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November 1, 2016
Registration for 2017 Canal Run now open

Registration for the 2017 Canal Run -- set for Saturday, July 15, 2017 -- is now open.

CLICK HERE to register now!

"This is the earliest we've ever opened up registration," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "I want to thank all of the racers who made this suggestion, and our organizing committee for making this possible."

The earlier registration was suggested by several participants in the 2016 and 2015 participant surveys. It allows runners to better plan their 2017 running schedule.

This year's first price jump will be on February 1, 2017 -- meaning those interested in the event have more than three full months to lock in the lowest price.

The Canal Run is also switching registration vendors to Run Sign Up.

"We believe this will be a better tool for our racers, and provide our volunteers with a better experience in managing the race," Luskin said.

Those interested in registering for the 2017 Canal Run can do so by clicking the register button on the top of the Canal Run website.

Click Here for more information in PDF Format

July 8, 2016
Race Radio Communications During Canal Run

Communication for large events like the Canal Run is critical. Information during the race is important from both a safety and practical standpoint. It helps the race coordinators determine when everyone is off the course, if there are any injuries or accidents, and helps answer questions that come up from volunteer around the course.

Since much of the Canal Run course doesn't have cell phone coverage, radio is really the only effective way to communicate. For many years, amateur radio operators have been assisting with the event. The radio operators are volunteers, mostly from Superior Search and Rescue, the Houghton County Amateur Radio Emergency Services group, the Copper Country Radio Amateur Association, and the Husky Amateur Radio Club at Michigan Tech. Our radio operators hold a license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate a radio on the restricted amateur bands and most provide their own equipment.

The communication system used for the Canal Run is one of the more complicated systems Superior Search and Rescue (SSAR) uses. During a typical event or search, one or two different frequencies are required to communicate with all of the volunteers. However, the difficult terrain of the Canal Run course (in the shadow of hills and in-between buildings) requires four frequencies to be used by 17 radio operators at aid stations, race starts, the finish, and several other locations. The race communications operate on what is called a "directed net" with a Net Control operator. Each station may only talk to the Net Control operator- no one else. The Net Controller gathers information from each station and directs information to its destination. While it seems redundant- almost like a game of telephone- directed nets are actually very efficient when there are more then 5 or 6 radio operators and are used to keep people from talking on top of each other- a common problem with undirected nets. The Net Controller will also log all of the radio traffic on each frequency.

Interoperability or the ability to talk with other agencies is also an important component of the race communication system. In addition to the amateur radio operators, SSAR is able to communicate with the police and ambulance on the course to alert them to an incident or location that needs help. This is accomplished using the Michigan Public Safety Communication System (MPSCS) that use a digital trunked radio system and had common "talkgroups" for all agencies in Michigan specifically designed for use for multi-agency events and incidents.

In addition to the voice communication, SSAR uses GPS tracking devices to keep track of some of the key players in the event. These tracking devices use a radio protocol called APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) to transmit the GPS location over the radio. In their communications trailer, a receiver will hear the location beacons and plot them on a map, making it easy to track the supply truck or the sweep without constantly having to ask for their location.

Good communication before and during the Canal Run help make the event successful for everyone involved.

:: This story was produced by Canal Run committee member Christopher Van Arsdale, who can be reached via e-mail, cdvanars@mtu.edu.
July 7, 2016
Final Canal Run 2016 registration price jump is Saturday

It's time to get those Canal Run 2016 registrations in, as the price will jump to its highest price Saturday starting after midnight eastern time.

Registration, if done by July 9, is $35 for the five-mile race, $40 for 10-mile race and $45 for the half marathon.

These prices are amongst the lowest you will find for a full-service race that includes Chip-timed racing, a high-quality commemorative Canal Run t-shirt, water stations throughout the course, a medical station at the finish stationed with medical personnel, unique awards and medals for half marathon finishers, overall and age group winners and free beautiful downloadable photos after the race.

To register click the registration tab on the Canal Run website.
June 30, 2016
Canal Run Team Spotlight: OHM Advisors

Many teams register for the Canal Run, but not many are as large as OHM Advisors, an architecture, engineering and planning firm located in Hancock.

OHM Advisors' staff have been participating in the Canal Run for many years, however it wasn't until 2014 that they decided to come together and form an official team. This year, over 20 team members from OHM Advisors will be participating in the 5 mile events.

OHM participants created a team for the Canal Run as both a way support the community and contribute to local organizations, as well as to provide their employees an opportunity to participate in a team event that promotes wellness.

"With so many local residents and businesses participating, the Canal Run truly creates a strong sense of community pride," said Samantha Schutz, Business Development Manager. "We are excited to be a part of that."

Staff enjoy many things about the Canal Run, but it's familiarity that gets Jennifer Johnson coming back each year.

"I like that you see a lot of the same faces every year and there's a lot of local participation whether it's running/walking the races, volunteers, or even people that live along the canal or are camping at Hancock Beach that come out to cheer everyone on," Johnson said. "It's a great local event, and everyone has a good time."

Terry Dahl participates in the 5 mile walk and enjoys seeing all the runners and walkers.

"It's always great seeing friends and shouting out encouragement, and talking to those constantly changing around me," Dahl said.

Last year the team had matching yellow shirts. This year, look for the OHM team in their pink shirts as they cross the finish line. The Canal Run appreciates the great support from OHM Advisors.


:: This story was produced by Canal Run Race Director Angela Luskin, she can be reached via e-mail, aluskin@portagehealth.org.
June 28, 2016
Canal Run Safety Committee preparing for big race

The safety of the racers and volunteers participating in the Canal Run is of the upmost concern for Canal Run Committee. Each year, the committee has tried to improve the quality of the race including reviewing our safety protocols and how we get the word out.

A variety of stakeholders are involved in the safety planning of the Canal Run and together they form the Safety Committee. These include various law enforcement agencies, volunteer groups, racers, first responders, sponsors, local and state agencies and governments. Having a wide variety of stakeholders helps the committee get sense of the overall event experience.

Next, committee then tries to determine what hazards are present during the event. These include looking at historical incidents, problems at other races, and situations unique to the Canal Run. These hazards are compiled into a list and analyzed in terms of their probability of occurrence, their level of impact and number of people impacted by each hazard.

Protection from hazards is our first goal. We ask the question: "How can we protect stakeholders from the hazards we've identified?" The Canal Run has the participation of law enforcement from the City of Hancock, Houghton County and the Michigan State Police to help protect racers and volunteers from the hazard of traffic along the race route and to direct traffic at high traffic areas. We also try to alert the public to the presence of the event through media, flyers in mailboxes along the race route, and post signs informing drivers that a race is in progress along M-203. We inform racers and volunteers of what procedures to follow when racing or helping with the event via the racer or volunteer information packet. This year, we are also obtaining decision support from the National Weather Service to help alert us to unsafe weather situations (sever weather, excessive heat/humidity).

Mitigation, or what can we do to reduce the impact of a hazard should it occur, is the next step in the planning process. Like protection, mitigation steps vary depending on the hazard, but in general: having a plan that stakeholders are familiar with, having the resources in place waiting before an incident occurs, and having backup plans should our initial plan be disrupted are all components of mitigation. Specifically, some of the steps for the Canal Run include having aid stations on the course with first responders and athletic trainers to help with medical incidents and having police available on the course to quickly respond to incidents.

The response to incidents is what most people think of when the think about safety planning. The response to incidents is typically designed around general categories of incidents (medical, violence, weather, etc.) avoiding a specific plan for every conceivable scenario. This having many specific plans would require a book that responders would need to look through to find exactly the right procedure to follow. Instead, we have several general plans that involve three basic steps: recognition of an emergency situation, alerting the race control, dispatching of responders (if needed), solving the incident (providing medical care, dealing with an individual, etc.) and simultaneous assessment of the situation to determine if the situation requires a delay or cancelation of the race. Additional resources are provided as required at the scene. Once resolved, the situation is documented and the race is returned to normal status if possible.

Communication is important component of safety at various steps in the planning and execution of the Canal Run. Before the event, the hazards and response steps are communicated. During the event, communication between the assisting agencies, volunteers, and Canal Run committee members is equally important. Amateur radio operators at each aid station provide in-race communication. These operators keep the race control up-to-date with when the first racer from each race reaches each aid station, any incidents or injuries that happen and are reported, and when the sweeps reach each aid station. They also relay weather information for the weather Event Alert System flags indicators and any important information for the aid stations to pass on to racers about the course ahead (accidents for example).

Everyone- committee, racers, volunteers, police, and spectators all contribute to a safe event. If you see someone whom needs help - please help them! If you can't, or if you something that doesn't seem quite right, let the nearest aid station know.

We hope you have an enjoyable and safe event.
June 27, 2016
Volunteers still needed for 2016 Canal Run

There are still have many volunteer spots left to fill for the Canal Run on Saturday, July 16! Please consider helping out if you are able.

Below are a list of open positions. If any work for you, simply fill out our volunteer form - CLICK HERE - and our coordinator will get back to you shortly. Thank you for your support!

