Five Reasons to Race Across the Mighty Mackinac Bridge

Stretch those hammies and get ready for the Mighty Mac Bridge Race – a certified, 11k run like no other in Michigan or beyond. Today, Mindy Rutgers from St. Ignace Visitors Bureau tells us why this race is a can’t-miss.

Mackinac BridgeThe Mighty Mac Bridge Race will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 with the starting line in Mackinaw City and the finish line and after party in St. Ignace. What makes this race special? Here are five reasons you’ll want to race across the Mighty Mac.

Twice as Nice

Why run a course on one peninsula when you can cover two? This span connects Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the Lower Peninsula. Why run on a bridge that crosses one body of water when you can race across the nexus of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan? One is fine but twice is nice and that’s never truer than when your own two feet are taking you to new heights.

Bucket-List Worthy

Photo courtesy of St. Ignace Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of St. Ignace Visitors Bureau

If you’re a runner with a bucket list of interesting locales, what could be better than the 5th longest suspension bridge in the world? Maybe the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere? Check! The Mackinac Bridge is the fifth longest in the world and the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere with a total length of 26,372 feet. For those keeping track, the length of the suspension portion is 8,614 feet.

Enjoy the Journey AND the Destination

For those who say the journey is more important than the destination, we say you can have your fudge and eat it, too. Enjoy a truly awe-inspiring view across the five-mile bridge and then land in picturesque St. Ignace, where a Samuel Adams party, complete with participant medals and division trophies, awaits. From Noon to 6pm, snag some swag while mingling with runners, visitors, and people who only wish they had your endurance and commitment.

Carb Loading Yooper Style

Photo courtesy of St. Ignace Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of St. Ignace Visitors Bureau

There’s never been a better excuse to have a baked potato with your fresh-caught whitefish dinner or a traditional U.P. pasty, with its starchy potato and ground beef filling, than fueling up for a race. Foods of all types are found in St. Ignace restaurants and, of course, the car trip home might require a slab of fudge or two. Go ahead. You earned it.

This isn’t just any selfie

Race participants will each receive a “Time to the Top” photo on the Mackinac Bridge – a truly special memento from race day. Forget the selfie. Watch the comments roll in when you share this picture on social media. Runners will also receive a long-sleeve t-shirt and a Kewadin Casino package, which means the Mighty Mac Bridge Race could make you both rich and famous.

Learn more and register for the Mighty Mac Bridge Race at www.stignace.com or call (800)338-6660.

Mindy Rutgers is the Executive Director of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau. She has worked in Michigan’s tourism & hospitality industry since 1996, holding posts in the Detroit metro area, as well as in the Upper Peninsula.  

Five Spectacular Pure Michigan Fan Photos from August

This month, our Pure Michigan fans have been busy enjoying some summer fun. They’ve let us in on the action by sharing their simply amazing photos from around the state! Here are just a few of our favorite summertime photos from the Pure Michigan Instagram community. For more, see our MayJune and July roundups and be sure to follow Pure Michigan on Instagram.

A breathtaking view towards Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by @rickallen13:

Sleeping Bear Dunes | Pure Michigan

A cool snapshot of colorful clouds in Glen Haven. Photo by @freddiebennett:

Glen Haven Clouds | Pure Michigan

A beautiful shot of the Mackinac Bridge on a cloudy day. Photo by @katiebalbierz:

Mackinac Bridge | Pure Michigan

A stunning photo captured in South Haven after a storm. Photo by @suebee17:

South Haven Storm Clouds | Pure Michigan

A view of the crystal clear water from Pyramid Point. Photo by @caseylm89:

Pyramid Point | Pure Michigan

If you’re on Instagram, follow us @puremichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, please tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to repost.

Get Pure Michigan FIT this Summer

If your Labor Day or summer travels land you in Michigan, the Michigan Fitness Foundation has plenty for you to do and many chances for you to be “Pure Michigan Fit.” From their annual Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run to other intiatives, there are a number of ways to get moving this summer. Read from their team below and visit michigan.org to see more ideas on staying active around Pure Michigan.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation and Pure Michigan FIT envision a healthier Michigan and provide tools and resources that promote physical fitness and health in Michigan while hosting and promoting events geared toward fostering healthy lifestyles. If you’re visiting the Great Lakes State and looking for a fun activity that promotes health, there are a many fitness and wellness events to participate in and you can help Get Michigan Moving!

The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run is one of many fitness events hosted by the Michigan Fitness Foundation that aims to Get Michigan Moving. The Mackinac Bridge Run is a non-competitive five mile run that brings friends, families, and runners all across Michigan together and moving on Labor Day! The run is in its 10th year and it takes place on the beautiful Mackinac Bridge at sunrise on Labor Day. Hundreds of runners line the bridge and take part in the Michigan tradition of staying active on Labor Day.

We don’t just want to Get Michigan Moving, but keep Michigan moving and the Mackinac Labor Day Bridge Walk has kept Michiganders walking for the past 56 years. The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk brings thousands of people, together on Labor Day to get active and celebrate the end of summer while promoting and encouraging physical activity. While many see Labor Day as a day of rest and a celebration of the end of summer, we see it as a day to come together and promote physical activity and fitness around the state.

The push to Get Michigan Moving is always in effect. There are many events around the state of Michigan that promote physical activity and fitness on Labor Day. If you’re visiting, check your nearby community to see if they’re hosting a Labor Day Community Walk event. Community Walk events are organized communities walks that bring people together and moving on Labor Day. This event allows you to take part in the Michigan tradition by being active while having fun and exploring the communities around you.

If you already have plans for Labor Day, don’t worry, there are many fitness and health events happening all summer long in Michigan! The Michigan Fitness Foundation has partnered with Pure Michigan FIT to endorse fitness events that are a part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series. This series highlights programs that promote physical fitness, wellness and healthy living. No matter where you land in Michigan or what you like, there is something for everyone to do. From 5k races to relay teams, there is a variety of fitness events to keep you moving all summer long.  A list of events can be found through the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s event finder tool.

If you want to spend your Labor Day being active and promoting physical activity and being Pure Michigan Fit, then visit the Mighty Mac and take part in Michigan’s tradition. Take part in Getting Michigan Moving, you’ll be glad you did.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by helping people eat healthy and be physically active. The Governor’s Council and Michigan Fitness Foundation works to bring about behavior change through programming, special projects and events that encourage citizens to build physical activity and sound nutrition into their daily routine.  By empowering, facilitating and celebrating healthy choices, we will foster prosperity for all.