WNY RailTrail Fall Foliage Tour - Virtual Autumn Adventure

Date: September 15, 2020

Length: 269.26 Miles

Start Time: 8:00am

Location: Virtual - Register Below


This event is sold out!

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 September 15, 2020 you have almost 11 weeks to virtually walkrun, or cycle 269.26 Miles of 12 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 50 miles completed.  The final charm is for completing the final 69.26 Miles.  This virtual autumn adventure ends November 30th, 2020.  See Maps and all Rail Trails below under Course.

*NOTE*: While COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, you are to complete your activities while practicing social distancing. You can run, walk or bike anywhere you choose or perhaps visit one of the trails that you'll be traversing - socially distanced of course!

This event is capped at 500 registrants and is sold out!

Registration Includes

  • Super Cool Medal - for every 50 miles you get to add a fall foliage leaf
  • Amazing Windbreaker Jacket - valued at $85, this polyester nylon water & wind resistant jacket with reflective pops on the front and back, plus two front pockets is perfect for fall, winter, and spring.
  • Shipping to US Addresses *note: we are not responsible for returned or undeliverable packages.
  • Weekly Newsletter
  • Printable color sheet to track your progress
  • Printable Virtual Bib
  • A Portion of Proceeds will be donated to FoodLink of Rochester, NY, FeedMore WNY and Rail to Trails Conservancy

Learn more about our Benefactors Here

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About the Benefactors

Rails to Trails Conservancy - is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Foodlink of Rochester, NY - Foodlink has leveraged the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities in Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties

FeedMore WNY - continues the longstanding mission of offering dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need. Through our food bank distribution center and partner hunger-relief agencies, as well as our home-delivered meal program.

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.  The anticipated mail date of all items is mid-October when they are in house to prep to mail.  We will keep you informed should things change.

This event is sold out!

Race Day Schedule

Submit your mileage after each workout between 8am, September 15 - 9pm, November 30. 

Want to visually track your progress?  Download this PDF Tracking Sheet and you can even get creative and color it in.


You will virtually (aka pretend) travel 269.26 Miles (approx 3.5 Miles/Day) along 12 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, please use COVID-10 protocols such as masking and social distance, and check the trail website.social media for any trail maintenance, closures or construction.

  1. Genesee Valley Greenway Trail – 68.8 Miles - From Rochester, NY to Cuba, NY
  2. Chautauqua Rail to Trails – 28.56 Miles - Sherman to Brocton. NY
  3. Ontario Pathways Trail – 25.2 Miles -  Canandaigua to Phelps, NY
  4. Genesee River Trail – 22.8 Miles - Irondequoit to Scottsville, NY
  5. Shoreline Trail – 21.7 Miles -  Tonawanda to Buffalo, NY
  6. Groveland Secondary Trail – 20 Miles -  York to Alexander, NY
  7. Clarence Pathways – 17.9 Miles - Clarence to Akron, NY
  8. Lehigh Valley Trail – 16.4 Miles - Scottsville to Victor, NY
  9. Lehigh Valley Trail – North Branch – 14.5 Miles - Rochester to Honeoye Falls, NY
  10. Catharine Valley Trail – 12.7 Miles - Watkins Glen to Pine Valley
  11. Pat McGee Trail – 12.1 Miles - Cattaraugus to Salamanca, NY
  12. Lackawanna Rail Trail – 8.7 Miles - Lowman to Elmira in southern New York. Much of it follows the meandering Chemung River

Total RailTrail Miles 269.26

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