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Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk This Monday


You do not have to travel all the way to Mackinac this year to join the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk because the Blue Star Bridge Walk will be held in Saugatuck/Douglas to help support Community Recreation.

Saugatuck Public Schools Community Recreation is organizing the 19th Annual Blue Star Bridge Walk on Labor Day, September 4, at 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. start) as part of the Labor Day Community walks that are held throughout the State of Michigan in conjunction with the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. Similar to the way the Mighty Mac links Michigan’s two peninsulas, the Blue Star Bridge Walk links the communities of Saugatuck and Douglas.

The first Blue Star Bridge Walk started back in 1999 when Judy Anthrop and Bud Baty decided to do their own version of the Mackinaw Bridge Walk right here in Saugatuck/Douglas. Although on a smaller scale the walk has grown over the years to include thousands of walkers, local celebrities, politicians, musicians, town crier, women in funny hats, costumes, lots of dogs, local athletic teams, etc.

Local Humanitarians have kindly staffed a refreshment stand on the middle of the bridge to rejuvenate the walkers on their “grueling” .19k trek. Rain or shine, the Blue Star Bridge Walk has been a great way to celebrate the holiday, come together as a community, and a great way to promote walking for fitness.

This year we are encouraging walkers to “Fly Your Flag” we want to see American flags, military flags, school flags, sports flags, flags showing your heritage, etc.
Bring a flag and show the world what makes you proud and/or who you represent!

The walkers will gather on the south side (Douglas) of Blue Star Bridge and at 9:30am the Town Crier
will announce the start of the 19th Annual Walk.

Participants will walk over the bridge to the north side (about 623 feet) and receive their “Certificate of Accomplishment”.

Before and after the walk, Saugatuck Public Schools Community Recreation will be selling limited edition t-shirts ($12) and stickers ($2) to help fund our scholarship program for children to participate in community recreation programs.

For more information please call Saugatuck Public Schools Community Recreation (269) 857-1444.

Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk This Monday

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