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Join us for the 49th annual Canal Run, the premier running event in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, on Saturday, July 20, 2024! Following the rolling hills along the Portage Lake Shipping Canal, the Canal Run offers four distances for runners and walkers of all levels, including a half marathon, 10-mile run, 10-mile walk, five-mile run, five-mile walk and two-mile fun run/walk.
Official events include:
Half Marathon Wheelchair Race
Bob Olson 10 Mile Run
5 Mile Run
5 Mile Blade Run (Single and/or Double Amputee Race)
10 Mile Walk
5 Mile Walk
2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
The Canal Run is self-sustaining, bringing in enough money in registration fees and sponsorships to cover all the costs. Since 2011, the organizing committee has been able to donate over $25,000 to area non-profit organizations as part of its Canal Run Gives Back program.
400 Quincy St
Hancock, MI US 49930
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race,
please contact the race director
How to Register
There are four ways to register for the Canal Run. Please choose the one that is easiest for you.
Download our registration form (see PDF below), fill it out and mail it to us at 921 W. Sharon Ave.; Houghton, MI 49931. Checks can be made out to “Canal Run.”
Contact us, and we will mail you a registration form.
We will have last-minute registration Friday, July 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of Quincy Green, which is located at 435 Quincy Street. We highly suggest registering ahead of time, though. This will save you money. In order to receive a shirt on race day (versus 3 weeks after the event), you must register by June 1. There is no race day registration!
Prices jump on January 1, April 1, July 13 and July 19. We suggest registering as early as you can to make sure you save money!
We offer no refunds.
Veterans and Active Military receive $2 off their registration fee. Enter coupon code - Veteran
U.P. Road Runners Club members receive $2 off their registration fee. Enter coupon code - UPRRC
Online registration closes Thursday of race week at midnight.
Register by June 1 to ensure your t-shirt size will be available to you race weekend.
Age Requirements: At least 16-years-old to compete in the half marathon, 13 to compete in the 10-mile-run and all of those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the five-mile run and two-mile fun run. There are no age requirements for walking events.
5 or more participants in any of the races = $3 off each entry fee.
10 or more participants in any of the races = $5 off each entry fee.
All team entry forms must be submitted together and mailed in OR filled out online through the team option on our online registration.
Having difficulties registering a team online? Contact us to help!
What Do I Get for Registering?
The Canal Run is the premier running and walking event in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. We pride ourselves in offering a great race to our participants, including:
Chip-timed racing through Superior Timing
A commemorative Canal Run t-shirt
Water stations throughout the course
A medical station at the finish line with medical personnel
Unique awards and medals for half marathon finishers, overall and age group winners
Free downloadable photos from the race courtesy of Brockit Photography
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.
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