Bridgefest News 
April 27, 2019
Thatcher Markham Memorial Run Registration is Open


Friday June 14, 2019 7:00pm Race Start at Quincy St and
Scott St, Hancock, MI Race Finish at Bridgeview Park,
Houghton, MI

5K Run/Walk
$20 per person or $50 family rate (2 adults and up to 4 kids)
Price increases to $25 and family rate ends after June 3, 2019
at 11:59pm EDT.

CLICK HERE to register online and for more information.
Online registration only until race day. Race day registration is at
the start from 4:30 6:30pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the race director

Come and run or walk with or in front of your family, friends, and
neighbors. We are proud to honor the memory of Thatcher
Markham with this 5K run/walk event that supports 31 Backpacks
in their mission to combat childhood hunger in Houghton and
Keweenaw counties. Thatcher's family and our community
tragically lost Thatcher at 12 years old as a victim of the 2018
Father's Day flood in northern Houghton County. His memory has
lived on through many local events and remembrances and this
race is another way to make sure he is never forgotten by
everyone in the Copper Country. It is also fitting that remembering
Thatcher will help us with assisting children in our area that need
help. 31 Backpacks helps less-fortunate schoolchildren in the
local area by anonymously providing food and essential items
to get them through the weekends and breaks when they are not
in school.

This race is your only opportunity to run/walk through downtown
Hancock and Houghton and over the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on
closed streets. The running race and non-competitive walk
(5K, 3.1 miles) precedes the 2019 Bridgefest parade starting at
the west end of downtown Hancock and finishing in downtown
Houghton. You can participate in this event and not miss the
parade too! The finish will be in Bridgeview Park, just a block off the parade route.

This will be a first-class event with T-Shirts for all participants, professional chip timing and results, an accurate distance with mile splits, overall and age group awards, and safe race conditions. Not to mention probable great weather and an awesome time racing in front of a huge crowd!

Add to your Bridgefest experience with a fun, fitness-oriented event. Support a great cause and remember a fine young man. Set a goal, challenge yourself, and enjoy the comradery of your community both on the course and lining both sides of the street as you go by. This is a great warm-up event to prep for the Canal Run in Hancock (July 20, 2019). You can also pair this Friday evening event with mountain bike racing on Saturday and/or Sunday by riding in the Keweenaw Chain Drive (

Click Here for more information in PDF Format

June 20, 2018
2018 Bridgefest 5000 - 5K Run/Walk Full Results

Please CLICK HERE for full results for the 2018 race. Or click
on the PDF link below.

Click Here for more information in PDF Format

June 27, 2016
Making of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge

A digitized film they made on the construction of the Portage Lift Bridge-and it's amazing to see how it was built. Link provided by MDOT.



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