YEAH, WE KNOW YOU CAN RUN 100 MILES.Once summer rolls its lazy self into Western New York, the landscape takes on a whole new look and feel. You can rest assured that the Erie Canal tow path is as flat and fast as ever, with its groomed, crushed cynder surface. You simply will not find a more runner friendly course anywhere on the planet. In place of snow, and ice, and gusting winter winds, you'll find a lush green, tree lined path along the waters of the historic Erie Canal. But don't throw away your old belt buckle just yet. There's still 100 miles of path, hours and hours of sweat, and over 176,000 footsteps under the brutal Summer sun between you and your 100 Mile Finisher buckle.
Oh, and there's one more little twist as well...you gotta' beat the bridge! The Erie Canal includes operational lift bridges along the way. You'll be crossing one of these historic bridges twice during each out-and-back loop. When a boat approaches, you have three choices: sprint ahead to beat the boat before the bridge is raised, take the staircase up and over the lifted bridge, or just relax and soak in the view while the boat passes on its merry way. Your call.