The Canal Run recently held its annual safety meeting with key personal from City of Hancock Police and Public Works, Houghton Country Sheriff Office, Michigan State Police, MDOT, Negaunee Regional Dispatch, Mercy EMS, Superior Search & Rescue, UPHS Portage Sports Medicine and first responders. With safety being a top priority for the Canal Run, this meeting is crucial for proper event planning and coordination.
“Each year I am beyond amazed by the support of our community, especially those involved in the safety and medical aspects of the race,” Race Director Angela Luskin said. “There was a tremendous amount of expertise in the room, all focusing on one goal – to put on the safest event possible for our community.”
Chris Van Arsdale, Houghton County Emergency Management coordinator, plays an instrumental role in safety planning for the Canal Run. He puts together a detailed safety plan each year to identify possible issues of concern like medical emergencies of racers or volunteers, traffic incidents, weather incidents and injuries, vehicle accessibility to residents along the race course and communication.
Certified Athletic Trainers and medical professionals will provide medical assistance at each water station in addition to two medical tents, one on the course and one at the Finish Line. Mercy EMS will also be on-site. We will continue to have a police presence throughout the course.
Preparation is key and the Canal Run safety committee ensures every detail is covered. We hope that our plans won’t need to be executed, but if they do, we will be prepared thanks to the tremendous support of local agencies and volunteers.