2017 Canal Run weekend to be especially meaningful for family
Canal Run weekend is one the Carlson family puts faithfully on their calendar to make their annual trip “home.” This year it comes with a special meaning as they remember two family members who passed away recently, including a sure-to-be emotional gathering as they say goodbye to the late Susane Carlson by burying her next to her husband, the late Dennis Carlson.
“It’s been a tough year for us,” said Eric Carlson, the son of the couple. “We’re all kind of getting together to grieve a little bit, but mostly to spend time together and celebrate the lives of my mother and nephew.”
Both his mother and father grew up in the Copper Country in the Boston Location/Calumet area, and much of the Carlson family still calls it home. “We have cousins in the area that we’re happy to keep in touch with, and love to get back to spend time with them while getting back to our Keweenaw roots.”
The Carlsons are able to rally a bit around the excitement and fun of the Canal Run, which the group last had a large presence at the 2013 Canal Run where they wore matching “I only run for pasties” pink or blue shirts designed by Clayton Carlson. That year they featured Eric’s father, who passed away prior to that year’s event, “fishing” for pasties. This year his mother and nephew, Samuel, have been added to the shirts’ design.
Samuel is featured wearing a cape, showcasing his love for superheroes. Samuel passed away from viral myocarditis, and in his memory, the family is working to raise awareness of the disease. Learn more about the disease here, myocarditisfoundation.org.
The family is making the trip north from downstate Michigan and some from Phoenix, Arizona. Be sure to say “hi” to the Carlson crew when you see them along M-203 during this year’s Canal Run!