5 Mile Start Coordinator - 7:15-9:15 a.m.
Gate Keeper - 5 mile - 7:15-9:15 a.m.
5 mile Traffic Controller - 7:30-9:30 a.m.
10 Mile Start Coordinator - 6:15-8:15 a.m.
1/2 Marathon Awards at Finish Line - 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Award Assistant - 10-11 a.m.
Back-up Timers - 8:15-11 a.m.
Clean Up Crew - 10:30-12:30 p.m.
Finish Line Tent - 7-11 a.m.
T-shirt Dispenser - 8:30-11
Finish Line Set up - 6-8 a.m.
Finish Line Patrol - 8:30-11 a.m.
Kids Dash Volunteer - 9-11 a.m.
Registration - Friday 2:30-5:30pm
Registration - Friday 5:15-8:15pm
Registration - 5:45-8:15am
Result Printer - 8:30-11 a.m.
Road Crossing Patrol - 8:15-10:45 a.m.
Road Crossing Patrol - 8:00-11 a.m.
Water Stop - Adopt SSR - 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Water Stop - High Point Rd - 7:45-9:45 a.m.
Water Stop - Legion - 8:00-10:30 a.m.
Water Stop - Memorial - 8:15-11 a.m.
June 23, 2016
Canal Run Kid's Dash back for 2016

The 2016 Canal Run Kid's Dash promises to be another fun-filled event!

This non-timed event allows younger runners to share in the weekend festivities with a race of their own on a safe, closed course.

Last year over 100 participants ran the quarter-mile course, which starts by the Krist Oil gas station in Hancock, and ends at the same finish line as the Canal Run races.

The race starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, and is open to all ages. There will be waved starts with the older kids starting first. Registration will be near the race start by Northern Auto. There is no entry fee, however there is an option to pay $10 for a T-shirt. All race participants will receive a finisher's medal.

:: This story was produced by Canal Run committee member Susan Rosemurgy, who can be reached via e-mail, srosemurgy@portagehealth.org.
June 20, 2016
Canal Run race sponsors donate generously

With less than one month until the 41st Annual Canal Run, the planning committee would like to recognize the event's amazing sponsors. The amount of time, money and products donated grows every year. Canal Run has four major sponsors; UP Health Portage, Finlandia University, FirstMerit Bank and the Keweenaw Co-op. Each of these major sponsors donates an enormous amount of manhours to the race.

Each major sponsor must offer a minimum of 12 volunteers for the race, and at least one race committee member. Committee members work year-round planning, organizing, recruiting and fundraising. As the event grows, so does its needs. With participant numbers gaining every year, the amount of food, drinks, security, porta-potties must also increase every year. Canal Run counts on their sponsors to keep up with that growth.

"We go through massive amounts of Powerade, string cheese, chocolate milk, energy gel, fresh fruit, recovery drinks, you name it," said race committee member Mary Myers. "Every year we need to order more everything."

A huge donation from Pat's Foods supplies fresh fruit and other food items for the food tent. This year, racers will find green and red grapes, mini tangerines, along with many cases of organic bananas, donated by the Keweenaw Co-op.

A newer sponsor, Organic Valley, will again supply hundreds of recovery protein drinks and two kinds of cheese sticks. Jilbert's Dairy of Marquette has donated 400 pints of chocolate milk, to help runners recover. FirstMerit Bank is bringing back the popsicle truck and have donated over a thousand icy treats to keep racers cool and spectators happy.

Donations of time and expertise is also a huge win for Canal Run. More than 100 volunteers are needed to make the event happen. Other agencies like, Superior Search and Rescue donate their services and keep the communication lines open on the course, as much of it is without cell phone service. The group uses HAM radios to keep the volunteers and committee members in contact with law enforcement and medical at all times.

The Canal Run planning committee would like to graciously thank this year's sponsors for their continued generosity. They are listed here.

:: This story was produced by Canal Run committee member Mary Myers, who can be reached via e-mail, mmyers@chestv.com.
June 7, 2016
Canal Run Runner Spotlight: G

He goes by "G," and is well known in our community for being a huge advocate of the Canal Run. His training progress and race adventures are meticulously tracked in his blog. CLICK HERE to read it.

His first official encounter with the Canal Run began in 2010 with the 10-mile run. With the inception of the half marathon in 2013, he's been running that event ever since.

"The scenic yet challenging course kept safe and secure by the law enforcement officers, healthcare personnel and volunteers, careful and detailed organization, local business establishments involved in pre- and post-race festivities, and a general proud sense of community," are what G states as his inspiration to participate each year.

G credits friends from this area for getting him interested in running and keeping him interested.

Though the official record might show just my name, I wouldn't be doing it without this community's support. The Canal Run gives me a chance to thank them via a good and improved performance, and let them know that their investment of time, efforts and advice wasn't wasted," G said.

G's support for the Canal Run will continue on this year. We'll all be cheering loudly as he once again crosses the finish line.

:: This story was produced by Canal Run Race Director Angela Luskin, she can be reached via e-mail, aluskin@portagehealth.org.
June 6, 2016
Canal Run endorsed by Michigan Fitness Foundation

The 2016 Canal Run has a new endorsement: In accordance with the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, the Michigan Fitness Foundation has endorsed the 2016 Canal Run

The endorsement adds the Canal Run to the Pure Michigan FITness Series Challenge, which includes hundreds of events across the state. Participants in the series events are eligible to win a hoodie, medal, water bottle and some lucky participants will win a trip up the Mackinac Bridge Tower!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

CLICK HERE to join the Pure Michigan FITness Series Challenge.

Click Here for more information in PDF Format

June 2, 2016
Brockit is back - meaning more amazing FREE race photos

One of the great traditions the Canal Run is proud to offer its racers is access to incredible race photography by brockit, inc. at no additional cost.

"Every year we receive incredible feedback from our racers," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "We're excited to bring them back again this year, and can't wait to see those who love the Canal Run sharing the photos once again."

In 2015 the high resolution photos were not only downloadable at no additional cost, but racers were able to sort through the thousands of high-quality images via their bib number. That will be available again this year.

"It is our pleasure to shoot this race, all of the participants are photogenic and always smiling," said Adam Johnson, owner and lead photog with the Hancock-based photography business. "On top of that, our arrangement with the race organization allows us to distribute the images at no cost to the racers which is highly atypical - great job, Canal Run committee. We can't wait to see you at the event!"

Photos from the Canal Run, dating back to 2009, are available on brockit's website, CLICK HERE
May 31, 2016
Canal Run Team Spotlight: Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly employees and volunteers will again take the team approach to tackling Canal Run. They plan to come out in even larger numbers this year. Last year, the Little Brothers team consisted of 12 employees and volunteers. According to Carol Korpela, Program Director, the team is growing.

"We are up to 16 participants this year," she said. "We are a small staff here, so it says something to our commitment to see our numbers climb."

A combination of things has inspired the staff and volunteers to organize their team and participate together.

"Canal Run gives back to the community," Korpela said. "Little Brothers has been a recipient of that gift, so it's important for us to be there, participating."

Each team member chose their own event, and crossed the finish line separately last year.

"Some were able to stick around for awards and comradery and some were not," Korpela said. This year, to bring the group together after the races, they have planned something new. "We plan to bring our Forever Friends, from the medical care facility, to join us at the finish line to celebrate. Afterwards, our employees and volunteers will head over with our Forever Friends, to the Little Brothers offices for a picnic lunch."

Forever Friends are the senior citizens that Little Brothers have committed to visiting for life.

"Canal Run is a great community event, and our team only enhances that sense of community. We are proud to be there," Korpela said.

Look for Team Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly at 2016 Canal Run!

Click the registration tab on top of the Canal Run website to learn more about how to register your team, and save money, for the 2016 event.
May 27, 2016
Second registration price jump is June 1

The registration fee for the 41st annual Canal Run will jump on Wednesday, June 1. That means you only have a couple days to get the lowest registration price you can!

The prices are currently $30 for the five-mile walk or run, $35 for the 10-mile walk or run and $40 for the half marathon. These prices are amongst the lowest you will find for a full-service race that includes Chip-timed racing, a high-quality commemorative Canal Run t-shirt, water stations throughout the course, a medical station at the finish stationed with medical personnel, unique awards and medals for half marathon finishers, overall and age group winners and free beautiful downloadable photos after the race.

To register click the registration tab on the Canal Run website.
May 25, 2016
Canal Run Team Spotlight: Half Moon Beach

Every year the Canal Run offers a discount for people who get together and register as a team. Often times those teams will do the race together, buy matching t-shirts or train together.

Today we're highlighting Half Moon Beach, a team of walkers from nearby Chassell, Michigan who fit all three of the criteria listed above.

Last year was the team's first foray into the Canal Run as the long-time walking group decided to push it just a little further than the group's usual four miles each day.

"I have been walking with the group for 17 years, and two have walked even longer than that," Judy Evert said. "I wake up every morning to Dirk on the radio, and in 2014 when they were doing the live broadcast of the Canal Run I told the group, 'we should be doing the Canal Run today.'"

The walking group did just that in 2015 as the group of five -- Lou Helman, Judy Evert, Sandi Engel, Phyllis Johnson and Marvyl Wilson -- completed the five-mile walk together.

"When we finished the five-mile walk we all said we could have walked many more miles," she said. "It was such a great event!"

The group debated, at least for a few fleeting moments, jumping to the 10-mile walk for 2016, but instead decided to stick with the five for a second year. It should be easy to spot the group, which is fully committed to sticking together from beginning to end, as they wear their iconic purple Half Moon Beach t-shirts.

