The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk takes place every year on Labor Day.
This year’s walk is the 50th. The Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk on Michigan in Pictures notes that the first walk on Labor Day, 1958 drew just 68 walkers – we’re guessing there’s a few more in the picture to the right from MDOT’s Mackinac Bridge Walk gallery.
Can’t make the walk? How about the Virtual Mackinac Bridge Walk in South Lyon? It’s a 5 mile walk in support of the “Getting Michigan Moving” campaign from MichiganFitness.org. As you may or may not know, Michigan is one of the most inactive (and plumpest) states.
One man who’s bucking that trend of inactivity is 88 year-old Clayton Klein , who will walk from Paradise to Hell. According to the Freep, he plans to cross the bridge with the walkers and:
He averages 20 miles a day on his 400-mile trip, taking to the road from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“I walk 5 or 6 miles, find a place to sit down for four or five minutes and go another 5 or 6 miles,” he said. “I find a place to get ice cream, and I just keep going.”
He hopes that folks will join him on his walk (if you arrive in Hell in his company you get a free ice cream cone!) and says that “If I were younger, I probably would have a goal. My goal now is to stay healthy and keep walking.”
Clayton Klein, you are officially my new hero.
Photo courtesy Michigan DOT.