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It has been a tradition in September in Michigan, walking across the Mackinac Bridge.  This event has taken place since 1958, but due to the coronavirus , organizers feel its in the best interest of the public to cancel the event.  That decision  to cancel the 63rd annual bridge walk was not one the board made lightly.   Since the event draws people not only from Michigan but all over the world the decision to cancel was based on science and the forecasts from top medical officials.

The board said "we recognize the event is months away but it requires months of planning and in good conscience, not knowing how the Covid19 pandemic will be" they decided to go with medical advice, those who felt  very strongly against putting that many people shoulder to shoulder on the bridge walk.

Each year between 25 to 57 thousand people gather to walk or run across the 5 mile suspension bridge that links the upper and lower peninsula over the Straits of Mackinac which is where lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet.

Fun fact, the Mackinac Bridge which was constructed in 1957, the suspension bridge is over 26 thousand feet long, making it the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

I have never made the walk but my parents and sister did and all of them said it is something everyone should do at least once.   Just not this year.

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