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Canalway Challenge Kicks Off Along New York’s Canals

May 3, 2022

- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor invites New Yorkers to take part in the Canalway Challenge in 2022 to trace history and track miles on the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail. The free program invites participants to choose a personal mileage goal and then walk, run, cycle, or paddle to achieve it and receive recognition.

The Canalway Challenge is open to people of all fitness levels and offers a range of mileage options, including 1 mile for people with mobility challenges, 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles. People can complete the Challenge in one big trip or many small ones.

"The Canalway Challenge is a fun way for people to enjoy the incredible history and beauty along the waterway that transformed New York State and the nation. It's also a great way to stay healthy, active, and motivated to achieve a fitness goal," said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

The Canalway Challenge offers trip planning ideas, event suggestions, and information about sites to visit while completing miles. A dedicated Facebook group provides a forum for participants to share their experiences.

Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, “We are once again thrilled to support the Canalway Challenge – a fun and unique way for people of all ages and experience levels to explore New York State's Canals and adjoining trails. This annual program is an excellent opportunity to showcase the multi-use canal and trailways while encouraging exploration and recreation, and we look forward to welcoming all New Yorkers, from first-timers to seasoned adventurers, to take part in this year's Canalway Challenge."

Registration is open to individuals and teams. This year's Challenge runs through the end of October. Sign up at

Nearly 200 years after its construction, the Erie Canal remains an iconic symbol of American ingenuity and determination. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves our extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway. We achieve our mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York.


Photo (Paddlers on the Erie Canal): The Canalway Challenge is on! New Yorkers are invited to sign up, choose a mileage goal, and explore the canals that transformed America.

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Ashley Quimby-Simoni
Program Manager
Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
P.O. Box 219, Waterford, NY 12188
585-406-0388 (cell)