THE LABOR DAY BRIDGE WALK was again a huge success, with more than 300 area residents turning out Monday, Sept. 5 for the 13th annual event. Temperatures reached into the mid-80s by Monday afternoon, but with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees with clear skies and sunshine at 8 a.m., walkers could not have asked for better weather for their three-plus mile stroll. The event kicked off next to the Shiawassee Arts Center building near Curwood Castle, with Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick counting down the start of the race in lieu of the traditional cannon blast. Participants began by crossing the mighty Shiawassee River via the Heritage Footbridge, before traversing the James S. Miner Riverwalk nature trail on the way to McCurdy Park, where many of the walkers concluded the morning’s festivities with a pancake breakfast at the McCurdy Park Community Center.
While the three mile hike was enough for many participants, bridge walk organizers partnered with the Friends of the Shiawassee River to host the group’s annual summer river clean-up, which was somehow rained out twice earlier this summer. The FOSR representatives and more than 50 volunteers enjoyed their hike down the trail, while at the same time ensuring that our prized river came out of the event cleaner than it started in the morning.
The event kicked off almost exactly at 8 a.m., and the cross-community celebration provided participants with a unique view of some of the most beautiful portions of both Owosso and Corunna. Walkers enjoyed a view often missed by most of us, as we speed over the river on our daily commutes. The nature trail provided walkers with unique views of the Steam Railroading Institute, Great Lakes Central, and the Owosso Community Airport, among many other area landmarks. (Independent Photos/Graham Sturgeon)

Labor Day Bridge Walk was last modified: September 7th, 2016 by Karen Elford