September 6 – Paint Creek Trail Bridge Walk and Run • Oakland County Times

September 6 – Walk and Run on Paint Creek Trail Bridge

September 6 – Walk and Run on Paint Creek Trail Bridge

Rochester, MI – Looking for a fun local event on Labor Day this year? The Paint Creek Trailways Commission is offering everyone in the community a chance to participate in a Labor Day walk and run in their own backyard.

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission is organizing the 14e Annual Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk and Run on Monday, September 6e, 2021, at the Kiwanis Pavilion in Rochester Municipal Park. This event is part of the Labor Day Community Walks that take place statewide in conjunction with the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day March.

There are two options available to participants: a 1-mile family walk or a 5-km round-trip walk or a run on the Paint Creek Trail. On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event begins at 9:00 a.m. This is a free community event, with a suggested donation of $ 5.00 to support the maintenance of the Moutrie Pollinator Garden on the trail. For more information, including online registration, visit

“Each year, the Trails Commission holds this annual event to encourage the community to be physically active on the trail over the Labor Day weekend. If you can’t travel north to take part in the annual Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk, this is a great way to participate in our state’s Labor Day walking tradition much closer to home. you, ”said Melissa Ford, trail director. “We are especially excited to host this year’s event after hosting a virtual event last year due to COVID and canceling the 2019 walk and run due to construction projects on the trail,” continued Ford. “We look forward to seeing again the many community members who have made this event an annual tradition for their families. “

The event is free and open to all ages and abilities. This year’s walk and run will focus on pollinators in honor of the new pollinator garden on the trail. Rochester Pollinators will be on hand to share information about the important role pollinators play in our ecosystem and the Trails Commission will be donating packets of native seeds so participants can plant their own pollinator garden in their homes. Butterfly crafts will also be available for kids to make and take home. Donuts, coffee, water and other snacks will be provided and the Friends of Paint Creek Trail will have merchandise for sale. There is also a raffle for the chance to win several different gift cards.

“We found that our trail users were happy and grateful to participate and get together with friends and the community this summer, especially when the activity is outdoors,” said Donni Steele, president of Paint Creek Trailways Commission. “We are grateful to be able to offer this event again this year – we hope you can join us! “

Around 350 participants are expected at this year’s event. Supporting sponsors include Back to the Beach Runners, Friends of the Paint Creek Trail, Spalding DeDecker, and Trent Creative. Contributing sponsors for the event include Emily and Sarah Blust, Eva and Louis Carrio, Cookies & Cream (Sprout Bake), David Walker for City Council, Friends of Donni Steele, KLM Bikes, Theresa Mungioli, Oat Soda, Premier Pet Supply at Rochester Hills, Tim Horton’s on Rochester Road, and Trader Joe’s. Many thanks to our sponsors whose generous support allows the Trails Commission to host the Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run as a free community event!

About the Paint Creek Trail: The Paint Creek Trail was the first non-motorized trail rail in the state of Michigan and passes through the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and the village of Lake Orion. Each year, the Sentier serves approximately 100,000 pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, anglers, nature enthusiasts and users of all ages and abilities. For more information on the Paint Creek Trail, visit, or call (248) 651-9260.

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