Labor Day Bridge Run

Bridge Run

Limited Spots Remaining

New for 2015, lottery winners had until June 27 to claim their spots for the Labor Day Bridge Run. All unclaimed spots were open to the public starting June 28.

Space is limited so sign up today at No refunds will be given after August 1st, 2015.

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.

Each participant will get a deep purple A4 branded technical shirt. New this year, sizes will be gender specific.

State of Michigan employees will receive a lime green A4 branded technical shirt:

Volunteers and Fitness Ambassadors will receive a black A4 branded technical shirt:


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

If you were not selected in the lottery, 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.

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


A registration packet that provides detailed information regarding the run available for pick up the night before the run. In addition, runners will:

  • Enjoy a pasta dinner with fellow runners the night before the run.
  • Kick off the traditional Mackinac Bridge Walk.
  • Have an opportunity to serve as a fitness ambassador.
  • Receive a commemorative t-shirt.

As of 7/14/15, there is an anticipated $55 participation fee to help cover the costs of the event.

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.