Every journey begins with a single step.

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. 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.


"One mile turns into two, turns into 90 and, before you know it, turns into a more healthy and active life."

-- John Robinson

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Color Wayne Fun Walk / Run / Bike

Saturday, 9/5 – Saturday, 9/12, anywhere

Color Wayne is going virtual in 2020! Register online and get ready to run, walk or bike to show your support of individuals with disabilities. 1 mile, 5k and 10k options are available. Feel free to split it up throughout the week or tackle it all in one day! This event is hosted by The ARC Wayne and is an official Canalway Challenge 1st Mile event.

The Arc Wayne supports people with and without intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. They assist individuals in taking their full, independent, productive place in society.

Hand cyclists riding along the Erie Canal in Fairport

Pass to Play 2020

Summer 2020

Rochester Accessible Adventures Pass to Play program offers deep discounts on adaptive cycling and kayaking equipment at Erie Canal Boat Company's Fairport and Lockport locations. Get outside and stay active on the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail. Trained staff are available to help you get started. A short application is required.

Rochester Accessible Adventures transforms recreation businesses to ensure individuals with disabilities are able to access inclusive active recreation and sports opportunities.

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2020 Journey Along the Erie Canal

Canceled due to COVID-19

Each summer since 2012, John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc has handcycled all 360 miles from Buffalo to Albany to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. 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.