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. 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.


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

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2020 Journey Along the Erie Canal

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.

Join them for your 1st Mile!

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.

1st Mile Events During Journey Along the Erie Canal

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