WNY Rail Trail Foliage Tour A Virtual Autumn Adventure

Date: October 1, 2021

Length: 220.7 Miles

Start Time: 8:00am

Location: Virtual


Fall is coming so let's enjoy our gorgeous autumn scenery virtually by traversing the historic Rail Trail System in Western NY and the Finger Lakes Regions. This trail system was once railway systems to connect various corridors of the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse areas.  Today these systems can be paved or dirt trailways that are point to point.  Surrounded by autumnal beauty, as our leaves start to change, you can virtually imagine the exquisiteness and serenity of the trail you are on.

Starting on October 1, 2021, you have almost 11 weeks to virtually walk, run, or cycle 220.7 Miles of 10 of the major Rail Trails in Western NY and Finger Lakes Region of New York State. You will receive a finisher medal where you can attach your foliage charms for every 44ish miles completed.  The final charm is for completing the final 1 Miles.  This virtual autumn adventure ends on December 18, 2021.  See Maps and all Rail Trails below under Course on the website.

*NOTE*: You can run, walk or bike anywhere you choose or perhaps visit one of the trails that you'll be traversing


Registration Includes
Super Cool Medal - for every 44ish miles you get to add a fall foliage leaf (see pic Below)
Long Sleeve Performance 1/4 Zip (see pic below) - Note: Shirt colors subject to change due to availability
Shipping to US Addresses *note: we are not responsible for returned or undeliverable packages.
Printable color sheet to track your progress
Printable Virtual Bib (see pic below)

Plus you can purchase the Official WNY Rail Trail Hat for those cool fall days ($15 plus tax)

This event is capped so register early.



We are very lucky to have the gorgeous Rail Trails across the United States where you can traverse and travel to these historical pathways.  As such, this event donates moneys to the Rails to Trails Conservancy Organization and you can donate too through the registration process.  To learn more about this wonderful organization who does it's best to keep these natural resources in tact for us to enjoy visit here: https://www.railstotrails.org/



Registration/Packet Pickup

Registration for the challenge is $75. 

There is no packet pickup, all items will be mailed to the shipping address provided when you register. We will be ordering all jackets once registration closes and the medals have been ordered.  Due to many shipping/inventory challenges due to current times, the anticipated mail date of all items is late November. We will keep you informed should things change.


You'll get this beautiful autumnal medal with a charms as you complete mileage.  Plus you'll get a digital finisher's downloadable certificate.

Race Day Schedule

Submit your mileage after each workout between 8am, October 1 - 11:59pm, December 18.


You will virtually (aka pretend) travel 220.70 Miles (approx 3.19 Miles/Day) along 10 Major Rail Trails of this WNY and FLX region.

Here they are in order by length with links to history and trail specifics couresty of TraiLink by our benefactor Rails to Trails Conservancy

If you do choose to visit the trails in person check the trail website.social media for any trail maintenance, closures or construction.

Feel free to download the Rail Trail Tracker to color your way through the challenge - Download PDF Here

  1. Genesee Valley Greenway Trail – 68.8 Miles - From Rochester, NY to Cuba, NY
  2. Oswego County Rail Trail - 28 Miles - Fulton to Cleveland, NY Oswego County
  3. Ontario Pathways Trail – 25.2 Miles -  Canandaigua to Phelps, NY
  4. Genesee River Trail – 22.8 Miles - Irondequoit to Scottsville, NY
  5. Clarence Pathways – 17.9 Miles - Clarence to Akron, NY
  6. Lehigh Valley Trail – 16.4 Miles - Scottsville to Victor, NY
  7. Lehigh Valley Trail – North Branch – 14.5 Miles - Rochester to Honeoye Falls, NY
  8. Catharine Valley Trail – 12.7 Miles - Watkins Glen to Pine Valley
  9. Auburn Rail Trail - 9.6 Miles - Farmington to Pittsford, NY
  10. Hojack Rail Trail - 4.8 Miles - Webster, NY

Total RailTrail Miles 220.7

It’s YOUR Adventure!
Choose a location!
Walk, Run, Bike
Indoors or out, you pick your place and your pace!