Submitted by Jean Mackay, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Whether exploring New York State for the first time, reconnecting to the water and trail after many years, or accepting a new challenge, 2022 was a year of discovery for participants of the Canalway Challenge. Finishers logged 362,681 miles, the equivalent of cycling, walking, and paddling to the moon and halfway back. They hit the trail in new regions, and connected with friends, family, and even strangers, to discover all they can do along New York’s extraordinary canals. Along the way, participants made more than 25,900 visits to communities, restaurants, museums, and other attractions and generated an estimated economic impact of nearly $1 million.
By the Numbers:
- Since its start in 2019, individuals, teams, and organizations have created nearly 6,000 challenges and finishers have logged 970,000 miles.
- The Challenge has drawn participation from 28 US states and four countries with an average of 22-percent of finishers coming from outside New York.
- More than 65 organization serve as Promotional Partners to help Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor expand its reach and encourage participation.
Get up! Get out! Get active!
You can sign up, set your goal, and log miles for the 2023 Canalway Challenge at any time. If you need an incentive to stay active in winter, sign up for FEBRUARY 15 — a special 15-mile challenge that you can do anywhere in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Walk, run, hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski at your local park, state park, on the Canalway Trail, or even in your own neighborhood—if it’s in the corridor, it counts! Complete 15 miles by the end of February to earn a recognition sticker, magnet, bandana, and a jump start on fitness in the New Year.
(Photo: Jim and Alizabeth Harder, 90 Milers)