July 15, 2017

 

Race Guide

 

Thank you for your interest in the Canal Run. This is a truly great event with thousands of happy participants over the past 40-plus years. Below is all of the information you'll need to know. If there's anything you have questions about, contact us.

Weekend Schedule at a Glance

  • Last-minute registration and packet/bib pick-up is Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Finlandia Hall on Finlandia University's campus located at 625 Summit St. (map)

  • There is a pre-race pasta dinner Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Finlandia Hall.

  • The Canal Kids' Dash will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The event is free for all children or there is an option to pay $10 and receive a Canal Run t-shirt. Participants will run a quarter mile and finish at the finish line on Quincy Street.

  • NEW FOR 2016 -- Shuttle service will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection, 900 Quincy St. (map), 5 blocks from the finish line. Please plan on boarding the shuttle to your race about an hour before your race is scheduled to start.

  • Race Start Times:
    7:15 a.m. - 10-mile walk
    7:30 a.m. - Half marathon
    8:00 a.m. - 10-mile run
    8:50 a.m. - 5-mile run
    8:55 a.m. - 5-mile walk

  • Award Ceremony schedule:
    9:45 a.m. - 10-mile Run
    10:00 a.m. - 5-mile Run
    10:15 a.m. - 10-mile Walk
    10:45 a.m. - ½ Marathon
    11:00- a.m. - 5-mile Walk

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Course Profiles

Safety Notes

  • The use of headphones is strongly discouraged for the safety of our participants, as the race course is not closed to traffic.

  • Runners and walkers must stay on the left side of the road at all times, facing traffic.

Event Alert System

  • The Event Alert System (EAS) communicates the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions. All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day. View EAS Levels

     

    • Website communications during race week will inform participants of the current Event Alert System status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts.

      • Current Alert Level -- Green, Good Conditions

    • On race day, the current Event Alert System status will be communicated via announcements and color-coded flags at the race starts and at Aid Stations along the course.         

Start Times and Locations

  • 10-mile walk: 7:15 a.m. at McLain State Park

  • Half Marathon: 7:30 a.m. at Koskela Road

  • 10-mile run: 8:00 a.m. at McLain State Park

  • 5-mile walk: 8:55 a.m. at High Point Road

  • 5-mile run: 8:50 a.m. at High Point Road

Canal Kids' Dash

  • Free for all kids or there is an option to pay $10 and receive a Canal Run t-shirt.

  • Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Participants will start near Krist Oil and run down the race course 1/4 mile through the finish line chute. This event is not timed and all participants will receive a medal. There are no age limits. Registration will be in front of Northern Auto. This is a closed course.

  • All participants receive a Canal Kid's Dash finisher's medal!

Shuttle Service

  • NEW FOR 2016 Shuttle service will be provided to all start locations from the Church of the Resurrection, 900 Quincy St (map), 5 blocks from the finish line. Shuttles will leave approximately every 15 minutes beginning at 6 a.m.

  • The last shuttle for each race will leave approximately at the following times:
    10 Mile Walk -6:45 a.m.
    1/2 Marathon - 7:00 a.m.
    10 Mile Run - 7:30 a.m.
    5 Mile Walk - 8:25 a.m.
    5 Mile Run - 8:20 a.m.

Packet/Bib Pick-Up

  • Race packets, which includes your bib and courtesy race swag will be available on Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Finlandia Hall, which is just up the street from the finish line of the race at
    625 Summit Street in Hancock
    (map). Race packets will also be available Saturday morning at the Church of the Resurrection, 900 Quincy St (map), 5 blocks from the finish line from 6-8 a.m.

  • Last-minute registration and packet/bib pick-up is Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Finlandia Hall on Finlandia University's campus.

  • Bibs with timing chips on them will be provided in your racer packet.

  • Race packets can be picked up by others.

Canal Run T-Shirts

5-Mile Run Wave Start

  • Wave starts will be provided for the 5 mile run. If you would like to be in the same wave as friends or family, be sure to enter the same pace per mile on your registration form. If left blank, waves will randomly be assigned.

Restroom Facilities

  • Restroom facilities will be located at all race starts, the Finish Line, Saturday bib pick-up and along the course at the following Water Stops: Bear Lake (9 miles to go), High Point (5 miles to go) and Harrington Ridge (3 miles to go).

Awards

  • The awards ceremony will take place in downtown Hancock, near the finish line.
    9:45 a.m. - 10 mile Run
    10:00 a.m. - 5 mile Run
    10:15 a.m. - 10 mile Walk
    10:45 a.m. - ½ Marathon
    11:00 a.m. - 5 mile Walk

  • ½ marathon participants will receive finishing medals.

  • Male and female overall and age group winners will receive unique awards and medals.

     

    *1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given in the following age groups

    ½ Marathon: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

    10-Mile Run: 13-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+

    5-Mile Run: 12 and under, 13-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

    10-Mile Walk: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

    5-Mile Walk: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

    *All 1/2 marathon finishers will receive a medal.

Water Stops

  • Water Stops will be located every 2 miles along the course. Water, Powerade and medical professionals will be provided at all water stops

Clothing Bags

  • Please bring your own clothing bag if you wish to leave items at the race start. Bag tags will be provided. The bags will be transported to the finish line. The Canal Run is not responsible for lost items.

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner

  • The dinner, hosted by Finlandia University, has a healthy selection of food that is specially made to prepare you for a great event. The dinner is Friday, July 15th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Finlandia Hall, which is located in the heart of Finlandia University's campus. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children (6-12 years old) and free for children under 6.

Other Notes

  • Parking will not be available at the Half Marathon or 5 Mile Starts. Shuttle service will be available near the Finish Line.

  • To eliminate congestion at the finish line, walkers are asked to come through the finish line single file.

  • Those entering the walking events are not allowed to run and will be disqualified from the event if seen running. If you’d like to run an event but would like to walk some of it, please register for a running event.

  • Walking the entire ½ marathon or 10-mile run will not be permitted.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
   
 
November 1, 2016
Registration for 2017 Canal Run now open
 
July 8, 2016
Race Radio Communications During Canal Run
 
July 7, 2016
Final Canal Run 2016 registration price jump is Saturday
 
June 30, 2016
Canal Run Team Spotlight: OHM Advisors
 
   
 
  UP Health System
  Finlandia University
  FirstMerit Bank
  Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
  Brockit, Inc.
  City of Hancock Police and Public Works
  Hancock Bottling
  Houghton County Sheriff Department
  Michigan Fitness Foundation
  Michigan State Police
  opusWeb.com
  Organic Valley
  Pat’s Foods and Festival Foods
  Superior Graphics
  Superior Search and Rescue
  Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club
  WLUC TV6 and Fox U.P.

  Hancock Canal Run | Contact Information
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