AROUND THE REGION
Online Canal Map Helps Navigate NY’s Canals
WATERFORD – Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, with support from the NYS Canal Corporation and I Love New York, has released a new online map to help residents and visitors navigate their way along New York’s canals. NYCanalMap.com brings together the power of mapping tools with a wealth of information on hundreds of places of interest, visitor centers, boat rentals and tours, and paddling access sites.
Directions and a distance calculator make it easy to plan trips by bike, kayak, boat, car or foot. Users can filter by features such as municipal centers, public restrooms, camping and picnic facilities. The online map helps make the canal system more accessible to paddlers and cyclists. The mobile friendly website map makes it easy to find services and places of interest using a smart phone while on the waterway or Canalway Trail. It complements a NYS Canalway Water Trail Guidebook released last spring and includes important water trail markers and paddling information. Go to nycanalmap.com.
Fleet Feet 5K /10K Training Begins in Mid-September
ALBANY – Get fit and have fun as Fleet Feet will begin its seven-week fall training programs – beginner through advanced – for the 5K and 10K distances the week of September 16. Groups are available in both Albany and Malta/Saratoga areas, meeting twice a week for group runs, with coaches providing supplementary daily workout schedules. For more information and online registration, visit fleetfeetalbany.com.
Bikeatoga’s Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Bikeatoga will host the 10th anniversary of Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival at Skidmore College’s Gannett Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 28. There will be a happy hour at 5:30pm and film festival at 7pm with independent short films celebrating cycling, people, the planet and bicycle travel. Happy hour includes film fest admission plus two drink tickets and a great selection of hors d’oeuvres, plus conversations with some great Saratoga and Capital Region bike and adventure lovers. Raffle tickets are offered to benefit Bikeatoga, with drawings for prizes from local businesses and sponsors. This screening is a fundraiser for Bikeatoga and the American Cycling Association. Buy tickets at bikeatogaff.brownpapertickets.com.
One film is Rocky Road Trip: A Himalayan Bike Adventure that features teenage cyclists on a monthlong family trip through some of the world’s most pristine scenery. Closer to home is Not Quite Out of the Woods, a story of a father and daughter overnight bike-packing trip in western Massachusetts that celebrates adventure while detailing the first-year battling childhood leukemia. Another film is Riding Faith: The Story of Roei Sadan, an extreme adventure athlete who recovered from a life-threatening accident and returned to cycling. Bikeatoga is Saratoga Springs’ leading bicycle advocacy and education organization, promotes bike to work/school and educational bike safety and repair initiative. They make cycling more accessible and safer, with their annual Bike to Work breakfast in May and biannual Kids’ Bike Giveaway. In the past 18 months, 200 bicycles have been refurbished and adopted by community members through their Earn-a-Bike program. Learn more at bikeatoga.org.