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THE 2023 ANNUAL MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK – September 4, 2023

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The 2023 Annual Bridge Walk is currently scheduled for Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. Any updates will be posted here as the event approaches.

The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to public traffic from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023 to accommodate the 2023 Annual Bridge Walk.

No bus transportation across the bridge will be provided as part of the event. Walkers who decide to walk across the entire bridge will need to arrange their own transportation back to the end of the bridge where they started after the bridge reopens to public traffic at noon. There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area.

For those seeking alternative transportation during the event, the local Mackinac Island ferry companies offer transportation between St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, and Mackinac Island, as well as between St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Local transportation companies also offer shuttle service between various locations.

There is no fee or registration required to participate in the walk. The walk begins at 7 a.m. You may start walking any time after the governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7 a.m. No one will be permitted to start after 11:30 a.m., so make sure you arrive early.

The walk begins in St. Ignace at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula, and in Mackinaw City at the south end of the bridge in the Lower Peninsula. To participate in the walk you may:

– Walk form either end of the bridge, turning around at the midpoint and returning to the city you started from, where your transportation is located. The turnaround points will move towards the ends of the bridge beginning at 10 a.m., but walkers can walk at least a portion of the bridge if you start by 11:30 a.m. Walkers must be on the side of the bridge they wish to return to before 10 a.m. or you will be turned back.

– Walk from either end of the bridge and continue across to the other side. This option is most like previous bridge walks. However, since bus transportation across the bridge will not be provided, walkers who choose this option will need to arrange for their own transportation back across after the bridge reopens at noon. Walkers who do not reach the midpoint of the bridge before 10 a.m. will be turned back.

– Walk from either end of the bridge, continuing across to the other side, then walking back to the end of the bridge you started from. This option will mean a 10-mile round trip for participants. If walkers in this option do not reach the midpoint of the bridge on their return trip by 10 a.m. will be turned back.

Walkers will use the left-hand outside paved lane as they walk onto the bridge, regardless of which end of the bridge they start from. Walkers who turn back at the midpoint will turn right, then return using the opposite side outside paved lane. Walkers who choose to cross the entire bridge will stay in the left-hand outside paved lane all the way across.

The Michigan State Police and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency.

Please note, there are no restrooms on the bridge and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be available in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. Prohibited items include signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of working service dogs, no animals are allowed. Walkers must stay away from bridge railings. The inside lane in both directions will remain open for emergency vehicles.

Except for pre-qualified, registered participants in the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Run, no running or racing is permitted on the bridge. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted and no smoking on the bridge, please. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Run, please go to www.michiganfitness.org or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.

You will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk. Certificates will be distributed at both ends of the bridge. Individuals under the age of 18 should have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the walk. Any two or more people walking together should make plans for a meeting place in the event that they become separated during the walk.

Disclaimer of liability: Before beginning the walk, all participants should carefully determine that they are physically fit and medically able to participate in the annual walk since the physical strain of the walk could lead to serious health problems. Participants should also understand that walking 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 CITY CHAMBER OR COMMERCE, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS ASSUME NO OBLIGATIONS WITH REGARD TO SUCH RISKS AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING FROM ANY WALKER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL WALK.

As in the past, persons who need reasonable accommodations due to disability may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by August 30, 2023 at 906-643-7600. TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at 800-649-3777.
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Mackinac Bridge – Photos From Instagram

Tag your Mackinac Bridge Walk instagram photos with #mackinacbridge and they will appear here in our Mackinac Bridge Instagram Photo Stream.

Instagram post 17896167779497835 Catch that ferry! Catch that light! ⛴ 🙌❤️

Catch that ferry! Catch that light! ⛴ 🙌❤️ ...

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Instagram post 17935935149308038 I’m pretty sure I’ve found the best #campsite in puremichigan 🙌🔥🔥🔥😊 This shot has been in my head for years and I finally made it happen 😊🙌🌅 uptravel mistateparks #michigan #mackinacbridge #campfire #camping #longexposureoftheday #longexposhots #longexpoelite #quechua #decathlon

I’m pretty sure I’ve found the best #campsite in puremichigan 🙌🔥🔥🔥😊 This shot has been in my head for years and I finally made it happen 😊🙌🌅 uptravel mistateparks #michigan #mackinacbridge #campfire #camping #longexposureoftheday #longexposhots #longexpoelite #quechua #decathlon ...

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Instagram post 18028702234314704 Living for the light last night! 💫 I hope everyone was able to enjoy that magic!

Living for the light last night! 💫 I hope everyone was able to enjoy that magic! ...

