2012 Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk

MDOT asked the public to post their memories of the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge, including this year's. One person's memory was chosen at random to win a free trip to the top of the bridge while the person who traveled the farthest and shared a memory won a Pure Michigan prize pack.

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  1. “Tell Us Your Story" Mackinac Bridge Walk promotion details

    by Michigan Department of Transportation on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:49am

    To participate - it's simple! Just post a memory about your experience participating in the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk on the MDOT Facebook page (michigan.gov/MichiganDOT). It could be a photo, video, or simply a quick message. The memory can be from previous bridge walks or this year's bridge walk. We will select one memory at random to win a free tour of the Mackinac Bridge.


    Also, the person who travels the farthest and shares a memory from this year's bridge walk will get a free Pure Michigan prize pack.

  2. After walking for about 10 years in a row, I took a break, once I took my wife, she was hooked and loves walking the bridge.
  3. Are you walking on the Mackinac Bridge this Labor Day? Share your memories with the  http://www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT?ref=stream " class="">Michigan Department of Transportation on Facebook. Photos, video, or just a quick message about your experience - we want to hear from you! One person will be picked at random to win a tour for two of the Mackinac Bridge (yes, that includes going to the top!) The person who travels the farthest to walk the bridge this year gets a free Pure Michigan gift pack. For details, go to facebook.com/MichiganDOT" class="">facebook.com/MichiganDOT.
  4. My parents always had to walk the Might Mac but my favorite time was when my husband & I took our 3 boys across for the first time. They were so amazed, the wanted to stop and look at every deal but you can't stop, you have to keep walking. They just loved it! Would love to be able to walk it again some day with our boys!
  5. This is the best way to view the Mighty Mac! We were flying home in our Cessna 172, after a over night stay on Mackinaw Island! — with  http://www.facebook.com/david.hansen.395454 " class="">David Hansen at  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mackinaw-Bridge/147906948571582?ref=stream " class="">Mackinaw Bridge.
  6. In the 1960s the Bridge Authority charged for taking the shuttle busses from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace before the bridge walk, but were free if you showed the certificate you received at the conclusion of the walk, to ride back. As a teen, that seemed unfair, so when I was 15, I paid to go over, walked the bridge, then showed them my certificate for a free ride and walked it a 2nd time on the same morning.
  7. Several years as a child, my family and our family friends would camp at Burt Lake State park and all cram into our Ford van to walk the Bridge. My Dad would drive slowly across the bridge with our sliding side door open and we would high ...five all the walkers as we crossed. Then he would turn around and meet us at the other side. As our little group walked across the bridge we would tap on strangers' shoulders and scurry away so that it looked like another member of our party was the one who tapped the person's shoulder. We thought this was hilarious.See More
  8. My first bridge walk was the year President and Mrs. Bush walked our Mighty Mac. It was exciting for such an event to happen in MI. Crowds were very large and the wait to board a bus back to the UP was endless. But I survived and have walked quite a few times since. I will be there Monday!
  9. One year I was in line for the bus back to the UP behind a family with triplets in a stroller, plus another toddler. I greatly admired their energy to tackle such an impressive feat! I helped out by holding one of the triplets in line, as she was getting restless in the stroller.
  10. In 1994 my wife and I decided to walk the bridge. We decided to park on the north side to do our walk. As we drove across, at the apex of the bridge, the sun broke over the horizon hitting a rain shower to the west of the bridge. This is the photo i took as my wife steered. This was only possible because we were on the east side of the bridge!
  11. Bridge on Labor Day - . In earlier years, race walking both on the professional and amateur levels, were held just prior to the general public's participation. As a young, inexperienced "racer" full of competitive vigor, I decided to try and see how well I could do. So it was I found myself at the north end starting point along with dozens of other teens my age. Without thought to form or strategy I proceeded to move across the 26,400' roadway that lay before me.
    I don't know if I had a bowl of Wheaties, a slice of fudge or a quart of Tahquamenon well water prior to this event but low and behold I came in 1st. The two crazy parts to the finish is that I beat out my 2nd place adversary by 1 second - again, a 5 mile race...one second separating the two top spots!
    The other oddity is that I trudged this uphill/downhill course wearing my black leather Sunday shoes (proper support apparently was the goal). At the finish line I swore I was walking in ski boots. After 45 years, I still marvel at this outcome !
  12. Hi. I am a student at Michgan Tech, & a Co-op for MDOT in the Engineering Department =) My family used to walk the Mackinaw Bridge every year!! My first time walking the bridge I was 10 years old. My grandma used to be a power walker back then. Myself my brother & three of my cousins practically ran the bridge taking advantage of our small size and weiving in and out of all the adults... just to beat my grandma across the bridge! haha we got to the end and were so pumped to beat her across =) We were cheering with accomplishment untill we found out that our grandma had actually beat us! haha we were all dumb founded... how did she get past us? haha It was so much fun!! The best part of the walk was always the entire family being together. Every year we would eat at BIG BOY right after. Breakfast never tasted so good!!
  13. Last year was my first year walking the bridge and at 4 month pregnant, I battled through morning sickness to do something that I always wanted to do. I walked with two awesome women and we laughed and talked the whole time. With the sunrise, the baby, the Might Mac and knuckle bumping as many National Guard members as I could – it was one of the best experiences of my life.
  14. I grew up in St. Ignace and as a child I watched the bridge being built. At the age of 12 I participated in the first walk in 1958, the year after the bridge opened. I was tired but proud -- and my feet hurt! I moved away from St. Ignace in 1962, but you are inspiring me to go up there again some Labor Day soon.
  15. Last year I did the Bridge Walk for the first time...I was so excited to do it and wondered why I never did it before! I had to travel all the way from California to to fulfill a life-long dream.
  16. I have walked the bridge several times with my grandparents. I have the best grandparents a person could ask for. What an experience to say that not only have I walked the bridge, but twice with my grandparents. I am now 38 and the last ti...me I walked was when I was in college. My grandparents are now 80 and 81 years old and can no longer walk it. This year I am taking my oldest daughter (age 11) and the rest of the girls in my girl scout troop to help celebrate the 100th year of Girl Scouts. We are very excited!!! Another memorable trip was when former President George Bush walked the bridge in 1992. We live only 50 miles south of the bridge, but had to wake and leave around 2 AM to get there in time to be in front to see him speak in St. Ignace prior to the walk. We stood right in the front row, were able to see the sun come up and see the President from about 10 feet away! That was awesome!!!See More
  17. Headed up to walk the bridge all the way from Philadelphia!
  18. Our family moved here in 2009 from Arkansas and the famous bridge walk is an annual family tradition for us now. You see my daughter has cystic fybrosis and for her at the age of 20 to walk the bridge is an incredible task in it's self. We will be walking tomorrow and as many more years as the good Lord lets us have our daughter. Thank your for letting us walk tomorrow see you there. — with  http://www.facebook.com/jean.marottiballard " class="">Jean Marotti Ballard and  http://www.facebook.com/chrissie.ballard " class="">Chrissie Ballard.
  19. My wife and I were married in Petoskey, Michigan in August 1988. My family came out from the West Coast so we took them out to Mackinaw Island the next day. They then helped me move my bride to the Detroit area. We followed with a trip back... to the UP and Pictured Rocks in particular. Then we did the Labor Day walk across the bridge. We felt so energetic that we contemplated walking it a second time that day. We decided to finish our honeymoon in San Francisco instead. We came away thinking we would be back for the bridge walk every year. But that hasn't happened yet and we have been married 24 years now.See More