Erie Canalway challenges New Yorkers to get active this month

UPSTATE NEW YORK (WETM) — The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is challenging people in the area to be active outside this month.

The FEBRUARY 15 Canalway Challenge is inviting New Yorkers to walk, run, hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski 15 miles by the end of February. Participants can complete their 15 miles anywhere within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which includes the areas surrounding Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. Participants can trek all of their 15 miles at once or over the course of multiple sessions.

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“The FEBRUARY 15 Challenge provides great incentive for people of all abilities to embrace winter and enjoy the outdoors, while working toward a fitness goal.” said Bob Radliff, executive director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “The Canalway Corridor, including the many state and national parks located within it, have much to offer in every season, and we hope this challenge motivates New Yorkers to get outside in winter.”

Those who finish this challenge will receive a sticker, a magnet, and a set of commemorative postcards that recognize the accomplishment. The challenge is free, and to join, New Yorkers can register on the canalway’s website and log their miles. Those interested can register as an individual, group, or organization.

The FEBRUARY 15 Canalway Challenge is part of the year-round Canalway Challenge. The year-round challenge gives participants the option to trek 1 mile, 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, or 360 miles. For the 360-mile challenge, participants must go the entire distance of the canalway trail, which extends from Buffalo to Albany, either during one trip or one 90-mile segment at a time. While the FEBRUARY 15 Canalway Challenge wants New Yorkers to go 15 miles by foot, all other challenges can be done by biking or paddling.

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