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The Canalway Challenge Results Are In!

Dec 15, 2023

The following information is taken from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor December newsletter. For more information, please visit

The Canalway Challenge celebrated its fifth year in 2023, with participants from 30 US states and Canada topping 1.6 million miles walked, run, cycled, and paddled to date.

That translates into a lot of fitness, fun, and exploration on the Canalway Trail and waterway, as well as an estimated $4 million in economic impact over the last five years. 

2023 Results Achieved

  • 248,308 Miles logged
  • 1,754 Challenges created
  • 30 States Represented
  • 61% visited multiple regions
  • 13 average days to complete
  • 27% finishers from outside New York

Behind the Numbers

This was a year of many successes and personal triumphs, and we are grateful for the stories you shared at the finish line. Great recreation, learning canal history, and visiting canal towns and villages were frequently sited highlights of the Challenge. But the highpoint for many in 2023 was the people. Canal town residents, tour guides, volunteers, and fellow cyclists, walkers, and kayakers all made an impression.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor