The Tugboat Chug 5k begins and ends at the top of Lock 2 of the The New York State Canal System (Erie Canal) in Waterford, New York (pictured above).

The Erie Canal was first opened in 1825. It was significant because it connected Lake Erie and the Great Lakes system to the Hudson River, giving the western states direct access to the Atlantic Ocean without shipping goods downstream on the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

In 2016, the Town of Waterford had planned its bicentennial celebrations to include a foot race. With the recent revival of the public high school's track team and the explosion of races all over the world, we knew it was time for Waterford to join in the fun. At the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and nestled along the entrance to the Erie Canal, Waterford's Tugboat Chug 5k was born.