CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Every month, residents and visitors to the city take part in the Harbor Bridge BridgeWalk.
This Sunday will be the Marina Art District’s 100th BridgeWalk, and since starting the tradition in July of 2011, more than 28,000 people have taken part in this event.
There’s no better feeling than starting your day with some morning exercise, and why not start with a brisk walk with a breathtaking view from atop the Harbor Bridge?
The bridge first opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1959. The road deck is 138 feet over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.
The walk across the bridge should take from 15-30 minutes, depending on how many times you stop to admire the view.
Every month, on the Sunday following the First Friday ArtWalk, the public is invited to meet at Heritage Park at 8:30 a.m.
"It’s a great opportunity to be able to see downtown, and the marina, and the harbor, just early in the morning when everything is still kinda calm," said Downtown Management District communications manager Jordan Michael. "And, if you’re lucky, you actually get to see a ship come in. So it’s pretty neat."
BridgeWalkers should arrive at Heritage Park by 8 am to allow time to read and sign the waiver.
The park is filled with fitness partners before and after the walk for added opportunities to learn about staying healthy. Please remember to sign your participant waiver in Heritage Park prior to the event start.
According to the Marina Arts District's web site, if you would rather not walk over the Harbor Bridge, the monthly BridgeWalk also offers an alternate “Bay Route.”
It is approximately the same distance, and takes about the same time. The route is along Shoreline Boulevard by the Corpus Christi Bay.
The Marina Arts District said The Bay Route is popular with people who walk dogs, push baby strollers, or have kids participating with them on the walk. It leaves Heritage Park and heads towards the Water Garden, then up to the Bayfront along Shoreline Blvd to the People’s Street T-Head and back.
The route is signposted, and if you follow all the signs, the distance is 3.4 miles.
Afterwards, join them back at Heritage Park to participate in one of their free sessions.
If you follow all the BridgeWalk signs from the Galvan House and back the total distance covered, including 2 miles on the bridge, is 3.42 miles (6020 yards or 5.5Km).
BRIDGEWALK DATES FOR the rest of 2019:
• Sept. 8
• Oct. 6
• Nov. 3
• Dec. 8