Be sure to say hi as you see them along the course this year!

:: This story was produced by Canal Run committee member Michael H. Babcock, he can be reached via e-mail, michael.babcock@finlandia.edu.
May 19, 2016
Volunteer during the 41st annual Canal Run!

Volunteer recruitment is now underway for the 41st annual Canal Run. Over 150 volunteers are needed this year to assist with many aspects of the event. That includes registration, packet stuffing, water stations, finish line set-up, traffic control and many other areas.

To volunteer, simply CLICK HERE and our volunteer coordinator will get back to you shortly. You will also find descriptions of all volunteer positions at the link above.

We appreciate the time and energy you devote to volunteering at the Canal Run, especially those who have volunteered for many years. Without you this race wouldn't exist!
March 28, 2016
First registration price jump is after March 31

Beginning April 1 all registration prices for the 2016 Canal Run will jump by $5. That means through Thursday night at midnight is the lowest price of the year to participate in the U.P.'s largest running race of the year.

The 2016 race will include a five-mile run, five-mile walk, 10-mile walk, half marathon and signature 10-mile run. All events will follow the beautiful Portage Lake Shipping Canal along M-203 in Hancock with a finish in downtown Hancock.

CLICK HERE to register.

About the Canal Run
The Canal Run was started in 1975, and is the premier running event in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Following the rolling hills along the Portage Lake Shipping Canal, the Canal Run offers three distances for runners and walkers of all levels, including a half marathon, 10-mile run, 10-mile walk, five-mile run and five-mile walk.

Bob Olson founded the run in 1975. Olson was an avid runner, and owned WMPL radio at the time. For several years he ran the event with his family and a couple volunteers. The well-ran race continued to grow, and after a few years Olson contacted Ken Seaton, president of D&N Bank, which signed on to sponsor and support the event.

With the support of D&N Bank, which is now FirstMerit Bank, the race continued to grow. In the early 2000s Portage Health (2007) and Finlandia University (2010) signed on to help the event, which has grown to more than 500 racers a year.

In 2009 the race was expanded to include a five-mile option. In 2013 a half marathon has been added. The five- and 10-mile courses are both USATF certified for 2013.

Each of the sponsoring organizations commits to have employees volunteer. It takes more than 150 volunteers to make this event possible.

The race is self sustaining, bringing in enough money in registration fees and sponsorships to cover all the costs. Since 2011, the organizing committee was able to donate more than $7,000 to area non-profit organizations.
January 1, 2016
2016 registration is now open

Registration for the 2016 Canal Run is now open! See pricing structure and register by pressing "registration" on the top of the Canal Run website.

CLICK HERE to register.

The 2016 race will include a five-mile run, five-mile walk, 10-mile walk, half marathon and signature 10-mile run. All events will follow the beautiful Portage Lake Shipping Canal along M-203 in Hancock with a finish in downtown Hancock.
December 4, 2015
Marathon planning focuses on 2017 for Canal Run

After hearing feedback from dozens of Canal Run participants, researching logistics, and discussing the idea openly and comprehensively as a group, the Canal Run committee has decided to focus on adding a marathon-distance run for the summer of 2017.

"Our focus has always been on offering a great experience for our racers," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "This time table will give us more than a year and a half to work out the countless challenges that we will incur by adding a marathon to the Canal Run."

Several course options have been researched including a there-and-back race from the downtown Hancock start line, a race start in Keweenaw County and a race start along Torch Lake near Tamarack City. Currently the committee sees a race start near Tamarack City to be the most likely.

"Each of these options presents unique opportunities and challenges," Luskin said. "This will give us to time to begin dialogue with people in these communities, and also discuss the idea with our amazing volunteers who come out and support this event each year."

The committee estimates it will take a 25 percent increase in volunteers to add a marathon.

The Canal Run has grown into one of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan's largest silent sports event, attracting nearly 1,000 participants during the 2015 event. The total amount of participants has grown each of the past six years, including a significant growth after the addition of the half marathon in 2012. Last year half marathon participants traveled from 16 states.

"Adding a half marathon introduced Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula and the Canal Run as a destination in the running community," Luskin said. "We continue to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from runners of all skill and experience levels. We want to continue to offer an incredible product without negatively effecting our current offerings."

That includes the signature 10-mile race, which will not be discontinued with the addition of the Marathon.

Registration for the 41st annual Canal Run will open in early 2016. As usual the event will include a 5-mile walk, 5-mile run, 10-mile walk, 10-mile run and half marathon. The race date is July 16.


Below are the names of the current Canal Run committee members. We urge you to reach out to them to provide your feedback on the idea of adding a marathon. You can also e-mail your comments to info@hancockcanalrun.com or call Race Director Angela Luskin at (906) 483-1153.

Canal Run Committee
Angela Luskin, Race Director, aluskin@portagehealth.org
Mary Myers
Faye Carr
Kendra Coppo
Chris VanArsdale
Tracy Lang
Susan Rosemurgy
Michael H. Babcock
Mia Moilanen
Katie Brewster
Jim Tervo

November 11, 2015
Opinions sought about adding marathon to Canal Run

The Canal Run organizing committee is considering adding a marathon to the 2016 event, and is now seeking feedback to decide if planning should move forward.

When considering adding the event, the committee sees a few large problems: One route available includes a pretty difficult ~3.5-mile stretch that includes a nearly 600-foot elevation change, another would be a there-and-back course, a third has runners leaving pavement for dirt roads and a final options has a start line that is 20+ miles from the finish. Because of that, and the extreme heat involved in a road race in mid-to-late July, the committee is looking for your help in making this decision.

If you're interested in helping us plan the future of the Canal Run, please CLICK HERE to complete our questionnaire, or e-mail info@hancockcanalrun.com.
August 4, 2015
2015 Recap: Another record year, bib-tagged photos, video finish, etc.

The 2015 Canal Run saw a seventh straight year of a record-high number of participants. The final number tallied right at 843, and it included some incredible performances.

Congratulations to all of the winners, including a fourth win (third in last four years) for Jonathan Kilpela in the 10-mile run. Jessica Nankervis was the female 10-mile run winner, breaking a seven-year streak for Amy Janeshek.

Kristin Thompson had a record-breaking performance in the female half marathon, finishing in 1 hour, 31 minutes, while Stephen Eles performed well in winning the men's half marathon.

A record was also broken in the men's five-mile race as Mark Hallmann of Amasa, Michigan finished in 28 minutes 54 seconds, an incredible 5:46 per mile pace. On the women's side it was Lisa Wiitala taking home the top spot.

The walking events were competitive as always with Karaen McColl (1:52:24) winning the 10-mile women's event, Ray Sharp (1:28:33) winning the 10-mile men's event, Jessica Lawson (1:00:01) winning the 5-mile women's and Blake Hamar (56:07) taking the title in the 5-mile men's event.

Below you'll find some helpful links recapping the 40th annual Canal Run.

Results - CLICK HERE
Check out all of the results from this year's event. One cool new feature this year is a video of YOU crossing the finish line. Simply click your name, and then click the Superior Timing logo to see video of you crossing the finish line.

Bib-Tagged Photos - CLICK HERE
Thousands of photos were taken by our good friends at Brockit, Inc., and new this year the photos are tagged based on your race bib number! Simply search for your bib number in the search box, and magically you'll see all of the photos of YOU!

Survey - CLICK HERE
We're always looking to improve the Canal Run in future years. Please fill out our survey to help us make the improvements you need to keep you coming back.

Canal Run Gives Back - CLICK HERE
Every year we take our proceeds and donate them back to non-profit organizations in the four-county area. Click the link above to find out how your favorite non-profit organization can receive funds from the Canal Run.
July 17, 2015
Bib pick-up and last-minute registration OPEN

Make your way to Finlandia Hall today between 2 and 8 p.m. to pick up your racer packet, t-shirt and race bib.

Racers and the community are also invited to stop in between 4:30 and 7:30 for the pre-race pasta dinner put on by Keweenaw Co-op. CLICK HERE for the full menu.
July 15, 2015
Financial snapshot of Canal Run

Along with time and volunteers, it takes a lot of money to put on an event the size of the Canal Run. So much so, that up until recently, the Canal Run didn't even break even.

Our generous sponsors had to put forth money in addition to all of their in-kind support to continue the event.

That has changed with recent years as the race has skyrocketed in registration numbers. Below is a quick look at last year's budget.

Registrations brought in just shy of $26,000. That's the race's only source of funding. Expenses added up to almost $23,000. Some of our large expenses included shirts ($7,000), marketing and printing ($3,500), awards ($3,000), race supplies ($3,000), timing ($2,500), bus transportation ($1,200) and porta-johns ($1,000).

Notice the expenses do not include the staff time from our committee, which is supported by UP Health System Portage, Finlandia University, First Merit Bank and Keweenaw Co-op. In addition, our committee also includes individuals that simply give their time to make the event better each year.

This event really is supported by our community - both by the racers and volunteers that commit to participating along with the sponsors that make this event possible.
July 14, 2015
Kids dash once again free, finishing downtown

The Canal Run Kids Dash is back, and better than ever.

