Friday, June 11, 2021

Empire Trail Challenge aims to introduce NYers to new statewide trail

Empire TrailIn 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the Empire State Trail to promote outdoor recreation, encourage healthy lifestyles, support community vitality, and bolster tourism-related economic development. It is now complete! The trail showcases New York’s special places, diverse history, and iconic landscapes.

The trail welcomes bicyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities to experience the Empire State’s urban centers, village main streets, rural communities, and diverse history, from New York City through the Hudson River Valley, west to Buffalo along the Erie Canal, and north to the Champlain Valley and Adirondacks. Click here to visit the trail website.

An event is now underway, to encourage NYers to to try out this new statewide trail system.


Stay ready, fit and motivated by *virtually* running, walking, biking or hiking across New York State on the brand-new Empire State Trail. Organized in partnership between the Boilermaker, organizers of the world-famous 15K race in Utica, and New York State Parks, this is a virtual challenge and miles can be logged in any location. *$25 to for any 1 leg and only $5 to register for any additional legs (at initial registration or later on). 

However and wherever you compile your mileage, simply report your progress back through the event website and watch your digital avatar travel along your chosen leg of the Empire State Trail.


Simple as run, bike, walk or hike!

The Empire State Trail Challenge breaks up the Trail into three separate legs/events: Hudson Valley Greenway Trail (NYC-Albany), the Champlain Valley Trail (Albany-Canada) and the Erie Canalway Trail (Buffalo-Albany). Your challenge, your choice – register for 1, 2 or all 3 legs and tackle them however you would like. Run, walk, hike or bike your miles whenever and wherever you’d like during the life of the challenge. Challenge runs from now – August 1st. Register anytime until July 5th.

Simply keep track of your mileage throughout the life of the challenge and submit your progress through your RunSignUp profile on a regular basis – we suggest after each outing. Time and elevation gain submission are completely optional.

Challengers have access to a live, interactive map and leaderboard displaying your progress, along with that of your fellow challengers. You may participate as an individual or join/create a team for no extra cost – no need to choose, you can do both! Sign up here:


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One Response

  1. SNAPPER PETTA says:

    Is paddling a recognized way to complete this or was it just left off the list?

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