30,000 walkers cross Mackinac Bridge for annual Labor Day Walk

SAINT IGNACE, Michigan (WXYZ) - 30,000 walkers laced up their sneakers to head across the Mighty Mac this Labor Day.

The five-mile trek was all part of the 57th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk.

About 30,000 walkers crossed the Mackinac Bridge on this year for the 57th installment of the Labor Day tradition.

Prior to the walk, 350 runners celebrated the Pure Michigan FIT campaign and hit the bridge deck to promote and encourage healthy physical activity in communities throughout Michigan.

“The Annual Bridge Walk is the one time of year that we allow walkers on the bridge to enjoy our historic civil engineering landmark and the incredible views of the Straits of Mackinac,” said Mackinac Bridge Authority Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney.

Gov. Rick Snyder lead the annual trek. He walked with a robot constructed for the occasion by the FIRST robotics team from Macomb International Academy in Armada.

Several of the program's students, teachers and mentors joined Snyder and the robot, which can travel up to 10 mph and is known as "The Pi Guy."

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