There are three exciting changes this year
- Age-based waves
- A slightly later start time for safer and more efficient course management
- kids-sized t-shirts have been ordered so kids are able to purchase a shirt ($10 - available day of, or by pre-registering)

Of course, the event remains free for all kids.

The dash will once again be a quarter mile sprint taking place on the same course racers will come down, including having kids go through the finish-line chute. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. near Krist Oil (formerly Citgo), with the first wave beginning at 10:15 a.m.

The course is closed from traffic, is not timed, has no age limits and all participants will receive a Canal Run Kids Dash finisher's medal.
July 13, 2015
Introducing the Canal Run Event Alert System

The Canal Run recently adapted the Event Alert System (EAS) to communicate course conditions to participants. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions.

"Safety of our participants is always our number one priority," Canal Run Medical Liaison Brian Brewster said. "Adapting the EAS System is another measure that will assist our racers in having the best experience possible."

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. Announcements will also be posted to the race's Facebook page CLICK HERE and Twitter page CLICK HERE .
July 11, 2015
Canal Run sponsors give BIG in 2015

Canal run participants will be well nourished and cared for thanks to the many generous sponsors and volunteers that make this large-scale event a possibility each year.

"We have been so lucky to have so many great sponsors give so much year after year," Canal Run Race Director Angela Luskin said. "The community gives so much and we are so grateful."

All the food provided for race participants is donated. This year, racers will recover on chocolate milk, courtesy of Jilbert's Dairy of Marquette. "This is the second year Jilbert's has donated hundreds of mini chocolate milks, which is considered an excellent recovery drink," said Mary Myers, a member of the Canal Run planning committee. In addition, Organic Valley, has donated more than 500 milk protein shakes and cheese sticks. This is the second year Organic Valley has supplied the drinks, which participants loved last year.

At the dispensing table this year, runners and walkers will find organic, fair-trade bananas, donated by the Keweenaw Co-op. Pat's Foods, a long-standing sponsor, has donated green and red grapes and over 500 granola bars. According to Ben Campioni, owner of Pat's Foods, it's a donation they are happy to make year after year. "Canal Run is a great community event that gets the whole family involved," said Campioni. "We have so many employees, friends and family members who are involved in the race, so Pat's Foods is happy to promote a healthy event like Canal Run."

Since Canal Run is celebrating its 40 year anniversary, a large cake will be served after the race. The cake is compliments of The Kaleva Cafe in Hancock. The Kaleva has been donating a cake for the last several years that has been served at the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner. But this year, to celebrate 40 years, the cake will be served on Quincy Green, just after the race.

Besides good things to eat and drink, sponsors like Superior Search and Rescue donate their time. The team uses HAM radios to keep Canal Run organizers and volunteers in touch, as some of the course does not have cell phone coverage. "They keep us connected, in touch with medical and other vital people," Luskin said. In addition, The Hancock Fire Department sends out volunteers to open up fire hydrants, just enough to provide cool sprinklers as participants run and walk by.

Even the music runners and walkers hear at the race starts is donated. Sounds and Motion of Houghton were happy to add to the enthusiasm of our race starts and are providing audio systems for music this year.

"Every sponsor and donation is important and appreciated. We as a committee are overwhelmed by the help and donations we receive." Myers said. "With an event this size, it truly does take a village."

For a complete list of Canal Run sponsors, see The Canal Run Race Guide, CLICK HERE
July 9, 2015
Key Ingredients once again taking over downtown Hancock

Key Ingredients is back!

A night in downtown Hancock featuring food, music and celebration will take place on Friday, July 17, the day before the 40th annual Canal Run, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of musical talents from the Copper Country and beyond. Stop by your favorite place and try out some free samples - or go someplace brand new to see what you've been missing!

Last year the event was a hit with Quincy Street packed from one end to the other, and this year we're excited to announce a couple new stops and musical acts, plus sidewalk sales by Hancock merchants!

The event will feature the following musical acts, and more!
- Bald Squeeze Box
- Grey Storia
- Accordion Man
- Mike Irish
- Country Drifters
- Bagpipers
- Mud Creek Ramblers (at the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner at registration)
- Deve Bezotte

A big thanks to the following businesses, the city of Hancock and the Hancock Business and Professionals Association for putting the event together.
- Habaneros Fresh Mexican Kitchen
- Gemignani's Italian Restaurant
- Nutini's Supper Club
- Kaleva Cafe
- The Flower Shop
- Keweenaw Sewing
- St. Vincent De Paul
- Copper Country Community Arts Center
- Superior National Bank
- The Orpheum Theater & Studio Pizza
- Copper Island Beach Club

CLICK HERE to RSVP to the event on Facebook.
July 7, 2015
Open letter to community on safety, support and an invitation

The Canal Run has seen tremendous growth over the past 10 years. With 900 participants expected on Saturday, July 18 for the 40th annual event, safety is our number one goal. We are asking community members to limit travel on M-203 during the race, if at all possible.

- Racers will be on the M-203 course from 7:15 to 10:15 a.m.
- Quincy St. in Hancock will also be closed from 7 to 10:30 a.m., please note that detours will be in place.

If you can help us spread the word, we'd greatly appreciate it!

This event is a great way to get involved and cheer on participants! Some ideas include: put out a sprinkler, open up the hatchback and play some tunes, cheer and shout, or make a sign or poster to encourage participants along the course.

We already have received commitments from many groups around the community that will be out supporting the race, including Sounds & Motion, Keweenaw Drum Circle, Hancock Fire Department, Houghton County Medical Care residents, and athletic teams from Finlandia University and Michigan Tech. Thank you to all of those groups, and the dozens of other folks who come out and support the race.

Event schedule - CLICK HERE for the full schedule of events
10 Mile Walk - 7:15 a.m., McLain State Park
Half Marathon - 7:30 a.m., Koskela Rd
10 Mile Run - 8:00 a.m., McLain State Park
5 Mile Run - 8:50 a.m., Top of High Point Rd
5 Mile Walk - 8:55 a.m., Top of High Point Rd

All events finish in downtown Hancock, across from First Merit Bank. We thank you for your support of this great community event!
July 6, 2015
Organic Valley donating $2,500 in product to Canal Run

The Canal Run organizing committee is extremely excited to announce that Organic Valley is once again sponsoring the Upper Peninsula's biggest running event with an extremely generous donation of about $2,500 in product.

Racers will be able to enjoy delicious Medium Cheddar Snack Sticks, Pepper Jack Snack Sticks, Organic Fuel High Protein Milk Shakes, and Organic Balance Creamy & Delicious Milk Protein Shakes after the race.

Last year Organic Valley jumped on board to provide the protein shakes to racers, and they were a huge hit. Racers raved about how delicious they were, and they provided the exact nutrients many runners crave after a long run. This year, Organic Valley cheese has been added to the mix as well.

About Organic Valley - CLICK HERE
Always Organic & Farmer-Owned since 1988 - If a company is going to make a difference in today's world, it's going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, the philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. They're a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we've been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning.

About Milk Protein Shakes - CLICK HERE
Organic Valley protein shakes are made with high-quality organic milk, are lactose and gluten-free, and never contain GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides, artificial sweeteners or chalky powders. Perfect post-workout or while you're on the go!

About Organic Valley Cheese - CLICK HERE
Cheese is one of the oldest foods in the world. Some call it the food of the gods. Others say it is milk's attempt at immortality. From breakfast omelets to stacked sandwiches to topping on your favorite appetizers and entrees, Organic Valley's award-winning cheeses are the perfect complement to any meal or snack.

Canal Run Recycles
The Canal Run committee and volunteers will also once again make the effort, with your help, to recycle these recyclable bottles. We will hand out the ice cold shakes and after you finish we will have tubs for you to throw your empty bottle in. We will then take them up to the school to rinse them out and then put them in the recycle bins Finlandia University will supply us on Quincy Green. Thanks for your help and support in this endeavor.
July 2, 2015
We love our 150+ volunteers

The Canal Run is made possible by the generous people in our community who donate their time. More than 150 people every year come out and make this race happen.

"This entire race is only possible because of the community support it receives," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "The people who are up at 4 a.m. setting up the course, the neighbors that come out to the edge of their driveway to cheer on racers and the dozens of wonderful people in our community that give up most of their Saturday to make sure the event retains its reputation."

It's no different this year. The volunteers have been coming in steady over the past few months.

It's not too late, though. The Canal Run still need more than a dozen people to help out. The remaining openings are posted below, if you can help out, e-mail us, info@hancockcanalrun.com, we’d love to have you come out and enjoy the fun!

Remaining volunteer openings

• Awards 8:30-10:30
• Back-up Timer 8:15-11
• Clean-up 10:30-12:30
• T-shirt Disp. 8:30-11
• Finish Line 8:30-11
• Registration 5:45-8:15
• Result Printer 8:30-11
• Road cross 8:15-10:45
June 30, 2015
Pasta dinner provided by Keweenaw Co-op once again

The Pre-Race Pasta Dinner has become quite the tradition for hundreds of runners as they prepare to participate in the Canal Run. The Keweenaw Co-op is excited to be back once again offering the delicious meal.

The dinner has a healthy selection of food that is specially made to prepare athletes for the next morning. Dinner is Friday, July 17 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Finlandia Hall, which is located in the heart of Finlandia University's campus.

