Governor’s Fitness Awards

Presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Governor’s Fitness Awards recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who inspire healthy choices.


The first Wednesday of every May, more than 300,000 children statewide exercise all at the same time. In collaboration with Farm Bureau Insurance, we are proud to host Project ACES — All Children Exercise Simultaneously. For one hour on ACES day, children from more than 1,000 schools across the state perform a variety of exercises, learning about the importance of physical activity and that moving can be fun!

When: May

Where: Statewide

Bike to School Day

Bike to School Day is an annual celebration that builds from the success of Walk to School Day. Bike to School Day encourages students to get out and get active on their way to school. Schools can participate by registering with the Safe Routes to School program and by promoting the event to students, parents, and community members.

When: May

Where: Statewide

Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Run

Running the 4.3 miles across the majestic Mackinac Bridge at dawn on Labor Day makes for a bucket list experience any runner should covet. The run was created in 2004 as a unique way to kick off the Labor Day Bridge Walk and is now the only opportunity to run across the Mighty Mac. Participants will revel in magnificent sunrise views as they run across one of Michigan’s most recognized landmarks.

When: September

Where: The Mackinac Bridge

Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day is an international event celebrated each October to encourage walkable communities. Created in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America, it has grown to become an international event that takes place in more than 40 countries worldwide. In Michigan, thousands of students from more than 300 schools participate in Walk to School Day events annually.

When: October

Where: Statewide

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