HOUGHTON - Despite ominous weather earlier in the day, around 100 people took part in Portage Health's ninth annual Labor Day Bridge Walk in Houghton and Hancock Monday.
"The goal is to get the community out and active to kick off Labor Day," said coordinator Emily Kunnen, a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Portage Health.
Walkers set off from the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park about 9 a.m. They walked across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Hancock. Then, they walked west to M-26 and continued on the underpass before heading west back to Houghton. Finally, they headed along the Waterfront Trail to Super 8 motel before returning to the park.
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Walkers are seen in Houghton during Portage Health’s ninth annual Labor Day Bridge Walk Monday. About 100 people participated in the annual walk.
Ray Darby and Laura Krehn were participating in their first Bridge Walk. The 1984 Michigan Technological University graduates are visiting from their home in Russell, a town in the Bay Islands area of New Zealand.
"We like to walk," Krehn said.
"It's part of the healthy lifestyle," she said.
About 10:15 a.m., walkers began trickling back into the park, grabbing water, granola bars or apples.
Mary Geborkoff of Hancock has been doing the walk since it started; this year, she was joined by her friend Bobbie Fredianelli.
"It's an easy exercise," Fredianelli said. "It's not as hard on the knees as running. And you can do it any time of the day or evening."