Labor Day Community Walks

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 participating in 2014 Labor Day Community Walks

The following communities have registered to host Community Walks:

  • 13th Annual Aliferis Memorial Run/Bike/Walk, Alpena. Coordinated by: Alpena Regional Medical Center

  • Cadillac Festival of Races, Cadillac. Coordinated by: Dynamic Physical Therapy

  • Chelsea Labor Day Walk, Chelsea. Coordinated by: Chelsea Community Hospital

  • 2014 Labor Day Bridge Walk, Grand Haven. Coordinated by: City of Grand Haven

  • Grand Crossings Bridge Walk, Grand Rapids. Coordinated by: City of Grand Rapids

  • Portage Health Labor Day Bridge Walk, Houghton/Hancock. Coordinated by: Portage Health

  • Mighty Mac in Marathon, Marathon Township

  • 9th Annual River Raisin Labor Day BBQ Festival Labor Day Walk, Monroe. Coordinated by: Monroe County Convention and Tourism Bureau

  • Muskegon Community Labor Day Walk and 5k Run, Muskegon. Coordinated by: City of Muskegon

  • Touched by Adoption 5k Run/Walk, Portland. Coordinated by: Adoption Associates, Inc

  • 9th Annual Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run, Rochester. Coordinated by: Paint Creek Trailways Commission

  • Trek the Trestle/Labor Day Bridge Walk, St. Clair. Coordinated by: St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission

  • 3rd Annual Traverse City Labor Day Bridge(s) Walk, Traverse City. Coordinated by: Traverse City Walks

  • White Lake Area Annual Labor Day Community Walk, White Lake. Coordinated by: White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Ypsilanti Labor Day "Bridge" Walk, Ypsilanti. Coordinated by: City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission

 
 

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 15

 

If your community is interested in hosting a Labor Day Community Walks event, please e-mail marketingevents@michiganfitness.org with the following information:

  • Contact name

  • Contact e-mail

  • Contact number

  • Community name

  • Organization

  • Name of walk

  • Link to event website/registration (if applicable)

Organizers of registered walks will receive free support materials to help make their Labor Day Community Walk a success. 

 

 

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.
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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.
READ MORE...