Police increase security for Mackinac Bridge Walk
housands of people crossed the
Mackinac Bridge this morning for one of Michigan's most popular Labor Day events.
he 56th annual
bridge walk drew nearly 40,000 participants from around the country.
nd with so many people in attend
Bridge Authority took extra security measures this year to keep the public safe.
This year we inspected every backpack
every large bag that people were carrying across
," Bob Sweeney, Bridge Authority Executive Secretary said.
e also set up additional security checkpoint as they were approaching the bridge
n extra precaution that is new this year
in response to the
Boston marathon bombings that rattled the nation in April.
Bridge Authority felt like this was a simple step that would ensure the safety of the tens of thousands that cross the bridge for this event.
You know it's too bad the world has to come to this
ut I'm glad they're taking measures to protect us
," Mark Stuber, bridge walk participant said.
s soon as you made it through the quick security check
you could start the five mile trip from
St. Ignace to Mackinaw City.
eading the walk was
Governor Rick Snyder, who clocked a personal best 57 minutes. Six minutes faster than last year.
It's one of those things that when you look around the country whe
will you find tens of thousands of people coming together to do something fun
and exciting," Governor Snyder said.
any michigan families have made the
Mackinac Bridge walk an annual tradition.
hether it be your first or your 56th
the experience is one you'll be sure to remember.
It's great to be out early in the morning and stand in line
and be upfront and it's just a great time," AnneMarie Meisner, bridge walk participant said.