Chev Dixon takes on the Hudson Valley 300 Mile Challenge for Yonkers Youth

Biking, hiking, kayaking, welcome him home at Yonkers Sat. May 14

Chev Dixon, on his Hudson Valley Challenge. Photo by Regina Nicolardi

By Dan Murphy

Meet Chev Dixon, of Yonkers, director of the Hudson River Riders, a Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club program that provides recreational access and environmental awareness of the Hudson River to undeserved communities through free kayak paddles, visits and training.

Chev offers about 1,200 kayak and paddleboard rides on the Hudson each year through the YPRC’s Hudson Riders program, but he wanted to try to set an even bigger example for young people in Yonkers and other communities, which he there is an alternative to violence. streets.

Chev is in the middle of a 300-mile journey of hiking, biking, running and kayaking from New York to Albany and back called the Hudson Valley Challenge.

“Growing up in Jamaica, the structure I had was different from Yonkers,” Chev said in a video promoting the Hudson Valley Challenge.

One day while playing basketball, another player pulled a knife on Chev. “It shook me up a bit,” admitted Chev, who eventually started hanging out with his friends near Yonkers Pier where they found the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, YPRC. A club member opened the doors and Chev joined and fell in love with kayaking and the fun of being on the Hudson River.

“Being on the river gave me a sense and pride in doing something unique.” He started working out every day and started eating healthy, “It’s nice that young people can see the possibilities and the commitment I have for it, and the work ethic, and know that they can follow in the same footsteps. I challenged the board to see if we could do more, and that’s how Hudson River Riders was born. To give kids an opportunity and challenge themselves in a way different.

“Now with the Hudson River Challenge, I hope to open their perspective, to come and paddle here and learn the skills that can take you anywhere in this world. I realize that kayaking is only part of it Anyone can join me in this challenge and be part of the community that is always there for each other, encouraging each other and pushing the human body,” said Chev, who started the Hudson River Challenge in Manhattan on May 7, running to Alpine, New Jersey, then up the Palisades, then a 65-mile bike ride to Poughkeepsie, and back into the Kyack up the Hudson River, finally arriving at Albany.

Chev is on its way back down the Hudson, with stops in Cold Spring and Irvington, before a welcome in Yonkers on Saturday May 14 before finishing the challenge in Manhattan. A three-day trip totaled 115 miles. – the total journey will be 300 miles.

Chev has a gear manager who helps him transition from biking to hiking to kayaking. “You don’t have to follow traditional norms. People who want to lead an active life have a better life overall, with their family and their work. Being outdoors and keeping your body healthy has many benefits. I want to encourage everyone, but especially young people, that there are things to do just minutes away. Whether it’s kayaking or hiking, or taking a family vacation in nature this summer.

Chev said he came up with the idea for the Hudson Vally Challenge because “I wanted to explore more locally. We have the Hudson Valley which is a great natural resource. But I also wanted to show our young people that you don’t have to travel far to find an adventure. I continue to work to connect more with our young people here at the local level, but we are doing this journey and this challenge for everyone around the world.

Filming of the Hudson Valley Challenge will be used to create a documentary about the experience. “We hope to share this with friends, running clubs, school gym classes and maybe the Yonkers Film Festival.”

During his travels, people joined him along the way. “One day it’s a friend, another day a local rider, then someone on the bike.”

For anyone who thinks an hour on a kayak isn’t a full body workout, come to the YPRC this summer. And that’s the whole point of this trip, trying to motivate people to try new outdoor activities. And above all to inspire our young people, after two years of COVID, and too many video games, to give the outdoors a chance and give you back better physical and mental health.

Chev will travel to Yonkers this Saturday, May 14, estimated arrival time between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Yonkers Pier and YRPC. A crowd of people are expected to welcome him home for a bit, before he completes his journey in Mahnattan.

YPRC Vice Commodore Phil Giller said, “I think Chev is the first person to have done this trip back and forth on the Hudson. He wants to introduce young people to outdoor activities and we support him 100%. It’s wonderful to see and we can’t wait to bring more people out into the wild to experience it.

Anyone interested in donating to all of Chev’s positive ideas and initiatives, visit Take your chance to meet Chev this summer on Yonkers Pier at the YPRC before it’s too late. This man has a bright future and he is a wonderful example of a true Yonkers ambassador, someone who cares about his community and the next generation.

Thank you Chev, for your hard work and for leading by example. What a refreshing story you have provided our readers. Your story is what Yonkers Rising is.


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