Labor Day Bridge Run

Bridge Run

The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run is a non-competitive run of about five miles over the Mackinac Bridge. It is organized by the Governor’s Office, the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and the Mackinac Bridge Authority. This is not a timed event and the course will not be certified for distance. The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run will be limited to 600 participants.

Registration is now closed.


Runners who expect to run slower than 12 minutes per mile and/or who cannot run the entire five miles should not participate in the run. It is important to keep the runners and walkers as separate groups for this event.

If you are unable to participate in the run, please consider enjoying the celebration by participating in the Mackinac Bridge Walk. Information on the walk can be found on the Mackinaw Bridge Authority website.


Packet Pickup

  • Starts Sunday at 5:15 p.m. at Little Bear East Ice Arena in St. Ignace
    • Dinner and Silent Auction starts at 6 p.m. Silent Auction items include:
      • Trip up to the Mackinac Bridge Tower
      • Two nights at Crystal Mountain
      • Two nights at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
      • And more...
    • Program starts at 6:30 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Calley
  • Morning of at the Mackinaw Recreation Center at 5 a.m. until buses leave


Morning of the Race:

  • Buses arrive at 5:10 a.m. at the Mackinaw City Recreation Center
  • Buses leave for St. Ignace at 5:40 a.m.--Bridge Run shirts and wrist bands must be worn to ride the bus
  • If you do not plan on riding the bus: be at the Start Line by 6:15 a.m.
    • Limited parking is available in the fields to the east of I-75, past the toll booths
    • A Runner Drop-off area will be staged by the Mackinac Bridge Authority on the side of I-75 past the toll booths
  • Run starts at 6:35 a.m.


For those that choose to meet at the Start Line, you can return to St. Ignace one of two ways:

  • Catch a Mackinac Bridge WALK bus back to St. Igance. Buses are located near Conkling Park
  • Take the Shepler's Ferry from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace. This ride features a historical presentation of the Mackinac Bridge.

When you finish, join in on our group picture. Smile and have a great time!

Endorsed Events

Each year, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness endorses events that promote safe physical activity and are consistent with the Council’s mission to Get Michigan Moving. The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run winners are randomly selected from the online lottery registration. Lottery registrants must have run in an eligible endorsed running event and be 18 years of age by Labor Day of that given year to qualify for the opportunity to participate. If you are an event organizer and would like to submit your event for consideration, please contact

Place and Time

The run will take place before the annual Bridge Walk which begins at 7:00 a.m. on Labor Day. Runners will be expected to catch a bus from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace by 5:40 a.m. to ensure they can take off for the run at approximately 6:50 a.m. Like the walk, the run will start in St. Ignace and end in Mackinaw City. Only the select 600 will be allowed to run the bridge. All others are welcome to join the walkers.

Visit the Mackinac Bridge Authority website for information on the Labor Day Bridge Walk.

Disclaimer of Liability:

Before beginning the run, all participants must carefully determine that they are physically fit and medically able to participate, since the physical strain of the run could lead to serious health problems. Participants should also understand that running 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, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness/Michigan Fitness Foundation, 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 runner's participation in the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run.



Labor Day Bridge Run Lottery

A non-competitive run of about five miles over the Mackinac Bridge. It is organized by the Governor’s office, the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The Bridge Run Lottery will open in January.

Labor Day Community Walks

The Michigan Fitness Foundation hopes to give every Michigander an opportunity to participate in this walking tradition by encouraging communities to host their own Labor Day Community Walk.