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Instagram post 18037595926676759 Before all the snow melts and the current deep freeze subsides this time around, I have to post this shot! It’s become a tradition of mine to post once it finally “feels like winter” and it does still, even if it might not next week😂🥲❄️🥶 mistateparks puremichigan mackinawcitymi mackinac_parks 

#travel #explore #puremichigan #michigan #midwest #winter #snow #ice #winterwonderland
#greatlakes #greatlakesstate #mackinac #mackinaw #mackinacbridge #mackinacisland #blueice

Before all the snow melts and the current deep freeze subsides this time around, I have to post this shot! It’s become a tradition of mine to post once it finally “feels like winter” and it does still, even if it might not next week😂🥲❄️🥶 mistateparks puremichigan mackinawcitymi mackinac_parks #travel #explore #puremichigan #michigan #midwest #winter #snow #ice #winterwonderland #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #mackinac #mackinaw #mackinacbridge #mackinacisland #blueice ...

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Instagram post 17941320797044398 Buckets and Buckets of rain came down yesterday. ☔️ 

My heart goes out to everyone effected by the tornado that went through Gaylord. ❤️‍🩹

Buckets and Buckets of rain came down yesterday. ☔️ My heart goes out to everyone effected by the tornado that went through Gaylord. ❤️‍🩹 ...

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Instagram post 17970927121894387 Mighty and storm!
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#izzca #latergram #tbt #mackinacbridge #mightymac #themightymac #michigan #throwbackthrusday #longexposure #visitdetroit #agameoftones #longexpo_addiction #longexposure_shots #superphoto_longexpo #moodygrams #puremittigan #rawdetroit #motorcityshooters #puremichigan #depictTheD #michiganders #ig_shotz_le #wearemichiganders #local4 #moodygrams #nikonofilter #way2ill  #magical_shots #michiganders #nikon #mygreatlakesatthedia

Mighty and storm! . . ----------------------------- Shot with Nikon D7100 Settings: Manual Mode Nikkor 10-20mm @ 13 mm 1/3 secs, f/4, ISO 200 Cheap tripod ---------------------------------- #izzca #latergram #tbt #mackinacbridge #mightymac #themightymac #michigan #throwbackthrusday #longexposure #visitdetroit #agameoftones #longexpo_addiction #longexposure_shots #superphoto_longexpo #moodygrams #puremittigan #rawdetroit #motorcityshooters #puremichigan #depictTheD #michiganders #ig_shotz_le #wearemichiganders #local4 #moodygrams #nikonofilter #way2ill #magical_shots #michiganders #nikon #mygreatlakesatthedia ...

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Instagram post 17943840878570721 Good morning from the Mighty Mack! Headed to the Porkies for some fun mistateparks project work with swnaturephoto and b_still_photos, and what a way to kick off the weekend!! Blue ice and theee most perfect light we could have asked for! On the run so only time check in for a quick second (i promise to catch up with everyone soon!!) but wanted to share this gorgeous blue ice scene from this morning! 💙❄️ #snow #mackinacbridge #winter #weather #sunrise #blueice #neverstopexploring #ice #shotzdelight #uptravel #shotz_fired #eclectic_shotz #mynorth #puremichigan #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #earth_shotz #ig_shotz #uptravel #reflections #nisifilters #nikonnofilter #michiganders #midwestlivingmag #natgeo #natgeotravel #ipulledoverforthis #visualambassadors #ig_myshots #earth_pix #nikonusa

Good morning from the Mighty Mack! Headed to the Porkies for some fun mistateparks project work with swnaturephoto and b_still_photos, and what a way to kick off the weekend!! Blue ice and theee most perfect light we could have asked for! On the run so only time check in for a quick second (i promise to catch up with everyone soon!!) but wanted to share this gorgeous blue ice scene from this morning! 💙❄️ #snow #mackinacbridge #winter #weather #sunrise #blueice #neverstopexploring #ice #shotzdelight #uptravel #shotz_fired #eclectic_shotz #mynorth #puremichigan #natgeo #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #earth_shotz #ig_shotz #uptravel #reflections #nisifilters #nikonnofilter #michiganders #midwestlivingmag #natgeo #natgeotravel #ipulledoverforthis #visualambassadors #ig_myshots #earth_pix #nikonusa ...

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Instagram post 17872803473568436 It’s October! Mackinac Island just might be at its most beautiful in the fall! 🍁🎃🍁

It’s October! Mackinac Island just might be at its most beautiful in the fall! 🍁🎃🍁 ...

