The 43rd annual Canal Run is less than a day away, and many of the weekend’s best moments are a mere hours from getting underway. Below are a list of the most important things you need to know heading into an amazing weekend. As always, check out our Race Guide for any questions you might have.
1. This year the finish line is at McLain State Park
Due to flooding that took place in our area in June, we had to move the finish line to McLain State Park. That means the half marathon and 10-mile events will be out-and-back with a turnaround near High Point Road. Read all the details of what this means.
2. You can still register
Registration will be available from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Stop in and register for any of our events!
3. There will be no parking at McLain – plan on parking at First Apostolic Lutheran Church
All participants, spectators and most volunteers need to park at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church (23860 M-203, Calumet). There will be eight buses going back and forth between there, the start lines (until the race has started) and the finish line constantly. It’s estimated that no one will have to wait more than 10 minutes to leave from McLain State Park when they are ready to go back to their car. There is no exact schedule, but there are enough buses where we don’t anticipate anyone will need to wait long.
4. Bob Olson in all of our hearts this year
The entire Copper Country was saddened to hear about the loss of Canal Run founder Bob Olson this spring. This year we’re introducing a new scholarship in his name (more details on that to be posted following race week) and renaming our signature event, the 10-mile run, in his memory.
5. Our Giving Back program donating to flood recovery efforts
There’s no greater need in our community right now than to help those who were affected by the flooding on June 17. This year’s Canal Run Gives Back program donations will be made to Portage Health Foundation in support of their Flooded With Love campaign. You can donate to them at http://www.phfgive.org.
6. The Racer Expo is back for a second year with new vendors!
This year’s Racer Expo will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. In addition to picking up race packets with bibs, race guide, t-shirts and more, racers can enjoy a pasta dinner put on by Gino’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge and visit with vendors. Vendors this year include Portage Health Foundation, who will be taking donations for flood relief and have a rep available to answer questions about how people can get help.
7. Key Ingredients celebrates fifth year with key improvements
A classic car show. A new main stage on Quincy Green. More food vendors than before. This year’s Key Ingredients is going to be amazing.
8. Efforts to improve sustainability of Canal Run could land you a free fitness watch
Who wouldn’t love to win a sweet new Garmin fitness watch? Stop by and meet the Keweenaw Running Group during tonight’s running expo and that’s exactly what could happen, bring a water bottle that you plan on using on the course and you’ll get two entries. It’s one of several initiatives the group has undertaken to help the Canal Run go green. Be sure to bring shoes to donate this year as well!