Village to Village SPRING Challenge

  • Hosted By: Rochester Community inclusive Rowing


NEW THIS YEAR...     The VillagetoVillageChallenge is more than your typical small boat race… the Challenge is a personal challenge. It challenges an individual to row farther than any other regatta. Completing the 12 k course is an achievement in itself. The Challenge will be honoring every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd boat that crosses the Finish no matter how many boats are entered into the event for completing the Challenge.

NEW THIS YEAR...     VillagetoVillageSpringChallenge welcomes    as an official lodging sponsor of the Challenge. Click on the Lodging link on the left to learn more about the accomodations at the Dollinger's Inn & Suites in Brockport NY and the discounted room rates based upon availability.

NEW THIS YEAR...      You can row the course on Friday, May 2 or bring a bike or run along side the course. Docks should be in by Thursday, May 1. Medals presentation at the Welcome Center in Brockport immediately following the race.

NEW THIS YEAR...       For those of you who are inclined to row back to  Spencerport following the awards and celebration, you will be happy to know that the ERIE CANAL flows eastward so you can row back to Spencerport with the current at your leasure. Docks will remain in place through Monday, May 5. 

Row in the 2014 Village to Village SPRING Challenge on the historic ERIE CANAL in upstate New York...a colorful fun spring time destination. Race from the Village of Spencerport to the Village of Brockport, NY


Saturday, May 3, 2014

This regatta is a unique head race for small boats. The Start line is in the Village of Spencerport and the Finish is in the Village of Brockport. The course is approximately 12 kilometers of picturesque landscape on the historic ERIE CANAL.  There is a wide canal path along the entire north bank of the canal for visitors to run, ride or walk along during the race. There are 4 lift bridges associated with the row; Union St liftbridge is just east of the Start line which is the staging area, Washington St lift bridge is in Adams Basin, Park Av lift bridge is as you enter Brockport and Main St lift bridge is just past the Finish line. We are hoping the lift bridges will be up while the race is in progress but we can't guarantee it. You can glide under the lift bridges but be aware of the lights hanging under the lift bridges may be impossible to go under so orient your boat as you approach to avoid the lights. They are staggered on either side so be so take care in orienting you boat and duck if the bridge is low.

PLEASE NOTE: Though boat traffic is very light this time of year, we cannot prevent motorized craft from using the ERIE CANAL. Exercise extreme caution.  Carefully navigate bends, lift bridges, and the occasional parked barges along the canal.

7:00 am CHECK-IN: IF YOU ARE USING THE SHUTTLE, please plan on 35-40 minutes to drive to the Welcome Center in Brockport and shuttle back.

Shuttle Map to Brockport




Check in boat before unloading. Pick up race packet & let us know if you need shuttle arrangements. Unload & rig boat @ Spencerport Gazebo. Place assigned stickers on slings so that we can move and match them in Brockport.

SHUTTLE: Drive your vehicle to Brockport following the map provided. 

8:30 a.m. Course Hazards Meeting:  @ the Gazebo in SPENCERPORT

9:00 a.m. Launching 2x/- Boats

9:20 a.m. Launching 1x

10:00 Race Begins

Landing Location:




The Village to Village Spring Challenge is a scheduled event on the Low Bridge High Water celebration of the opening of the Erie Canal. The Golden Eagle String Band will be playing canal songs for the spectators as boats come off the water.  Stay Saturday from 4:30 - 6:30 for "A Taste of Brockport" Check the VENUE link on the left for more information.






Contact Deb Adams // John Bernfield
Email [email protected]
Phone (585) 727-4917 // (585) 975-9393
Chief Referee Not yet posted
Juniors No
High School No
Middle School No
Collegiate No
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite Yes
Para Yes
Inclusion No
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