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Bridgewalk scheduled for Labor Day Monday

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Portage Health Labor Day Bridge WalkIt's free, fun and a great way to get your body moving.

That’s right the annual Portage Health Labor Day Bridge Walk is right around the corner, scheduled for –when else– Labor Day, Monday Sept. 5. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 9.

“This walk is a lot of fun for the couple hundred participants who come out every year,” said Angela Luskin, the event organizer. “It’s just a great social event, grab all your friends and come out to the walk.”

The walk is free, and put on by the city of Hancock, city of Houghton, Portage Health, Michigan’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Farm Bureau Insurance.

“We started this back in 2005 as a way for people that can’t make it to St. Ignace to still get out and experience a bridge walk,” said Luskin. “Even though we’re not at the Mighty Mac (Mackinaw Bridge), we still have our own bridge to walk over.”

The event starts at the Kestner Waterfront Park in west Houghton, participants will then cross the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, walk up Hancock Avenue, turn down to Porvoo Park, then walk on the waterfront to the Marina before heading back to the bridge. After crossing the bridge again, walkers will follow the waterfront path past the Super 8, then turn around and head back to Kestner Waterfront Park.

“It’s a non-competitive, fun event,” said Luskin. “There’s no timing, we just do it to get out and get some exercise.”

Preregistration is not required, for more information visit

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