Did you walk the Mackinac Bridge today or in years past? The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is collecting participants' photos, videos and stories about the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. And one person sharing their memories on MDOT's Facebook page will be chosen at random to receive a special tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.
Through next Monday, Sept. 10, entrants can post their memories of walking the bridge in years past, including photos and videos, on the MDOT Facebook page. MDOT also encouraged anyone walking the bridge this year to share their experience and make this year's walk a unique live social media event.
"The Mackinac Bridge Walk is a Pure Michigan tradition unlike any other," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle, in an Aug. 27 press release. "It's the one time of year that pedestrians are allowed on the iconic bridge that links our two great peninsulas. We encourage anyone who's never walked the bridge to make the trip this year."
A free gift pack of Pure Michigan merchandise donated by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., including hats and t-shirts, will be awarded to the person who travels the farthest to walk the bridge and posts their memory to the MDOT Facebook page. A person whose entry is chosen at random by computer will receive a tour for two to the top of the bridge, courtesy of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, an MDOT spokesperson said. MDOT employees and their families are not eligible for either prize but are encouraged to share their photos, memories and videos on Facebook.
For more details on the Mackinac Bridge Walk social media promotion, go to the MDOT Facebook page.