You can turn your Labor Day bridge walk into a one of a kind experience with a trip to the top of the Mighty Mac.
More than 40,000 people are expected to participate in the 56th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk which will take on Monday, Sept. 2.
For the second year in a row, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Mackinac Bridge Authority are asking the public to share their Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk experiences on social media with photos and videos. One person sharing their memories will be chosen at random to receive a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.
Through Monday, Sept. 9, you can post your memories of walking the bridge, either this year or in a previous year, on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk13. Memories can include photos or videos.
A lucky person whose entry is chosen at random by computer will receive a tour for two to the top of the bridge, courtesy of the MBA. The person who travels the furthest to walk the bridge this year and post a memory will win a Pure Michigan gift pack, courtesy of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Governor Snyder will lead the walk starting at 7 a.m. on Labor Day. Walkers can start across the 5-mile span until 11 a.m..
New this year, all bags, purses and backpacks will be checked by the Michigan State Police before walkers are allowed to proceed. Walkers are asked to leave their purses, bags and backpacks in their vehicles, if the contents aren't essential, to avoid delays.
"We appreciate all participants' willingness to submit to a search, or to leave their bags in their vehicles," said Bob Sweeney, MBA executive secretary. "That will help make the walk safe and enjoyable for everyone."
There is no fee or registration to participate in the walk. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5 per person.