(09/02/13) - Thousands of people have taken part in an annual Labor Day tradition - the Mackinac Bridge Walk.
This year was the 56th year for the walk. It was led by Gov. Rick Snyder. Walkers make the 5 mile trek from St. Ignace south to Mackinaw City.
Dozens of people also walked the same distance, but much closer to home.
For the "Mighty Mac in Marathon Labor Day Walk", along the Southern Links Trailway, walkers start out in Columbiaville - surrounded by Marathon Township - and make their way to Otter Lake.
This route is about 5 miles, just like the bridge walk up north. But this trek is a little different.
"It's a lot closer to home, you know, so we can get out of bed in the morning, come over here in a half and hour, do this walk and then have the rest of our day," said Gary Haas, of Mayville.
"Maybe doesn't have the view that Mackinac [has], we always love it up there too, but this is neat, tranquil, backyard," said Jim Oliver, of Davison.
The walk was free, but organizers did sell T-shirts and pancakes to raise money for the upkeep of the trail.
Also, in Frankenmuth, people took the 5 minute stroll across the covered bridge. The bridge serves as the main entrance to the Bavarian Inn.
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