Canal Run

Sat July 18, 2020 Hancock, MI US 49930 Directions

Current EAS Status: Red

The Canal Run’s organizing committee is committed to conducting a safe event for our participants. We’ve been doing this for more than four decades, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not letting that commitment to safety waiver. 

For the first time since our Event Alert System (EAS) was introduced, we are currently at alert level red, which means we’re on high alert. More information on the EAS can be found below. 

Over the coming weeks, we will be surveying the landscape to decide if the event will happen in 2020. Given the planning needed, we can confidently say it will be a scaled-down event if it does happen. 

Below are some tidbits about what you need to know. 

  • Three members of the Canal Run’s organizing committee are also part of the Houghton County Emergency Operations Center, meaning they have a pulse on what is happening during this time in our community. Learn more by visiting
  • Registration remains open, and we have extended early-bird pricing through July 16. 
  • Anyone currently registered is able to move their registration to the 2021 event with no questions asked. Email and let us know.
  • We can’t predict the future, but we can still try to plan the best Canal Run under whatever circumstances we are in at the time. Our committee is currently weighing options including hosting a virtual event, holding the event on July 18 with social distancing practices in place or moving the event to September 12. We hope to have a decision made by June 12.

In the meantime, those of you out training are reminded to follow social distancing guidelines at all times during training. 

Canal Run’s Event Alert System

The Event Alert System (EAS) communicates the status of course conditions to participants leading up to and on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions. All participants should familiarize themselves with the Event Alert System prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials and announcers and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather conditions on race day. EAS Levels during race week will inform participants of the current event status and provide preparation tips based on advance weather forecasts or other factors.

  • Current EAS Level — Red, High Alert. 

If you have any questions, please contact us

Phone: (906) 483-1153
Canal Run
921 W. Sharon Ave.
Houghton, MI 49931

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