July 15, 2017




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.

Bob Olson founded the run in 1975. Olson was an avid runner, and owned WMPL radio at the time. For several years he ran the event with his family and a couple volunteers. The well-ran race continued to grow, and after a few years Olson contacted Ken Seaton, president of D&N Bank, which signed on to sponsor and support the event.

With the support of D&N Bank, which is now FirstMerit Bank, the race continued to grow. In the early 2000s Portage Health (2007) and Finlandia University (2010) signed on to help the event, which has grown to more than 500 racers a year.

In 2009 the race was expanded to include a five-mile option. In 2013 a half marathon has been added. The five- and 10-mile courses are both USATF certified for 2013.

Each of the sponsoring organizations commits to have employees volunteer. It takes more than 150 volunteers to make this event possible.

The race is self sustaining, bringing in enough money in registration fees and sponsorships to cover all the costs. Since 2011, the organizing committee was able to donate more than $7,000 to area non-profit organizations.

Do you have more information on the race's history? E-mail us the information you have at info@hancockcanalrun.com, if you have old photos, video or memorabilia, we'll add it to our website!


November 1, 2016
Registration for 2017 Canal Run now open
July 8, 2016
Race Radio Communications During Canal Run
July 7, 2016
Final Canal Run 2016 registration price jump is Saturday
June 30, 2016
Canal Run Team Spotlight: OHM Advisors
  UP Health System
  Finlandia University
  FirstMerit Bank
  Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
  Brockit, Inc.
  City of Hancock Police and Public Works
  Hancock Bottling
  Houghton County Sheriff Department
  Michigan Fitness Foundation
  Michigan State Police
  Organic Valley
  Pat’s Foods and Festival Foods
  Superior Graphics
  Superior Search and Rescue
  Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club
  WLUC TV6 and Fox U.P.

  Hancock Canal Run | Contact Information
906.483.1153 or send e-mail to: info@HancockCanalRun.com