Planning on sleeping in on Labor Day? Consider heading to the Mackinac Bridge over the weekend and waking up early to participate in the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk.

Governor Rick Snyder will lead the expected 40,000 walkers across the five-mile bridge at 7 a.m. Walkers will be allowed to start across the bridge up until 11 a.m., so if you want to participate in the walk, plan to be at the bridge in the morning.

Worried about the return trip to St. Ignace? Don’t be. Buses will be available to bring walkers back from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace for $5.

To ensure that the Mackinac Bridge Walk remains a safe, fun event, the Michigan State Police will search all purses, bags, and backpacks. They’re asking walkers to any non-essential bags in vehicles to avoid delays.

“This process has been quick and easy, and submitting your bag for a quick search or leaving it in your vehicle will help ensure the walk is safe and enjoyable for all participants,” said Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney.

Walkers are encouraged to share their bridge walk experiences on social media with photos and videos. One lucky walker who shares memories will be chosen at random to receive a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Walkers can post memories on MDOT’s Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk15.

More information about the Mackinac Bridge Walk is available on the MBA website. For contest details, visit the MDOT website.

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