Take your first step and complete your 1st Mile with the Canalway Challenge in 2020. Walk, run, cycle or paddle. There are numerous places along the canals and Canalway Trail that are accessible. Complete your 1st Mile with Journey Along the Erie Canal, at other 1st Mile events, or on your own with family and friends. We invite people of all abilities to participate. Once you complete your 1st Mile, challenge yourself by signing up for more through the Canalway Challenge.
From June 27 through July 7, John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc, will handcycle all 360 miles from Buffalo to Albany to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. During his Journey Along the Erie Canal, we are collaborating with John and his team to invite people with disabilities and their families and friends to join them for the 1st Mile Challenge, as part of the Canalway Challenge.
Since 2012, Journey Along the Erie Canal has grown to include thousands of individuals with disabilities, community leaders, and allies who meet John and his team, cheer them on, and even cycle alongside them.
John Robinson is a renowned entrepreneur, advocate, and motivational speaker whose personal story has inspired thousands. Born without full arms or legs, he has overcome countless obstacles to become a successful businessperson, family man, and inspirational keynote speaker. He founded Our Ability, as a way of helping to mentor and inspire people with disabilities and advocate for employment. Robinson first learned to ride a bike just eight years ago.
|Saturday, June 27||Buffalo||Canalside||8:30am|
|Sunday, June 28||Medina||Prospect Avenue Lift Bridge||8:30am|
|Monday, June 29||Fairport||Canalfront Promenade||8:30am|
|Thursday, July 2||DeWitt||Erie Canal Park Trailhead, Butternut Drive||9:30am|
|Sunday, July 5||Little Falls||Canal Harbor / Rotary Park||8:00am|
|Monday, July 6||Amsterdam||Libery ARC, 43 Liberty Drive||8:30am|