The tradition was settled on the following year, 1959, when the date was moved to Labor Day. Yesterday, the bridge was crossed for the 62nd time.
Same as for the last year’s celebration, the bridge was closed for traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., providing people ample room to walk in both directions and from end to end.
Fine rain paused the moment thousands of walkers started traversing the Mackinac Bridge, accompanied by Gov. G. Whitmer.
The “Big Mack” is about five miles long. It connects two peninsulas of the state and stretches over the Straits of Mackinac, which link lakes Michigan and Huron.
Many citizens who were in the queue before daybreak wore raincoats to protect themselves from the rain which, luckily, ceased just in time for the start of the event at 7 a.m.
Coordinators anticipated between 20,000 and 30,000 participants on the “Mighty Mack” to link St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
One of the visitors was Cindi Feldwisch from New Mexico. She shared that this walk across the bridge was her “bucket list” trip.