttle buses and emergency vehicles, from 6:30 a.m. to noon. Participants in the walk who intend to drive across the bridge for the start should do so prior to 6:30 a.m. Otherwise, participants should plan to use the official walk shuttle buses to reach St. Ignace during the walk hours.
Anyone who cannot complete the walk before 11:30 a.m. will be picked up by a bus and brought to the finish line so the bridge can reopen to vehicle traffic promptly at noon.
Traffic and Restrooms
The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers and the two WEST lanes by event vehicles and emergency vehicles. The National Guard and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency. Please note, there are NO RESTROOMS ON THE BRIDGE and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be located at both ends of the bridge and at the bus loading area.
Baby strollers, animals and jogging
Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. NOT ALLOWED are: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of working service animals, NO ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED!! Walkers MUST stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic. EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRE-QUALIFIED, PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS JOG, NO running or racing is permitted. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog, please go to www.michiganfitness.org or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.
You will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk. The number on your certificate may match a number on display in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on day of event only. If you have a winning number, you are entitled to claim a prize which may be worth anywhere from $15 to $150. Good Luck!
Individuals under the age of 18
Individuals under the age of 18 should have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the walk. Any two or more people walking together should make plans for a meeting place in the event that they become separated during the walk.
Disclaimer of Liability.
View from the tower
Disclaimer of liability. Before beginning the walk, all participants should carefully determine that they are physically fit and medically able to participate in the annual walk since the physical strain of the walk could lead to serious health problems. Participants should also understand that walking involves risks of injury from falls due to the surface condition of the bridge, contact with other participants, and the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity.
THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, MACKINAC BRIDGE AUTHORITY, ST. IGNACE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MACKINAW AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS ARE NOT ASSUMING ANY OBLIGATIONS WITH REGARD TO SUCH RISKS AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING FROM ANY WALKER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL WALK.
As in the past, persons who need reasonable accommodations due to disability may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by September 1, 2017 at 906.643.7600. TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at 800.649.3777.