Sunday, July 21, 2013

2013 Canal Run draws more than 800 participants

2013 Canal Run participants and fans gather on the Quincy Green in Hancock to hear announcements of winners in this year's races: half marathon, 10-mile run, 5-mile run, 10-mile walk and 5-mile walk. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK -- A record number of runners and walkers -- more than 800 -- participated in this year's Canal Run on Saturday, July 20. The weather cooperated with sunshine and somewhat cooler temperatures for the annual event, sponsored by Portage Health, Finlandia University and FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) -- with additional support from local businesses, law enforcement and many volunteers.

Marquette and Hancock can boast winners of this year's new race -- the half marathon. Keweenaw Now captured photos of the half-marathon winners near the finish line:

Tracey Lokken of Marquette heads for the finish line in front of the FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) in Hancock to win the men's half-marathon race in the 2013 Canal Run. Lokken, in the 45-49 age group, finished first overall in the longest race with a time of 1:11:44.5 (and a pace of 5:28 min./mile).

Half-marathon winner Tracey Lokken of Marquette is interviewed by a local radio station announcer. The race was broadcast on Mix 93 FM and online at TheMix93.com.

Amy Aldrich of Hancock heads for the finish line to take first overall in the women's half marathon. Aldrich, in the 30-34 age group, finished with a time of 1:32:20 (and a pace of 7:02 min./mile).

Before the races, participants line up for the shuttle bus that takes them to the starting point of each race. The Canal Run follows the Portage Lake Shipping Canal along Highway M-203 in Hancock.

Near the Hancock Tori farmers' market, runners and walkers gather after the race on the Quincy Green.

For more details about the race visit the Canal Run Web site news page.

Click here for links to the 2013 Canal Run Results.

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