1st Place, 1st Run: Michigan Tech runner wins 42nd Canal Run

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette Two racers look like they’re having fun sprinting for the finish line.

HANCOCK — Matthew Pahl has been running seriously since sixth grade, and he’s won a few road races, but none as big as the Canal Run Saturday, in which he took first place overall.

Pahl, who is from Canton, Michigan, ran the 10-mile race and finished with a time of 55 minutes, 46.3 seconds.

A student at Michigan Technological University, Pahl said this was his first time for the Canal Run. He decided to run the race after friends told him it was a good race.

“I wanted to do it last year, but I wasn’t here for the summer,” he said.

He also is a member of the Tech track team, Pahl said.

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette Matthew Pahl of Canton, Michigan, left, receives a plaque for finishing first overall and first in the 10-mile race.

Pahl said he very much enjoyed the race course, which starts on M-203 north of Hancock.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said.

However, the last mile, part of which is uphill on Hancock Street, was a challenge.

“That last mile just kills you,” he said.

Race Director Angela Luskin of UP Health System-Portage hospital, said this year there were 852 adult participants, and more than 100 taking part in the children’s events, which is the most ever for the event, which concluded its 42nd year.

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette A large crowd gathered at Quincy Green in Hancock Saturday for the conclusion of the 42nd Canal Run.

Luskin said the competitors, volunteers who help with the race, and the fact so many people come out to see it have made it successful, and the race will continue into the future.

“The community spirit is tremendous,” she said.