There will also be live music by Peg and Melissa from the Mud Creek Ramblers from 5 to 7 p.m. Learn more about the Mud Creek Ramblers, CLICK HERE

Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children (6-12 years old) and free for children under 6. Tickets will be available at the door, but RSVPing is requested. Eaters can RSVP when registering for the Canal Run. If you'd like to reserve extra spots, e-mail info@hancockcanalrun.com with how many people will be eating.

Below is the menu, remember that everything on the menu is made from scratch!

Spaghetti
with Italian sausage marinara
with tomato basil sauce and roasted vegetables
Gluten-free pasta will be available
Garlic bread

Salad and fruit bar
Spring mix and baby spinach
Crudites and home made dressings
Fresh Greek salad (feta, peppers, olives)
Moroccan carrot salad
Strawberries, grapes, honeydew melon

Dessert
Carrot cake
Banana pudding
June 24, 2015
brockit inc. photography adds tagged photos for 2015 Canal Run

The Canal Run has been a trendsetter when it comes to high-quality race photography for years as we've developed a great relationship with brockit Photography.

This partnership has allowed racers to have and download, for free, some of the best race photos they'll ever see. Each year we see these photos fill our social media feeds as people use them as their profile photos and share and tag their friends. Each year we read great comments in our surveys from participants happy with the photos.

This year, we're taking it a step further.

"Highlighting our love of silent sports and the beautiful Keweenaw peninsula, we couldn't be more pleased to be shooting this year's Canal Run," brockit owner Adam Johnson said. "In addition to making 800+ sweaty runners and walkers look like the rockstars you are, we're raising the bar by adding an image search ability to the gallery. Type your bib # in and your photos appear like magic. Looking forward to the event. We'll be the ones on the side of the road with cameras and coffee. Xo"

The new tool, and the thousands of great photos, will be made available, free, a few days after the event.

Photos from the Canal Run, dating back to 2009, are available on brockit's website, CLICK HERE
June 1, 2015
Celebrate the Canal Run's 40th anniversary this year

The Canal Run is celebrating 40 years on Saturday July 18th. The Canal Run was started in 1975 and has grown to become the U.P.'s largest race, with over 800 participants. Bob Olson founded the run in 1975. Olson was an avid runner, and owned WMPL radio at the time. For several years he ran the event with his family and a couple volunteers.

The well-ran race continued to grow, and after a few years Olson contacted Ken Seaton, president of D&N Bank, which signed on to sponsor and support the event.

With the support of D&N Bank, which is now FirstMerit Bank, the race continued to grow. In the early 2000s Portage Health (2007) and Finlandia University (2010) signed on to help the event.

In 2009, the race was expanded to include a five-mile option. In 2013, a half marathon has been added.

The race is self-sustaining, bringing in enough money in registration fees and sponsorships to cover all the costs. Since 2011, the organizing committee has donated $7,000 to area non-profit organizations

Be a part of history and celebrate our 40th anniversary by participating or volunteering. Registration is open for the 5-mile walk, 5-mile run, 10-mile walk, 10-mile run or the half marathon!
May 18, 2015
Vote for 2015 Canal Run t-shirt color!

The Canal Run organizing committee is excited to announce that this year we're allowing YOU to vote for the color of the official event t-shirt!

The voting contest is sponsored by our official t-shirt partner, Unique Images of L'Anse. Color options include Kelly Green, Royal Blue, Espresso Brown, Dark Heather Gray, Cardinal Red and Orange.

Head over to our Facebook page (and make sure you press that "LIKE" button!) to vote. Voting will close at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 20. Spread the word, and make sure you get the color you want!

CLICK HERE <-- VOTE!
CLICK HERE <-- "Like" our t-shirt sponsor, Unique Images

Also, be sure to check your e-mail as our first e-mail newsletter previewing the race will be out soon!
May 8, 2015
Keweenaw Co-op's Owner Appreciation Day

The Hancock Canal Run organizing committee will be at the Keweenaw Co-op’s Owner Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 12th from 12-8. This is a great chance to register for the event, learn more about volunteering and get your race questions answered! The Canal Run is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and the Co-op is proud to be a major sponsor of the event.

You can also let us know if you plan to attend the Pasta Dinner catered by the Keweenaw Co-op Deli the night before the run on Friday, July 17 from 4:30-7:30 at Finlandia Hall. You don't have to be a participant in the run to come to the dinner, just come and join in this great community event, eat some great food, buy some raffle tickets from local businesses and enjoy some live music.
May 6, 2015
Get to know the Keweenaw Running Group

Are you tired of hitting the road or trail on your own 5 nights a week?

Do you just need a little more motivation to get started running or training for a race?

Come run with us! The Keweenaw Running Group is an informal, fun-loving running group that meets faithfully all year. Our regular group runs are each Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex (SDC) main entrance.

We have runners of all ability and you are sure to find a partner or a few who operate at just your speed! Groups runs are typically 40-60 minutes and we don't leave anyone behind. We run the Michigan Tech single track trails as often as the weather allows, but spend the winter on well-lighted roads in our neon gear and layers! Occasionally, when we just can't bear it, we move the workout inside to the SDC track. We are a dog-friendly group and at times we've had more canine runners than human ones, but leashes are requested to avoid any dog tussles. There are no dues or fees to join - just come run. And once we've worked up a good appetite, we usually meet for post-run pizza and beer at the KBC!


Keweenaw Running Group was officially named and born on Facebook in the summer of 2014, but some members of the group have been running at 6pm on Wednesdays for many years. When a few founders and regulars moved away, leaving our group a little lean, we decided to use Facebook as a way to publicize our runs and recruit fellow active locals. Since then the group has grown steadily enough to allow us to split by pace into various groups and give everyone the experience they want - a speed workout, hills, or just an easy jog in the woods gabbing with old and new friends. We love to cheer each other on at local road and trail running events.

Information about our weekly runs and occasional weekend group runs or cross-training events is posted regularly on our Facebook. Find us on Facebook at CLICK HERE or by searching for "Keweenaw Running Group." We hope to meet you Wednesday at the SDC!
October 2, 2014
Canal Run donates $2,500 to community non-profits

The Canal Run Gives Back program has donated a total of $2,500 to five non-profit organizations in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Letters and payments have been mailed out to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Copper Country Autism Awareness, Dan Schmitt Gift of Music & Education Fund, U.P. Kids / Big Brothers Big Sisters and Love, Inc.

"Every year we're absolutely floored by the huge crowds we see at the annual Canal Run," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "Those large crowds are what enables us to give back by donating this money to our local organizations that make a difference in the daily life of people in our community."

Since 2011 the Canal Run has been able to donate $7,000 to our community. The Canal Run is held each July in Hancock, and is the largest running event in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Visit HancockCanalRun.com for more information on the race.

More information about the five organizations who received a donation:

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Provides friendship and services for lonely and isolated elderly people age 60 and older residing in the Copper Country - transportation, firewood, holiday meals, birthday celebrations, food pantry staples each month and fun activities. . Reach 1,300 elderly residents every year. Funding will be spend on direct service to the elderly through their Friendly Visiting program, Holiday Dinners and Social Events. Learn more, CLICK HERE

Copper Country Autism Awareness
Helps families in the Copper Country living with autism spectrum disorders. Looking for funds to assist the CCISD and local school district special education classrooms obtain items helpful in the education of children affected by autism. Learn more, CLICK HERE

Dan Schmitt Gift of Music & Education Fund
Provide free and low cost instruments, music lessons and education emphasizing sustainable, positive outdoor activities for youth. Currently began working with students from Horizons on farm projects - making maple syrup and apple tree pruning. Funds for a small vat for final syrup boiling, a fruit ladder, stage for major fundraiser (Farm Block Fest). Learn more about the fund on the fund's Facebook page, CLICK HERE

UP Kids/Big Brothers Big Sisters
Help children to realize their potential and build their futures by providing mentors. Funds would be used for the Copper Country Activities (holiday parties, summer picnics, programs) and Scholarship Fund. Learn more, CLICK HERE

Love, Inc
This organization partners with local churches to help those in need with food, personal care items, furniture/appliances, linens, clothing, household goods and financial counseling. They are currently out of space to store their donations and items. Many items are stored in boxes making it difficult on the volunteers. They would like to purchase materials to build shelving units. They have volunteers to build shelves but are short on finances. Learn more, CLICK HERE
July 22, 2014
For fifth straight year, Canal Run breaks participation record

A huge thanks to everyone for participating in this year's Canal Run! We had a great time, and welcomed 817 racers throughout our five races this year. What a great turnout! A special thanks to the 100+ volunteers who make this possible along with our great sponsors!

2014 Survey

Our race committee would love to hear back from you. Please take a few moments to complete the survey by following the link below. Each year we try to improve the race to make it an exceptional experience for you. We appreciate your comments and suggestions!

CLICK HERE to take the survey!
July 11, 2014
Safety always Canal Run's No. 1 focus

The Canal Run has seen an incredible boom in participation over the past five years, and while that's been extremely exciting and uplifting, it's also meant our efforts on safety has been even more important.

