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Community Walk scheduled for Sept. 5

Krystle Wagner • Sep 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Residents and visitors have the chance to gather together and participate in the annual Labor Day Community Walk on Monday.

The event begins 9 a.m. on the north side of the Third Street bridge in Grand Haven, and there’s no charge to participate. Following the walk’s conclusion, there will be a chance for people to win prizes from local businesses at Chinook Pier.

Since at least 2009, the city has organized a Labor Day walk, Grand Haven Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said.

Rain or shine, the walk will take place. In the event of thunder and lightning, Howland said the event would be canceled.

In previous years, participants would walk from the Third Street Bridge to the end of the pier and back to Chinook Pier.

Since the catwalk is being removed and construction will begin soon on the pier, Howland said it’s unknown how far onto the pier walkers can go. All walkers are advised to follow the posted signage.

When the walk is able to go to the end of the pier, the entire walk is about 3.5 miles.

Each year, organizers plan on about 125 walkers.

Jordan Meagher, a city intern, said they’re planning on 150-200 walkers in anticipation of people turning out for the Save the Catwalk efforts.

Meagher, a North Muskegon resident, said this is the first year he will participate in Grand Haven’s walk, and noted that he’s looking forward to seeing the community’s support and being part of the annual event.

The annual walk is an opportunity that brings people of all ages together and gets them active and outdoors.

“It’s so nice to see families exercising together,” Howland said.

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