Do you love the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP)? Do you also love biking, walking, or running? Combine your passions and rally support from your family, friends, and colleagues for this unique peer-to-peer fundraising challenge. This is not your typical ride or run – YOU set your course!

Register for the C&O Canal Trust’s TowpathGO and raise funds to ensure the Park we love remains beautiful, safe, and welcoming into the future. 

How it Works

 

The Challenge
This is a program for EVERYONE regardless of age, ability, or ambition. Your challenge does not even need to be completed in the Park. Follow one of our suggested challenge options, or customize your own! Complete your challenge in one day, or take advantage of the full six weeks. Suggested challenge options are listed below.

We will be here to help cheer you on throughout your challenge! Share photos and updates about your TowpathGO challenge with us to share on our social media channels.

Interested in participating as a team? Or, would you like to participate from a distance? Please contact Ellen Kinzer, Development Associate, at 240-202-2625, x106  or kinzer@canaltrust.org.

Registration
Follow the link at the bottom of the page to complete the registration process. You will be asked to provide information about your challenge and fundraising level on the registration form. A toolkit with instructions on how to set up your fundraising page and tips and tricks to make fundraising fun and easy will be emailed to you. We are happy to answer any questions, or walk you through how to set up your page and get started! 

Important Dates

 

Official Challenge Launch: May 1
Challenge Completion: June 11

Man and Dog in Williamsport by Trust Staff

Man and Dog in Williamsport by Trust Staff

Biker in Nolands Ferry by Trust Staff

Challenge Options

 

184.5-Mile Challenge
Take on the full length of the C&O Canal NHP! Divide your challenge into sections and bike, run, or walk at your own pace. Enjoy a multi-day exploration of the Park, and take time to visit Canal Towns along the way. 

50-Mile Challenge
Establish your own starting and end points, and stretch yourself to take on 50 miles of the C&O Canal NHP in one or more days! 50 miles is no easy feat, so we recommend frequent pit stops to keep hydrated and enjoy the scenery. 

25-Mile Challenge
25 miles is just under a full marathon! Choose a section of the Park for a day of trail running. Then, enjoy cool-down time among the trees and wildlife, and give yourself a pat on the back – you just ran 25 miles!

Customize your Challenge!
You can create your own challenge – a 5K, a 10-mile trek, you name it! Complete your challenge however and wherever you like. We just ask that you soak in the scenery and get moving!

TowpathGO 5K Challenge
Are you up for a new challenge? Support the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park by participating in the TowpathGO 5K Challenge in Brunswick on June 11, 10am-12pm. Lace up your shoes, set your own pace, and join us on the towpath!

Sign Up for the 5K

Fundraising Levels

 

Set a fundraising goal with your challenge, earn swag, and contribute directly to the C&O Canal NHP. We will help you set up your own personal fundraising page and provide a fundraising toolkit to help make your journey fun and easy. Fundraising levels are listed below with the swag you can earn by hitting each level!

$300
Water bottle

$750
Water bottle
C&O Canal NHP themed t-shirt

$1,500
Water Bottle
C&O Canal NHP themed t-shirt
Print of the Park by a local photographer

$2,500+
Water bottle
C&O Canal NHP themed t-shirt
Print of the Park by a local photographer
Grand prize to be announced soon!

Swag Items

Water bottle from REI

REI

‘Enjoy Nature’ T shirt from Route One Apparel

Route One Apparel

Print of Monocacy Aqueduct from Kim Cawley

Kim Cawley

Join Us for a Celebration

Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD
June 11, 2022 from noon to 2pm

Please join us to celebrate your achievement and collect your swag! Invite your donors and help us say “thank you” for their support of your challenge and the C&O Canal NHP. The celebration will be held outdoors and TowpathGO participants will be treated to refreshments from Smoketown Brewing Station, sponsored by a generous donor. 

Thank you to our sponsor!

In-Kind Sponsor

REI

Top image by Paul Graunke