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Instagram post 18076068157395054 Fall is a favorite 🍁 
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#autumn #autumnvibes🍁 #autumncolors #leafpeeping #leafpeeper #fall #fallseason #fallvibes #michigan #michiganautumn #michiganfall #michiganseasons #nomi #northernmichigan #mackinacbridge #straitsofmackinac #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #mackinawcity #mackinawcitymichigan

Fall is a favorite 🍁 . 📸 sbohon1 . #autumn #autumnvibes🍁 #autumncolors #leafpeeping #leafpeeper #fall #fallseason #fallvibes #michigan #michiganautumn #michiganfall #michiganseasons #nomi #northernmichigan #mackinacbridge #straitsofmackinac #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #mackinawcity #mackinawcitymichigan ...

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Happy New Year Mackinac! ✨🥳✨ ...

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Instagram post 17933551504684853 64 years ago today the Mackinac Bridge opened to traffic! Happy birthday Mighty Mac, you’re quite the sight to see🎉

64 years ago today the Mackinac Bridge opened to traffic! Happy birthday Mighty Mac, you’re quite the sight to see🎉 ...

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Instagram post 18182854879087308 With the major #snowfall that we had last night in puremichigan it seems that #winter 1.0 is officially here for 2022. And it looks like the #snow will keep coming for a bit, so now seems like a good opportunity to post one of my favorite shots from last winter! Is anyone else hoping for more #blueice this year? 🧊❄️☃️😊 re-edit of a shot from last February. mackinawcitymi puremichigan sonyalpha sigmaphoto

With the major #snowfall that we had last night in puremichigan it seems that #winter 1.0 is officially here for 2022. And it looks like the #snow will keep coming for a bit, so now seems like a good opportunity to post one of my favorite shots from last winter! Is anyone else hoping for more #blueice this year? 🧊❄️☃️😊 re-edit of a shot from last February. mackinawcitymi puremichigan sonyalpha sigmaphoto ...

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Instagram post 18028830713052585 Never stop looking for adventure.

Amazing photo by the talented 📷: pinay716252 

#lakelove #lovemichigan #lakelife #michiganders #grandrapids #exploremichigan #puremittitan #mackinacisland #nomi #puremi #marquettemichigan #greatlakesstate #lakemichigan #michigan #mackinacisland #thegreatlakes  #northernmichigan #outdoorphotography #lakesuperior #midwestmoment #mackinacbridge #lakemichigan #greatlakes #greatlakesstateofmind #mittenstate #lakehuron #naturephotography #greatlifegreatlakes

Never stop looking for adventure. Amazing photo by the talented 📷: pinay716252 #lakelove #lovemichigan #lakelife #michiganders #grandrapids #exploremichigan #puremittitan #mackinacisland #nomi #puremi #marquettemichigan #greatlakesstate #lakemichigan #michigan #mackinacisland #thegreatlakes #northernmichigan #outdoorphotography #lakesuperior #midwestmoment #mackinacbridge #lakemichigan #greatlakes #greatlakesstateofmind #mittenstate #lakehuron #naturephotography #greatlifegreatlakes ...

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Instagram post 17906528468236011 The Autumn Flame Red Maples are very much ablaze this weekend! Right on time for the island’s Halloween celebrations!
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The Autumn Flame Red Maples are very much ablaze this weekend! Right on time for the island’s Halloween celebrations! 🍁🎃🍁 ...

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Instagram post 18000872648496480 Musings at the Mighty Mac.
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#mackinacbridge #mackinacbridgemichigan #mightymac #michigan #nomi #northernmichigan #straitsofmackinac #autumn #michiganautumn #moodymichigan #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #lakehuron #lakemichigan #upperpeninsulamichigan #upperpeninsula #mittenlove #mittenstatelove #smittenwiththemitten

Musings at the Mighty Mac. . 📸 kathy_woods_booth_photography . #mackinacbridge #mackinacbridgemichigan #mightymac #michigan #nomi #northernmichigan #straitsofmackinac #autumn #michiganautumn #moodymichigan #greatlakes #greatlakesstate #lakehuron #lakemichigan #upperpeninsulamichigan #upperpeninsula #mittenlove #mittenstatelove #smittenwiththemitten ...

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Instagram post 17954528113526380 The light just hits a little different this time of year. 🍁☀️🍁

The light just hits a little different this time of year. 🍁☀️🍁 ...

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The long and winding road. 🍁❤️🍁 ...

