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!

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Register for the C&O Canal Trust’s TowpathGO! and raise funds to ensure the Park we love remains beautiful, safe, and welcoming. 

Man & Dog — Williamsport by Ellen Kinzer

Early morning joggers at Violettes Lock by Paul Graunke

Biker in Nolands Ferry by Trust Staff

How it Works


Registration Deadline: Friday, May 21
Virtual Orientation: Week of May 24
Official Challenge Launch: Saturday, May 29
Challenge Completion: Saturday, July 10

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. 

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. Suggested challenges are listed below.

Interested in participating as a team? Or, would you like to participate from a distance? Please contact Ellen Kinzer, Development Associate, at 301-714-2233 or

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. An orientation to review all participation logistics will be held via Zoom the week of May 24. An invitation to the orientation will be shared with participants once it is scheduled. A recording of the orientation will be made available for all participants. 

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. Suggested fundraising levels are listed below.

Please join us for an optional meet up at one of the Trust’s local brewery partners 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. Celebratory meet ups will be held outdoors and will follow all health and safety guidelines. Attendees may choose to order their own refreshments and toast to their success. Meetup locations and dates will be announced soon.

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!

Fundraising Levels

Stay tuned! More swag will be announced soon.

Official 2021 TowpathGO! Bib
Water Bottle

Official 2021 TowpathGO! Bib
Water Bottle
C&O Canal Trust T-Shirt
Serious Kudos

Official 2021 TowpathGO! Bib
Water Bottle
C&O Canal Trust Pullover
Major Kudos

Official 2021 TowpathGO! Bib
Water Bottle
C&O Canal Trust T-Shirt
C&O Canal Trust Pullover
Framed photo of a canal scene captured by a local photographer
Seriously Major Kudos