Nadia Finishes Fourth in Canal Run

Kids At the Beach, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Yesterday we went up to Hancock, Michigan to compete in the 35th Annual Canal Run. Hancock is located in the Keweenaw Peninsula, which is the “ear” of the rabbit-shaped Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The peninsula juts out into Lake Superior and is about an 1 & 1/2 hour drive north of Caspian. The canal is a shipping route made through the peninsula to serve the former mining boom towns of Hancock and Houghton. It is a beautiful area and with two universities (Michigan Tech and Finlandia University) a place that we love to visit.

Nadia ran the 5-mile race and finished 4th in her age group with a time of 42 minutes and 46 seconds. She was the 25th woman overall. I ran the 10-mile race, but took the second bus to the starting line. The 5 of us on the bus missed the start. We estimated we left 6 minutes after the start, so my time of 1 hour 22 minutes, would be 1 hour 16 minutes. Despite the 6 minute delay, I finished 13th in my age group and 70th overall with my 1:22 time. I am waiting to see the results to see where I would have finished. Too bad Nadia didn’t get a medal.

It was a beautiful day and we took advantage of the weather and spent the afternoon at the McClain State Park beach. The water in Lake Superior was surprisingly warm and the kids loved it. Above is a video I took with my iPod of the kids having fun.

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