This year the run has added a couple big pieces that should be extremely helpful, and dozens of other refinements that will make a difference. Below is a list of our safety features:

- Quincy Street will now be closed to traffic from Ravine Street to the Krist Oil Gas Station from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. There will be two-way traffic on Hancock Street during this time.
- We've seen a double-digit percentage increase in road-crossing volunteers.
- Michigan State Police and Houghton County Sheriff will both have at least one car patrolling during the entire race.
- A Michigan State Police officer will lead the race into Hancock.
- City of Hancock police will be providing traffic help, and also patrolling throughout race day.
- Superior Search & Rescue is continuing to provide HAM radio services, with more than a dozen volunteers on hand during the race. They will provide radio communication from the start of each race to the finish of the race and at many points in between.
- A flyer is being delivered next week to every house along the Canal Run course notifying them of race information. Flyers will also be distributed to campers at McLain State Park and City of Hancock Campground.
- We have placed advertisements on the radio to let people know
- We met with all local authorities to discuss ideas to make this race as safe as possible, the meeting was covered by Sarah Blakely with TV6 News, CLICK HERE .
- We've modified start times to create less need for passing, and to have less large groups of people at the same spot.
- No buses are allowed to come up High Point Road for the 5-mile start.

We're really excited for the race, and looking forward to seeing you out on the course! Visit hancockcanalrun.com for all the race details, or contact Angela Luskin at 483-1153 with any questions.
July 10, 2014
Many thanks to the business community, who makes Canal Run possible

Celebrating 39 years, Canal Run has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings. Much of the Upper Peninsula's biggest running race's success is in part to its dedicated committee members, and business sponsors. The race depends on donations from its sponsors in many forms.

"We have a long list of community businesses that give a lot to the race," said Angela Luskin, race director. "I'm amazed year after year at how much the community, especially business owners donate. It's truly a community effort."

All of the food available after the races for participants are donated by Pat's Foods and the Keweenaw Co-op. Pat's donates many cases of fresh grapes, apples and chocolate milk. Wonderful organic bananas are donated by the Keweenaw Co-op. New to the race this year was a huge donation from Organic Valley, a Wisconsin farming cooperative. They've donated more than $3,000 in product for racers! That includes four varieties of milk protein shakes that will be available after the race at the tent on Quincy Green.

But donations come in much smaller forms too.

"Even the ice we use is donated locally from Copper Country Cubes," Luskin added.

Hancock Bottling, the area's local Coca Cola dealer, donates much of the Powerade that is consumed during and after the race.

"They've been a wonderful sponsor for many years, and we are so grateful," Luskin said.

And it's certainly not just product that is donated. Much of it is time for our local business people. Jeff Primeau, owner of OpusWeb.com, created the race's website as a donation years ago. He continues to support the race with updates and ongoing consulting.

The biggest donation we get from our sponsors is time, volunteers and their expertise.

"The three main sponsors are responsible for recruiting volunteers," Luskin said. "The majority of our volunteers are employees of either Portage Health, Finlandia University or FirstMerit Bank. Their participation is critical. Each year we require more and more volunteers as the race grows. We literally couldn't do it without them."

To donate or volunteer your time to Canal Run, call Luskin at (906) 483-1153.
July 8, 2014
New for 2014: Organic Valley chocolate milk and more!

Every year we add hundreds of new small things to the Canal Run to try and improve the experience for the hundreds of runners that come back every year to make us the biggest running race in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and this year is no different. Below are a bunch of exciting things we have going on this year that we've never done before.

Organic Valley has donated more than $3,000 in product for racers! That includes four varieties of milk protein shakes that will be available after the race at the tent on Quincy Green. That includes Organic Balance and Organic Fuel product links, CLICK HERE for more information.

KEY INGREDIENTS "An Evening of Music & Food" will be filling up the streets in downtown Hancock. This includes live music and food specials from the 100 block of Quincy Street all the way to the pasta dinner at Finlandia Hall. After or before picking up your racer packet and bib, take a stroll through downtown Hancock. CLICK HERE for more information.

Below are a few quick hits on things that have changed, but don't worry there are many, many more improvements.
- Enhanced finishing chute.
- Finish line moved up several feet.
- Timing chips placed on race bib.
- More porta potties.
- Wave starts for five-mile race based on expected pace.
- A surprise with the photos courtesy of brockit, inc.
- Switched around start times.
- New rule where walkers are asked to walk in lines of three or less.
- Our PDF race guide has many of these things mentioned as well, make sure to download that and read up to prepare! The PDF is available below.
- A lot of new safety things, we'll have more details on that on another blog post.


Click Here for more information in PDF Format

June 27, 2014
Brockit, Inc. back for fifth year as photographer

Once again the Canal Run is proud to announce its renewed partnership with brockit, inc. of Hancock as the race's official photographer.

Brockit has been the race photographer since 2009, and is most well known for a new feature we began in 2012 for all race participants:

- Courtesy Photo Downloads To All Participants -

These photos are free to download at web size, and available for purchase at larger sizes. They will once again be available after the race, with a special new feature this year that we'll announce after the race.

Photo Archive from brockit:
2009 Canal Run Photos - CLICK HERE
2011 Canal Run Photos - CLICK HERE
2012 Canal Run Photos - CLICK HERE (First year of free photo downloads)
2013 Canal Run Photos - CLICK HERE
June 24, 2014
Canal Run seeking non-profits for "Canal Run Gives Back"

Canal Run Gives Back was launched in 2011. The donations are Canal Run's way to give back to the community.

The growth of this race over the last few years is truly a community effort, and the Canal Run Organizing Committee is delighted to be able to share that success with our local non-profit organizations through this Canal Run Gives Back.

Organizations and/or projects must be local with a 501c3 non-profit status (if applicable), ensure that the donated money will stay in the community, and demonstrate that the majority of the donation will be used for projects, not promotion of the organization.

Deadline for applications are one month following the annual Canal Run (August 19 this year), to allow time for the Donations Committee to process the applications. The committee will accept applications any time before this deadline.

CLICK HERE to download the application form and learn more about the program.
June 13, 2014
2014 Canal Run shirts available for size testing

Not sure what size Canal Run shirt to order? Stop by any of the following locations to try on different sizes so you are guaranteed the right fit.

- North Wind Bookstore at Finlandia University - CLICK HERE
- Portage Health Fitness Center - CLICK HERE
- FirstMerit Bank in Houghton - CLICK HERE
- Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods Market & Deli - CLICK HERE
- Superior Graphics - CLICK HERE

The shirts seem to be more true to size this year than other years. Remember, the first registration price bump is next week!
May 14, 2014
Keweenaw Co-op finalizes 2014 pasta dinner menu

An annual tradition of delicious food the night before the Canal Run will continue in 2014 with the Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods Market & Deli once again providing a full meal for runners.

The dinner has a healthy selection of food that is specially made to prepare you for a great event. The dinner is Friday, July 18th from 4 to 8 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. This year's menu can be found below.

spaghetti
-- w/ Italian sausage marinara
-- w/ tomato basil sauce and roasted vegetables
(gluten-free pasta will be available)

garlic bread

salad and fruit bar
-- spring mix and baby spinach
-- crudites and home made dressings
-- fresh Greek salad (feta, peppers, olives)
-- Moroccan carrot salad
-- strawberries, grapes, honeydew melon

carrot cake
banana pudding

Just as a reminder, all of this will be made from scratch!
January 14, 2014
Registration open for 2014 Canal Run

Registration for the 2014 Canal Run is now open! CLICK HERE and fill out the form to be among the first to reserve their spot in the Upper Peninsula's most popular fitness event.

The race is set for July 19, 2014, and will include the same course as previous years. It's once again sponsored by a partnership between Finlandia University, Portage Health and FirstMerit Bank.

In 2013 the Canal Run approached 1,000 participants between the five events, and this year all five events will be back. That includes the second running of the half marathon, the signature 10-mile run, the 10-mile walk, the five-mile walk and the five-mile run, which will include a wave start.

"The five-mile run continues to be a popular event for our participants, and this year we are able to add a wave start based on expected pace," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "A big thank you to those who suggested we add this feature, and Superior Timing for helping us with the logistics."

The half marathon attracted many elite runners in its inaugural year, including Tracey Lokken of Marquette, who completed the course in 1 hour, 11 minutes and 44 seconds.

"It's a really nice course," Lokken said after completing the race last July. "I've always enjoyed the 10-mile race, and the extra three miles were a nice addition to this scenic course."

For any questions about the 39th annual Canal Run, CLICK HERE and check out the Canal Run's race guide.
September 24, 2013
Canal Run donates $2,000 back to community

The Canal Run is proud to announce it is donating $2,000 to community non-profit organizations after a record-breaking year of participation.

Superior Search and Rescue, 31 Backpacks, Hancock Fire Department and Copper Harbor Trails Club are each receiving $500.

"All four of these organizations do great things for our community," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "We're extremely happy that we'll be able to help them with a donation."

This is the second time in three years that the Canal Run has been able to donate money back to the community. In 2011, $500 donations were made to the Ryan Street Community Garden, Baraga County Shelter Home, Friends of the Porkies, Goodwill Farm Association and Omega House. This brings the total donations from the Canal Run to $4,500 since 2011.

The Canal Run is organized by a group of volunteers representing Portage Health, Finlandia University, FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizen's Bank) and several other local businesses.

Each organization donates volunteers and resources to make this race possible, and affordable to participants. In comparison to similar-sized regional races, the participant fees are exceptionally low. The Canal Run has no paid staff.

