Labor Day Bridge Run Lottery

Bridge Run Lottery

The 2015 Bridge Run lottery is now closed.

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.

Deadline to register is July 14th or until the race fills. 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 500 participants who will be selected in a lottery drawn in June of 2015.

Visit the official Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run participant blog.

Eligibility for Lottery

  • Must be 18 years old by September 1, 2015 (you will be asked to provide proof of your age)

  • Must have participated in a Pure Michigan FITness Series running event endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness that takes place between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Endorsed events after May 31, 2015 will become part of the eligible events for the 2016 Labor Day Run.


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

Winning Lottery Entries

Lottery winners will be notified by email and U.S. mail. A registration packet that provides detailed information regarding the run will be sent to all lottery winners along with an Acceptance Response Form which must be returned for selection to be considered final. In addition, winners 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.

There is an anticipated $45 participation fee to help cover the costs of the event.

Place and Time

For selected winners, the run will take place before the annual bridge walk which begins at 7:00 a.m. on Labor Day. Like the walk, the run will start in St. Ignace and end in Mackinaw City. Only the lottery winners 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.