Paint Creek Trail hosts 13th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk & Run

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission is organizing the 13th Annual Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk and Run on Monday, September 3, at the Rochester Municipal Park Kiwanis Pavilion. This event is part of the Labor Day Community Walks that are held throughout the state in conjunction with the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk.

A large group of people pose for a photo by the Rochester Municipal Park Kiwanis Pavilion

Labor Day Bridge Walk & Run

Two options are being offered to participants – a 2-mile roundtrip walk to Tienken road, or a 10-K roundtrip walk or run to Silver Bell road on the Paint Creek Trail. Onsite registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the event starts at 9:00 a.m. It is a free community event, with a suggested donation of $5.00 per family for Paint Creek Trail improvements. Last year, over $1,400 was raised for the Bike Lids for Kids program. For more information, including online registration, visit the Event Page at

“This is our favorite community event. It’s a chance for everyone to enjoy the Paint Creek Trail – a free, accessible natural resource in our communities that is now part of the State of Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail Network. We love to encourage people to use the trail to incorporate physical activity in their daily routines. Open to all ages and abilities, we will have a free face painting artist, donuts and giveaways. In addition, everyone will be entered into a free drawing for the chance to win a $500 Gift Card from Rochester Bike Shop. We are expecting up to 400 participants, and are fortunate to have presenting sponsors Back to the Beach Runners, Friends of the Paint Creek Trail, and Trader Joe’s; as well as contributing sponsors Retro Fitness, Lucido Fine Jewelry, Starbucks Store #09400, Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar, Great Clips on Walton, Grand Traverse Pie Company, and Dillman & Upton,” said Myers.

David Becker, Chairman of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, feels this event is a way for the Trailways Commission to show appreciation to the residents and trail visitors. “The Paint Creek Trail is often at the top of local surveys in terms of park usage, and we enjoy all of the local and regional support we receive. We are proud to provide a great trail experience, and strive to keep the trail as natural as possible, while providing an excellent resource to exercise, or enjoy the outdoors. This event is a great way to show our gratitude for our communities and users,” said Becker. The Paint Creek Trail is 8.9 miles long and was the first non-motorized Rail-to-Trail in the State of Michigan.

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