The next Canal Run is scheduled for July 19, 2014. Registration will open at HancockCanalRun.com in late winter or early spring.

About the organizations the Canal Run is donating to:

Superior Search and Rescue - CLICK HERE
Superior Search and Rescue is a ground-based, volunteer organization assisting law enforcement agencies in finding missing persons. The group provides their radio services at many local events, including the Canal Run.

31 Backpacks - CLICK HERE
31 Backpacks works with local school districts to send home backpacks full of food every Friday for students who have been identified by administrators and teachers as being in need.

Hancock Fire Department
The Hancock Fire Department has been a longtime supporter of the Canal Run by providing volunteers. The department provides protection for the city of Hancock, and helps support other local fire departments as well.

Copper Harbor Trails Club - CLICK HERE
The Copper Harbor Trails club works hard to build new trails, host world-class events and maintain the Copper Harbor Trails, which they tout as being some of the best trails in the world.

Click the link below for a Canal Run Gives Back Application Form:

Click Here for more information in PDF Format

July 26, 2013
Free photo downloads from 2013 Canal Run now available

After a record-breaking year and thousands of photos to sort through, brockit, inc. has uploaded hundreds of photos from the 38th annual Canal Run to their website.

"It's our pleasure to shoot this race, and this year's weather was perfect," lead photog and owner Adam Johnson said. "Congrats to everyone, not only for being much more athletic than we are, but for managing to be photogenic mid-race - a hard feat! Our arrangement with the race org. allows us to distribute images at no cost to participants which is highly atypical - kudos to the Canal Run committee, and take advantage by sharing with your family and friends."

The photos are free to download and share on your favorite social networking website. The downloads are low-resolution images that are meant for the Internet and smart phones. If you're looking for a high-resolution image, brockit has all of the photos for sale on their website. These can be purchased as a download or as a print.

The photos are available on by going to the brockit website, CLICK HERE Dozens of them will also be uploaded to the Canal Run Facebook page, CLICK HERE to see those photos.
July 23, 2013
39th annual Canal Run set for July 19, 2014

After five consecutive years of setting new participation records, the 2014 Canal Run might be the most anticipated in history. Confirmed today in a post-race meeting, the 2014 Canal Run is scheduled for July 19, 2014. This will be the 39th annual Canal Run, dating back to 1978.

"The response we received this year was unprecedented," Race Director Angela Luskin said. "We were ecstatic to see so many racers, and it seemed like everyone had a great experience."

The Canal Run introduced a half marathon in 2013. With 133 people registered in the race, it's clear the race will be back again next year.

"One of our biggest goals with the half marathon was to bring more runners in from outside the Keweenaw," Luskin said. "This year we doubled our total of runners from other areas of Michigan's Upper Peninsula."

There were still strong numbers in the traditional Canal Run highlight, the 10-mile run, which had 144 people registered. The biggest surge in popularity was the five-mile run, which featured 267 people.

"When Portage Health first became involved with this event in 2008, there were only 262 people total," Luskin said. "It's incredible to see today where just one event has more people in it than the entire thing in 2008. With the help of Finlandia University, our other community sponsors and the continued support of FirstMerit Bank, we've more than tripled the total participants."

Registration for the 2014 race will open in early 2014. If you participated in the 2013 event, please fill out our post-race survey to help us improve the race for next year. CLICK HERE to fill out the survey.
July 20, 2013
Lokken wins half marathon debut, results in from Superior Timing

Tracey Lokken was the leader of the pack as he won his third Canal Run. Lokken ran a blistering time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 44 seconds in the new half marathon. It's Lokken's third time finishing first overall, with the first two coming in the 10-mile race.

"It's really a nice course," Lokken said. "I've always enjoyed the 10-mile race, and the extra three miles were a nice addition to this scenic course."

In the women's half marathon is was Amy Aldrich who took home the first overall claim. Aldrich finished with a time of 1:32:20.

Amy Janeshek was the 10-mile run winner with a time of 1:05:31. Jonathan Kilpela won the men's side of the race with a time of 53:30. The duo also finished No. 1 and No. 2 in 2012. It's the third time Kipela has won the race, while Janeshek has now won the 10-mile race six straight years.

Marissa Yovetich won the five-mile run with a time of 33:55, Dollar Bay's Tim Dunstan won the men's race with a time of 29:14.

Sandy Houle kept a 12 minute, 14 second pace en route to being the top female finisher in the 10-mile walk (2:02:25), while Timothy Bennett of L'Anse was the top male finisher at 1:52:20.

In the five-mile walk Jacqueline Mishica of Hancock led the females with a time of 59:29. Blake Hamar of Buena Park, California was the top male finisher, coming in at at time of 55:15.

Our race count for this year ended up being 802! Thanks to all those volunteers who make this possible and all the good people who made it out today!

ALL RESULTS

Half Marathon Results - CLICK HERE

10-Mile Run Results - CLICK HERE

5-Mile Run Results - CLICK HERE

10-Mile Walk Results - CLICK HERE

5-Mile Walk Results - CLICK HERE
July 19, 2013
Festivities start today, full weekend schedule below!

The big day is tomorrow, but festivities get started tonight! Below is a schedule that should get you through the weekend:

Friday, July 19
3 - 8 p.m. - Last-minute registration and race information/bib pickup at Finlandia Hall in downtown Hancock.
4 - 7:30 p.m. - Pre-Race Pasta Dinner by the Keweenaw Co-op. The meal is $10, a full menu is available, CLICK HERE
5:30 p.m. - Canal Kid's Dash at Finlandia Hall. This is the second annual youth run. It is free, and all participants receive a medal.

Saturday, July 20
6 - 8:15 a.m. - Free shuttle service to start lines from FirstMerit Bank
6 - 8 a.m. - Chip pick-up at the finish line
7:15 a.m. - 10-mile walk starts at McLain State Park
7:30 a.m. - Half marathon starts at Koskela Road
8:00 a.m. - 10-mile run starts at McLain State Park
8:30 a.m. - Five-mile walk starts at High Point Road
8:45 a.m. - Five-mile run starts at High Point Road
10:30 a.m. - Approximate Time of Award Ceremony Start
Canal Weekend activities (volleyball, soccer, swimming, etc.) begin at Hancock waterfront near Porvoo Park after the award's ceremony. These will continue on Sunday morning. Call (906) 482-2422 and ask for Mary for more information.
July 18, 2013
Canal Run 2013: Sunny and 65

Looking at the forecast on Saturday you'll see something that Joe Nichols couldn't have written any better ... Sunny and 65. That'll be right here in Hancock!

After two years of blazing hot weather, the 2013 Canal Run looks to be blessed with the best running weather one could ask for.

As of Thursday afternoon, it appears race-start weather will be in the mid-to-high 50s. There is a 0 percent chance of precipitation, and an ever-so-slight northwest breeze. By the time the awards get going at 10:30, the sun should be shining with temperatures reaching as high as 60, and 65 by the end of the day.

It doesn't get much better than that. We'll see YOU Saturday!

Remember, Thursday is the last day to register for the 2013 Canal Run online at HancockCanalRun.com and Friday is the last day to register with in-person registration open from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Finlandia Hall.
July 17, 2013
Race finish to be broadcasted on Mix 93 FM

Do you have friends and family that aren't able to make it out to the race Saturday? Don't fret! They can still experience the race by simply turning on their radio! Have them tune their FM radio to 93.5. The broadcast is even available to your friends around the world on the World Wide Web at TheMix93.com.

"We're so happy to once again be partnering with Mix 93 for the Canal Run," said Angela Luskin, race director. "Not only will the results be immediately available on the radio with Mitch Lake live at the finish line, but Mary Ann Shultz will be announcing each finisher as they cross the line Saturday morning."

It's a great combination, and something that racers have grown to appreciate. In fact, when asked what his favorite part of the race is, long-time racer Chris Sochay mentioned the Mix 93 contribution.

"The pre-race dinner with the music and raffles, the beautiful course, hearing your name announced as you finish," he posted on Canal Run's Facebook page.

Make sure to tune in that morning and keep up with all the happenings at the 38th annual Canal Run!
July 16, 2013
Sponsors make the 2013 Canal Run a possibility

When a race has made it almost four decades, you know it has the support it needs. That support comes in two ways: Those that make it happen, and those who come back year after year to enjoy it. For the Canal Run, the vast majority of those that make it happen come from our sponsors.

That includes major sponsors Portage Health, Finlandia University and FirstMerit Bank (formerly Citizens Bank). Each of these organizations has agreed to have representation on the Canal Run's organizing committee, and produce at least 12 volunteers on race day. They also offer up financial backing for various aspects of the race.

Aside form the major sponsors, the Canal Run is also made possible by Hancock Bottling, Pat's Foods and Festival Foods, opusWeb.com, Rukkila|Negro and Associates, and the Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods Market & Deli, which puts on the wonderful spread Friday night at the pre-race pasta dinner.

The race also receives a lot of support from the City of Hancock Police and Public Works, Houghton County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police.

All of that support comes together in the form of a great event that hundreds of people enjoy each and every year. Thank you to those of you who make it out year after year.

