MACKINAC CITY (WWJ) – More than 40,000 walkers are expected to participate in this year’s Labor Day bridge walk.

Gov. Rick Snyder will lead the walkers across the 5-mile span beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2.

Walkers will be allowed to start crossing the bridge up to 11 a.m. The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the Lower Peninsula.

Once the walkers have crossed the bridge, they can hop on a bus for $5 that will bring them back from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace.

To help ensure the safety of all participants, the Michigan State Police will be conducting searches of purses, bags and backpacks for all walkers. Walkers are asked to leave their purses, bags and backpacks in their vehicles, if the contents aren’t essential, to avoid delays.

The state is asking people who take part in Monday’s bridge walk to share their experiences on social media with photos and videos. You can post bridge walk memories from this year or past years on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk13. One person will be chosen at random to receive a tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

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