HANCOCK -- It's just about one month until the 37th Annual Canal Run! The event is set for Saturday, July 21. The long-standing tradition is held along the Portage Waterway on Highway M-203.
Both the 10-mile run and 10-mile walk start at McLain State Park and finish in downtown Hancock. The 5-mile run and 5-mile walk start on High Point Road, also finishing in downtown Hancock.
2011 Canal Run participants arrive at the Finish in Hancock. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)
There are great ways to be involved.
First, you can participate in one of the four events:
10-mile run, 10-mile walk, 5-mile run, 5-mile walk. Registration is only $25 if completed by July 14. All participants will receive a bamboo t-shirt.
Local, hand-crafted awards are given out for many age groups. Visit http://www.hancockcanalrun.com/ to register or to obtain more information.
After the 2011 Canal Run, participants gather at the Hancock Tori market tent for refreshments.
Second, you can volunteer. On Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, volunteers are needed at varying times.
Positions include Registration, Water Stops, Traffic Control, De-chippers, Back-up Timing and many more.
Visit http://www.hancockcanalrun.com/volunteer.php to fill out the form and the volunteer coordinator will respond to you with details.
This year, the Canal Run can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare social media.