The New York State Empire State Trail system is partnering with a popular Utica race to create the "Empire State Trail Challenge".

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The Boilermaker organization in Utica has held a 15-kilometer race yearly since 1978, and attracts 10,000 to 15,000 participants yearly.

Stay ready, fit and motivated by *virtually* running, walking, biking or hiking across New York State on the Empire State Trail. This is a virtual challenge and miles can be logged in any location from the actual trail itself to the treadmill or stationary bike in your home or gym – your challenge, your choice. *$25 for any 1 leg and only $5 to register for any additional legs (at initial registration or later on). 

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. You can participate solo or join a team.

Participants in the virtual challenge would run at least one leg of the Empire State Trail:

  • Hudson Valley Trail: 210 miles (New York City to Albany)
  • Erie Canalway Trail: 350 miles (Albany to Buffalo)
  • Champlain Valley: 190 miles (Albany to Canada Border at Rouses Point)

The Boilermaker Empire State Trail Challenge runs through July 31.

The Empire State Trail website provides quick and easy access to trail information along the 750-mile route including segment descriptions and an online map identifying off-road trails connecting on-road sections, trail distances, designated parking areas, restrooms, and nearby amenities and attractions.

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