Also, a shout out to the local businesses that donated raffle prizes for the pre-race pasta dinner: Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods Market & Deli, Portage Health Fitness Center, FirstMerit Bank, Down Wind Sports, 5th & Elm Coffeehouse, The Bike Shop, Cafe Rosetta, Habanero's Fresh Mexican Canteen, Keweenaw Brewing Company, The Library Restaurant, The Einerlei, Rodeo Mexican Kitchen and The Kaleva.
July 15, 2013
Brockit Photography back for 2013

Have you seen the killer photography we've had in the past few years courtesy of Brockit, inc.? Well we're happy to announce the area's photography experts are back for another Canal Run!

They're not just back, they're back with free photo downloads for all participants once again! This was so popular in 2012, that it was a no-brainer to bring it back for 2013.

"We love being out at the Canal Run," said Adam Johnson, lead photog with Brockit. "It's a high-energy event that we end up with great photos from each and every year."

The downloadable photos won't be large enough to print, but Johnson said he will have them available for purchase in any size on brockit's website.

Brockit, inc. is the area's leading commercial photo company. The Hancock-based company shoots high-end glam weddings, sporting events, family and senior shoots, and donates their time to local non-profit organizations.

The 2013 Portage Health Canal Run is set for July 20 with a brand new half marathon. See the full schedule and register online at hancockcanalrun.com.
July 9, 2013
Registration coming in at record pace!

Registration for the 2013 Canal Run is going well. Really, really well. In fact, historically speaking, it's going better than it has ever gone.

Check out these statistics
-- Currently 393 people are registered to run or walk in the 2013 Canal Run.

-- At this point last year (11 days prior to the race), the Canal Run had 205 registered. We're at just about double that this year.

-- Last year the Canal Run set a new record with 642 people, we're already at about 60 percent of that.

-- If the pace matches last year, we'll be well over 1,000 on race day.

-- Historically more than 50 percent of the registrations come during the week of the race.

-- Already there are more people registered for the 2013 Canal Run than there were for any year prior to 2009.

-- About 20 percent of our early registrations are for our new half marathon.

"The Canal Run organizational committee is really excited about the pace of registration," said Angela Luskin, race director. "We're just 11 days out, and we cannot wait to be out there for what will likely be the biggest running race Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula has ever seen."

The race's popularity has grown significantly, from 262 in 2008, 349 in 2009, 537 in 2010, 563 in 2011 and last year's record number of 642. What about the race makes you come back year after year? Share your reason with us on Facebook or Twitter, and you could win free sunglasses!

Registration remains open for the 2013 Canal Run, including five events: five-mile walk, five-mile run, 10-mile walk, 10-mile run and a half marathon. Save 30 percent on your registration fee if you register this week as fees increase Saturday. Register online at CLICK HERE

July 11 Update: We now have more than 500 people registered!
July 2, 2013
Volunteers needed for the 2013 Canal Run

Every year the Canal Run needs about 100 volunteers to make the event into the excellent one it has become. This year is no different, and so far the Canal Run is a little less than halfway there. The July 20 event is coming up quick, and the Canal Run needs your help. Volunteers are needed for registration, de-chipping participants at the finish line, helping with race logistics, cleaning up after the race and at the water stops.

"We're so grateful to have a great base of volunteers year in and year out," said volunteer coordinator Jacob Olli from FirstMerit Bank. "These people have a ton of fun, and make our race the premier event it is."

Volunteers will receive a free Canal Run t-shirt for helping out. Teams and organizations are welcome to volunteer together for an even better experience. Most volunteers end up coming back year after year because the experience is awesome.

Racers are welcomed to get involved as well. Volunteers are needed Friday night for registration, and to help out at the Canal Kid's Dash.

If you can help, please visit the volunteer page on the Canal Run website (www. hancockcanalrun.com/volunteer.php), and fill out the form.
July 1, 2013
Pre-race pasta dinner menu announced

One of our favorite traditions at the Canal Run has become the scrumptious pre-race pasta dinner put on by the good folks at Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods Market & Deli. The healthy food store in Hancock is proud to announce their 2013 menu, which is highlighted by four pasta options, and a fresh fruit and salad bar.

"We know racers need to get their carbs before the big race day," said Faye Carr, the communications coordinator at the co-op and a member of the Canal Run's organizing committee. "Our chefs will have some great options for racers with all kinds of different tastes."

Pasta options include meat and meat-free baked tomato basil penne, spinach ricotta lasagna, variations of gluten-free baked pasta dishes, and a baked mac and cheese for the youth in attendance. There will also be organic fair trade coffee, fresh fruit and salad bar, iced tea, milk, roasted vegetables, garlic bread, rice pudding, and carrot cake.

The pre-race pasta dinner is on Friday, July 19, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Finlandia Hall on the campus of Finlandia University. Dinner includes live music from "The Board" featuring Melissa Davis, and a raffle featuring great prizes courtesy of local merchants. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-to-12 years old, and free for children under 6.

On-site registration and race packet pickup will begin at 3 p.m. at the same site, also going until 8 p.m. Outside of Finlandia Hall will be the free Canal Kid's Dash, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Keep checking HancockCanalRun.com for the latest 2013 Canal Run updates!
May 30, 2013
Canal Run now part of Michigan FITness Series

The Canal Run has recently received an endorsement from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, making the 38th annual race in Hancock, Mich. a partner with the Pure Michigan FITness Series.

"(The Canal Run) has been reviewed for the physical activity content and has been endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and is now part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series," a letter from the council said.

This enables all participants that are 18 years of age and older to register for the 2014 Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run lottery, and acknowledges the Canal Run's mission to keep Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula community active and healthy. The Canal Run is the only event in the Western Upper Peninsula to receive this endorsement.

"We're proud to be working with the council to help 'Get Michigan on its feet,'" said Angela Luskin, race director. "The race has seen incredible growth over the past five years, and that is something we think will have a long-term benefit to the health of our community."

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. Registration is now open!
May 20, 2013
Canal Run Announces a Redesigned Web Site

The Portage Health Canal Run is proud to announce it has a new home on the web with a completely revamped and modernized look and feel courtesy of Hancock-based web development firm opusWeb.com.

"OpusWeb.com has been a vital partner of ours for more than a half decade, and we are excited to continue this partnership with our great new website," said Angela Luskin, race director.

The new website features a wider content block, revamped menu organization and, most importantly, an integrated registration process courtesy of our new race registration partner EventBrite.

"It has been enjoyable working with the Portage Health Canal Run over the years," said Jeffery Primeau, opusWeb.com co-founder & director of marketing/business communications. "The combination of their requests for the site and our insight from a Web perspective really have provided for a nice partnership over the years."

The 38th annual Canal Run is on July 20, 2013. The event features five races, a five-mile walk, five-mile run, 10-mile walk, 10-mile run and, new for 2013, a half marathon run. The event is made possible because of major sponsors FirstMerit Bank, Finlandia University and Portage Health.
April 1, 2013
Registration is now open for the 2013 Portage Health Canal Run

On-line registration for the 2013 Portage Health Canal Run is now open with a new registration partner, Eventbrite.com!

The Portage Health Canal Run will include a five-mile race, 10-mile race and a half marathon (13.1 miles). There are also walking categories in the 10- and 5-mile races. The Canal Run is also one of the only ones in the region to offer a 10-mile wheelchair race.
CLICK HERE to register online today!
March 27, 2013
Half marathon added for 2013 Canal Run

The Portage Health Canal Run is proud to announce the addition of a half marathon for the 38th annual event on July 20, 2013.

"Our race has grown by leaps and bounds over the past five years," said Angela Luskin, race director and community health coordinator at Portage Health. "We're continuing to move forward as a race, and we've heard from many participants that a half marathon is a positive step for our race."

The half-marathon course will begin on Koskela Road in Calumet Township, and merge onto M-203 to follow the same course as the other races. The half marathon will be open only to runners in 2013.

Along with the new half marathon, the Canal Run will continue with five- and 10-mile walking and running events. The 10-mile races will begin at McLain State Park and five-mile races at High Point Road. The downtown Hancock finish will once again be in front of the Quincy Green on the 400 block of Quincy Street.
March 19, 2013
2013 Portage Health Canal Run information

The 2013 Portage Health Canal Run will be held on Saturday, July 20.

Registration will be up on our website soon (follow our Facebook page or Twitter page to get the latest updates about registration). Participants can expect all of the usual things they love about Canal Run, plus one big announcement, which we should have on our website soon!

Many compliments to opusWeb.com, who has continued to be our website sponsor. We expect to have a revamped website up sometime in May. Also, a special thanks to Finlandia University, Citizens Bank and Portage Health for continuing to be major sponsors of the event. We're also proud to say that we'll once again be hosting the pre-race spaghetti dinner in conjunction with the Keweenaw Co-op!

In the meantime, CLICK HERE to check out photos from the 2012 Canal Run!

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β€’  UP Health System
β€’  Finlandia University
β€’  FirstMerit Bank
β€’  Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
β€’  Brockit, Inc.
β€’  City of Hancock Police and Public Works
β€’  Hancock Bottling
β€’  Houghton County Sheriff Department
β€’  Michigan Fitness Foundation
β€’  Michigan State Police
β€’  opusWeb.com
β€’  Organic Valley
β€’  Pat’s Foods and Festival Foods
β€’  Superior Graphics
β€’  Superior Search and Rescue
β€’  Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club
β€’  WLUC TV6 and Fox U.P.

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