The Canal Run has a new home for registration, race expo, and pasta dinner – the Finnish American Heritage Center! This beautiful and historic landmark on Quincy Street in Hancock will host all activities Friday.
“Racers will quickly come to appreciate our new Friday headquarters for Canal Run weekend,” Race Director Angela Luskin said. “The new location will be easier to find as it is only about 200 feet from our finish line, it offers more space and it is a key move for us as we look to enhance the racer experience on Friday night.”
In the new location, the Canal Run committee has invited vendors to create more of an expo feel than in previous years. Chef Mark and Finlandia Dining Services will once again be hosting the pasta dinner Friday night. Tickets are available to purchase while registering for the race or by simply stopping by the heritage center that night. The Finnish American Heritage Center is also more centrally located for those looking to participate in the Key Ingredients event that features live music and food at many spots throughout Downtown Hancock.
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. Registration is now open for the 2017 race, which is on July 15, 2017.
About the Finnish American Heritage Center
Since its grand opening in 1990, Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center has become a community focal point and a national center, offering a multitude of exhibits, lectures, plays, musical programs and community events each year. The building is a popular stop for tourists. Finnish immigrants dreamed of an institution that would provide religious education, perpetuate the Finnish language and preserve their experience in North America. Suomi College (now Finlandia University) built in 1896, is the realization of that dream, and the only remaining North American institution of higher learning founded by Finnish Americans.