Thousands join Labor Day Mackinac Bridge walk

Thousands of walkers cross the five-mile Mackinac Bridge, which connects St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Mich., on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, walking both North, left, and South. (AP Photo/John L. Russell)

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people participated in the traditional Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge.

Organizers made changes to the 61st annual event and allowed to begin from either end of the bridge connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Participants could turn around after 2 1/2 miles or make a full 10-mile lap between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder led walkers onto the bridge for his final time as governor. Snyder said he beat his previous best time by crossing the bridge in just over 54 minutes.

Organizers estimated at least 25,000 people took part Monday.