Labor Day Community Walks

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Labor Day Community Walks

Mackinac Bridge aerial view of Labor Day  runnersMichigan has a long history of walking on Labor Day. For more than five decades Michigan residents have gathered in St. Ignace for the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. However, not all Michigan residents are able to attend the Bridge Walk. 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.

Labor Day Community Walks are now a tradition for many Michigan communities. Previous event organizers from White Lake have called the walks “a community staple.” While representatives from the Thornapple Trail Association and Village Council noted that their community walk has become “the thing to do on Labor Day.”

Hosting a walk is a great opportunity for communities to showcase their unique area and promote healthy living. A Labor Day walk is a great addition to any community’s pre-existing summer program. Organizers who register their event with the Michigan Fitness Foundation are able to have their walk endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. Event information will be posted online and promoted to citizens and the media. Organizers of registered walks will receive free support materials to help make their Labor Day Community Walk a success.

Communities that participated in 2013 Labor Day Community Walks

The following communities have registered to host Community Walks:

  • Alpena, Alpena Regional Medical Center
  • Buckley, Cherryland Electric Cooperative
  • Cadillac, Dynamic Physical Therapy
  • Cedar River, Cedarville Township
  • Chelsea, Chelsea Community Hospital
  • Grand Haven, City of Grand Haven
  • Grand Ledge, Eaton County Parks
  • Grand Rapids, City of Grand Rapids
  • Grosse Pointe Woods, City of Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Hart, City of Hart
  • Holland, City of Holland
  • Houghton-Hancock, City of Houghton
  • Ironwood, Airport Park, Charter Township of Ironwood
  • Manistee, City of Manistee Non—Motorized Transportation Committee
  • Marathon Township, Marathon Township Hall
  • Middleville, Village of Middleville
  • Milford, Unconventional Solutions, Inc
  • Monroe, Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau
  • Morenci, Morenci Chamber of Commerce
  • Portland, Adoption Associates, Inc
  • Rochester, Paint Creek Trail Commission
  • South Lyon, South Lyon Parks and Recreation
  • St. Clair, St. Clair County Parks and Recreation
  • Traverse City, Gloria Halligan
  • Traverse City, Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park
  • Waters, The Village of Waters
  • White Lake, White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ypsilanti, City of Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation Commission
 
 

 

If your community is interested in hosting a Labor Day Community Walks event, please contact marketingevents@michiganfitness.org. Organizers of registered walks will receive free support materials to help make their Labor Day Community Walk a success.

 

 

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.
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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.
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