Six Reasons to Run the Mighty Mac in September

On September 26, runners, walkers and Michigan adventure seekers can literally run to St. Ignace to take part in an annual pilgrimage across the Mackinac Bridge – better known as the Mighty Mac Bridge Race. Today, guest blogger Mindy Rutgers shares six reasons why you should keep this race on your calendar and lace up on Sept. 26.

1. The Eye-Candy:

Aside from the bragging rights of crossing the infamous Michigan Bridge by foot, you’ll have 11 kilometers to enjoy the stunning picturesque scenes that the route encompasses.  From a view of the Straits of Mackinac at sunrise to the awe-inspiring bridge itself – there’s plenty of  scenic beauty to enjoy. After crossing the bridge, the course takes runners through Straits State Park for more beautiful Michigan landscape.

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2. The Bragging Rights

The Mackinac Bridge is one of Michigan’s most notable landmarks and the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. For runners, this is a unique spot to cross off a destination bucket list and remember for years to come.

3. The prize!

Awards will be given to the overall fastest male and female runners, in addition to the top three finishers in all age groups. Aside from the top awards given to 15 different age groupings for each gender, all finishers will receive a medal, T-shirt and post-race refreshments.

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze. Photo courtesy of David Kunze

4. The Perks from the Top

Besides the awesome race swag, each runner will receive a “time to the top” photo of themselves on the bridge, which is perhaps the coolest souvenir ever. Maybe you will frame it or use it formulate the perfect post for Facebook or Instagram, making your friends wish they were there with you! Don’t worry; they can join you in 2016!

5. The After Party

Afterward, it’s time to celebrate a great race and who better to party with than our sponsors - the Boston Beer Company/Sam Adams. Enjoy refreshments at the post-race gathering between 10am – 5pm. A free shuttle will be available to transport runners around St. Ignace after the race.

Photo Courtesy of David Kunze. Photo Courtesy of David Kunze

6. The Fall Colors in the Upper Peninsula

Make plans to enjoy the fall foliage in and around St. Ignace before and after the race. Consider staying an extra day and take a drive to the Tahquamenon Falls, which are absolutely stunning surrounded by autumn leaves.

Take your first steps toward the Mighty Mac Bridge Race by visiting for registration information and lodging options. Have more questions? Call our office at (800) 338-6660.

About the Author: Mindy Rutgers is an Upper Peninsula native and the Executive Director of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau. She has worked in Michigan's tourism & hospitality industry since 1996. Like so many U.P. residents, the Mackinac Bridge has served as a symbol of home for her for as long as she can remember.