Today, we talk to Jean Mackay of Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor about the inspiration for the 1st Mile Challenge and where it is going in the future. Doug Hamlin and Andrea Robinson share about why we cycle and who inspires us through the years!
Since 2013, 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.
In 2021, 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.This year 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.
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