Thousands join in annual walk across Mackinac Bridge

Michigan
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Pedestrians walk the Mackinac Bridge on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, during the 62nd annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. For the second year, the bridge was shut down from 6:30 am until noon for security purposes, allowing walkers to turn around at the center span or walk the entire bridge both ways. (AP Photo/John L. Russell)

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Light rain let up as thousands of people started the 62nd Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined those walkers crossing the nearly 5-mile long bridge that links Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and crosses the Straits of Mackinac, which connects lakes Huron and Michigan.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, left photo center, walks on the Mackinac Bridge on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, during the 62nd annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, right. (AP Photo/John L. Russell)

Many people waiting in the pre-dawn darkness wore ponchos in rainfall that gave way to some sunshine as the walk started at 7 a.m. Monday.

Local organizers expected 20,000 to 30,000 people to make the trek between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

Cindi Feldwisch of New Mexico tells WWTV/WWUP-TV that traveling to Michigan for the bridge walk was a “bucket list” journey.

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