HANCOCK – While the 36th annual Canal Run is coming up quickly, it’s not too late to register.
The event, which begins either five or 10 miles down Highway M-203 on the Hancock waterfront and finishes in downtown Hancock, will accept registration until Friday at 8 p.m.
“Last year we had more than half of our registrations come in during the final week,” said Angela Luskin, who’s organizing the event. “While we will accept them all week, the earlier we get the registration the better as we’ll be able to plan accordingly for Saturday morning.”
Registration is available on active.com until Thursday at noon, by stopping at Portage Health – Houghton until Friday afternoon or at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The events will kick off Friday night with the traditional pre-race dinner, which is sponsored by the Keweenaw Co-op. Tickets are $10 and include an all-you-can eat meal with fresh vegetables, pasta and a salad bar.
“The pre-race dinner has become just about as much of a tradition as the race,” said Luskin.
The race has an array of start times for each of the four categories (10-mile walk, 10-mile run, 5-mile walk, 5-mile race) starting as early as 7 a.m. for the 10-mile walk and as late as 8:20 for the five-mile walk.
Participants will receive a Canal Run t-shirt and canvas bag, and be invited to join in the awards ceremony near the finish line.
“This event is a lot of fun for those who participate,” said Luskin. “If you’ve never come out before make sure and do it this year because we’re expecting quite a crowd.”
Aside from the race, there will be other activities taking place in Hancock including a tennis tournament, volleyball tournaments, kayak regatta, live music, a fishing expo and a soccer tournament.
"With early weather reports looking promising and the number of participants growing each of the last several years (536 last year), it should be a great weekend," Luskin said.
Visit hancockcanalrun.com for more information, to register or to volunteer.