Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hancock's 38th annual Canal Run to be July 20

Jonathan Kilpela of Atlantic Mine crosses the finish line in Hancock to win the 2012 men's 10-mile run in less than an hour. (Keweenaw Now file photo)

HANCOCK -- The 38th annual Canal Run is July 20, 2013, and features a half marathon, five-mile run, 10-mile run, five-mile walk and 10-mile walk. The 10-mile walk will start at 7:15 a.m. at McLain State Park, half marathon at 7:30 a.m. at Koskela Road, 10-mile run at 8 a.m. at McLain State Park, 5-mile walk at 8:30 a.m. at High Point Road and 5-mile run at 8:45 a.m. at High Point Road.

The Canal Run follows the Portage Lake Shipping Canal along Highway M-203 in Hancock, Michigan. The race course is on a paved road surface. The road is not closed to traffic. Participants are requested to run along the side of the road.

Entry fees will increase Friday, June 19, so register now if you plan to participate. Last-minute registration will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Finlandia Hall on Finlandia University's campus. Visit for all race details and registration.

Participants in the 2012 Canal Run register for the race near the Hancock Tori (farmers' market). (Keweenaw Now file photo)

A pre-race pasta dinner from the Keweenaw Co-op will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Finlandia Hall on the Finlandia University campus.

The Canal Kid's Dash, free for all kids, will be Friday night at 5:30 p.m. in front of Finlandia Hall. It will include a 50-yard dash for children under seven and a 100-yard dash for children seven and up. All participants receive a Canal Kid's Dash finisher's medal!

On Saturday, shuttle service will be provided from the finish line at FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) to all start locations. Shuttles will leave approximately every 15 minutes beginning at 6 a.m. The last shuttle for each race will leave at the following times: 10-Mile Walk, 6:45 a.m.; 1/2 Marathon, 7 a.m.; 10-Mile Run, 7:30 a.m.; 5-Mile Walk, 8 a.m.; 5-Mile Run, 8:15 a.m.

Participants should plan on boarding the shuttle to their race about an hour before the race is scheduled to start.

The Canal Run began in 1975 and is the premier running and walking event in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

All five events finish in downtown Hancock between FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) and Quincy Green. The awards ceremony will begin around 10:30 a.m.

After the Canal Run head down to the Hancock waterfront near Porvoo Park for an art show and kid's three-on-three soccer tournament. On Sunday head to the waterfront for a volleyball tournament, the fifth annual Canal Swim and a ping pong tournament.

Click here for a Canal Run map.

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