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Instagram post 17916828142918874 I woke up at 4am in Petoskey and drove up to Straights State Park to catch this #sunrise but I had no idea we’d be getting this incredible #cloud that drifted in, then lit up bright pink and red from the sun, and then parked itself right above the #mackinacbridge !! 😍 This was definitely one for the books!! 10/17/2021 ❤️☁️❤️☁️ puremichigan puremittigan sonyalpha #sonya7II sigmaphoto #sigma100400mm #fall #autumn #fallsunrise

I woke up at 4am in Petoskey and drove up to Straights State Park to catch this #sunrise but I had no idea we’d be getting this incredible #cloud that drifted in, then lit up bright pink and red from the sun, and then parked itself right above the #mackinacbridge !! 😍 This was definitely one for the books!! 10/17/2021 ❤️☁️❤️☁️ puremichigan puremittigan sonyalpha #sonya7II sigmaphoto #sigma100400mm #fall #autumn #fallsunrise ...

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Grand Hotel – Wellness Weekend Retreat – September 8 -10, 2023

Wellness Weekend Retreat

Arrive Friday, September 8 • Depart Sunday, September 10, 20223

Description

Experience something new by slowing down. This Wellness Weekend Retreat at Grand Hotel will help you recharge, be present and learn how to experience a more meaningful life. There is no better place to disconnect to reconnect than Mackinac Island.

Friday

Opening Circle + Laughter Yoga

Gentle Yoga + Sound Bath

Saturday
Morning Yoga + Meditation

Koshas + The Higher Self

Art Therapy

Ayurvedic Massage + Restorative Yoga

Yoga Nidra + Sound Bath

Sunday
Morning Yoga

Closing Circle

Package Includes:

  • Grand Hotel Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Special welcome amenity
  • Wellness activities throughout the weekend including yoga sessions, art therapy and more
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry tickets

This Wellness Retreat Weekend can also be booked by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

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Ego Vs. Love (Higher Self) Lecture – includes self-affirmations to use for when the ego feels triggered. Handouts attached.

Self-Care with Ayurveda – Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. It is the oldest medical system on the planet. This lecture includes a quiz for students to understand their Ayurvedic dosha and information on keeping their dosic constitution balanced. I include the practice of Abhyanga, a self-massage technique using herbal oils that are specific to the participant’s dosha. This can be followed by restorative yoga, which is very slow, meditative, and nourishing.

Laughter Yoga – the practice of pure joy and playfulness. This is great for group bonding at an opening circle. It opens hearts, minds, and lifts spirits. Awesome ice breaker.

Koshas – the five layers of the human experience and how to practice self-care for every part of your being. I believe that this is information every person should have to understand themselves better. Ancient wisdom for our modern lives.

Yoga Nidra – Also known as yogic sleep this is a guided meditation designed specifically to calm the nervous system and create deep nourishing rest. Good for the last part of the day, can be combined with sound healing.

Sound Bath – Euphoric and transformational just begin to describe this opportunity to release that which no longer serves our highest and greatest good. Participants enjoy the sounds of antique Tibetan singing bowls, alchemy quartz crystal singing bowls, koshi chimes and symphonic gongs. These healing vibrations will touch every cell of the physical body while balancing our energetic, spiritual, and emotional selves.

Art Therapy – Using the right side of our brain is important. It’s the part of the brain that remembers we are connected to everyone and everything. It’s often a place where people feel challenged and have little breakthroughs. We tend to lose touch with our creative side as we age.

*Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and a $12.00 per person, per stay, baggage-handling charge. Regular children’s rates apply. Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy rates. Dates are subject to availability. A 30-day cancellation policy applies.

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Grand Hotel – Welcome Fall Package – September 15 -17, 2023

Grand Hotel - Welcome Fall Package

Arrive Friday, September 15 • Depart Sunday, September 17, 2023

Description

Kids, bring your parents to Grand Hotel this fall for a weekend full of activities for young-at-age and young-at-heart. Enjoy breakfast and dinner daily and a tour of the Grand Hotel Stables. Be sure to take advantage of our bike rental discounts to explore the beautiful fall foliage of Mackinac Island!

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Saturday Stable Tour
  • Discount on Bike Rentals (based on availability)
  • Saturday History Lecture with Bob Tagatz
  • Complimentary Lawn Games and Recreation Courts
  • Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry tickets

The Welcome Fall package can also be booked by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.

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*Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 3% Mackinac Island assessment, and a $12.00 per person, per stay, baggage-handling charge. Regular children’s rates apply. Extra charges apply for additional adults over double occupancy rates. Dates are subject to availability. A 30-day cancellation policy applies.

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