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Registration open for 2012 Portage Health Canal Run

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HANCOCK – Race day is set and registration is open for the 37th annual Portage Health Canal Run in Hancock, Mich. The run is set for July 21 with a start at McLain’s State Park and finish in downtown Hancock between Citizen’s Bank and Finlandia University.

CanalRun2011“This race has a long reputation of being an excellent experience for runners and walkers of all levels,” said Angela Luskin, race director. “Already we have people registered from Germany, Kentucky, Minnesota and Illinois.”

The race has grown to more than 500 participants between four different races: a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk, 10-mile run and 10-mile walk.

“We get everyone from veteran Boston Marathon runners to first-time walkers,” said Luskin. “Our USATF-certified race course is picturesque, uniquely challenging and a lot of fun.”

Registration can be done by either printing a PDF found on the website and mailing it in to the address provided or on-line at

The price for all races is once again $25 if done by July 14, and $35.00 after July 14. All participants will receive a bamboo 2012 Portage Health Canal Run t-shirt, Finlandia University clothing bag, a free shuttle to the starting location before the race, on-site medical attention, including five aid stations, and snacks at the finish line.

On Friday, July 20 participants and the community are invited to a pre-race pasta dinner at Finlandia Hall. The pasta dinner is all-you-can-eat for $10 and includes a variety of different foods prepared by the Keweenaw Co-op Natural Food Market and Deli. Also at the hall will be bib pickup and children’s events.

Upper Peninsula Road Runner Club members receive $2 off their fee, and team discounts are available. Visit for all the details, and watch for updates about the race on Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter!

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