MEDIA ADVISORY: Sunday, July 15, 12:15 p.m.

Bicycle Riders Conclude 400-Mile Journey Along Erie Canal

ALBANY, NY (07/13/2012)(readMedia)-- WHO: About 500 bicycle riders from 36 states arrive in Albany to conclude the annual 400-mile-long "Cycling the Erie Canal" ride along the Erie Canal that began in Buffalo on July 8.

They will be joined by Brian U. Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation; Robin Dropkin, executive director of the non-profit Parks & Trails New York; Nina Tyzik of First Niagara Financial Group, a corporate sponsor of the event, and other local officials.

WHAT: "Cycling the Erie Canal" is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York to highlight the importance of the Canals system to the economy and quality of life of Upstate New York. Members of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's cabinet joined parts of the tour.

WHEN: 12:15 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2012.

WHERE: 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207 (Corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue)


NYS Canal Corporation, John Joyce 518-436-2983 or 518-469-5836

Parks & Trails New York, Robin Dropkin, 518-434-1583 or 518-929-5043