(09/02/13) - To mark the unofficial end of the season, dozens laced up to take part in an annual Labor Day tradition.
Known as the "Mighty Mac in Marathon Labor Day Walk", this five-mile trek starts in Columbiaville, winds through Marathon Township, and ends in Otter Lake. Southern Links Trailway Council president David Dorr says the walk, modeled after the one on the Mackinac Bridge, started a few years ago.
"It has probably quadrupled since the beginning," he said.
Some run, most walk, and many bring friends.
"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.
Gary and Barb Haas have done both walks, and say each has charm.
"This is our trail, we ride our bikes here all the time," Barb said. "The view is not as panoramic here, but it's very beautiful."
While the walk is free, keeping up the trail is not.
"The biggest challenge probably, as far as maintenance of the trail is, keep the shoulder mowed back so it looks neat," Dorr said.
Donations can be left here any day, but on this day, a special chance to give.
A pancake breakfast is just one way they're raising money to keep this trail groomed, and even add on in the future.
Dorr thinks anyone who gets a taste of what they have to offer will come back for seconds.
("The whole thing is just getting people out, and exercise and use the trail, see what we have here. This is a huge asset for our area," he said.
For more information about the Southern Links Trailway, click HERE.
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