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The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park—a 19th century railroad bridge transformed into the world’s longest linear park—hosts a weekend full of running memories in New York State’s beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley. Runners of all abilities are invited to take part in one of four flat, fast and scenic races—a marathon, half-marathon, 5K, and the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, a one-mile run for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
 
The Full Marathon and Half Marathon each traverse the historic Hudson River via this 1.25-mile pedestrian bridge . Participants will by wowed by tree-lined landscape as they go the distance along the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Ulster County, and the riverside campus of Poughkeepsie’s Marist College. But the jaw-dropping views of the majestic Hudson from atop the 212-foot Walkway will make these races truly unforgettable.
 
Learn more about the Walkway Marathon, Half Marathon, the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club 5K, and the THINK DIFFERENTLY Dash by navigating through the links above.

No bikes, strollers, dogs, roller blades, hover boards, and skateboards.

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, The Walkway Marathon race committee encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Walkway Marathon.

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Register NOW for one of the Walkway Marathon races.

Register NOW for the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash.

Funds from the Walkway Marathon benefit the Walkway Over the Hudson organization, the official 501(c)(3) charity of the race.

Walkway Marathon Race FAQ

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Latest News and Updates

Walkway Marathon: Big course changes coming this year

"Local runners: You spoke, loudly and clearly, and the Walkway Over the Hudson listened.

The Walkway Marathon event, held in conjunction and partnership with Dutchess County government, has made changes to the running courses of all three races—the full marathon, the half marathon and the 5-kilometer run. In all three races, the large, steep and arduous road hill that leads down to the riverfront along the Hudson at Marist College has been eliminated. In its place will be a scenic loop that will show off the Marist campus and will take runners gently through the beginning and ending stages of the races."

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Hudson Valley, New York: Racing To Achieve Zero Waste

"The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Hudson Valley — a 19th century railroad bridge transformed into the world’s longest linear park — hosts a weekend full of running events known as the Walkway Marathon. For the past two years, marathon organizers have taken a Sustainability Pledge through Athletes for a Fit Planet (AFP). By meeting requirements of the pledge, events can be promoted as officially sustainable according to AFP’s criteria that include using a minimum of 10 “eco-practices.” Those practices include 100 percent online registration and virtual race packages; recycling and composting receptacles at the event; and offering a ride-sharing program."

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2nd Annual Walkway Marathon – First Look

 

"POUGHKEEPSIE – The 2nd Annual Walkway Marathon is now in the books and it was not only a record turnout, but a gorgeous day for a road race series. The weekend event kicked off Saturday with the Think Differently Dash in the City of Poughkeepsie, and finished up early this morning with a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and a 5K. There was also a Wheelchair race that was won by

All eyes were on the full marathon and Ukrainian Olympic athlete Sergii Vashurin. Vashurin had just won the Saskatchewan Marathon in Canada two weeks earlier with a time of just over 2 hours and 31 minutes. Last year’s Walkway marathon first place finisher finished about 20 minutes beyond Sergii’s time so most thought he would shatter the record, however, Mark Rabasco took over Vashurin in the later stages of the race taking advantage of Vashurin’s leg cramps."

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A Day in the Life of Our Intern

Intern Relay Team

When people think of track and field, many tend to believe that there is no team aspect involved. Of course track and field athletes are trying to make their best time, and achieve their own mental goals—but most don’t know of the epic relay races that take place on the track every week. In order to run a perfect relay, everyone has to run their best. I like to think of my time here at the Walkway as one of those epic relay races.

Alongside me are three wonderful interns Summer, Amanda G., and Amanda B. Although we have different roles, it is important we help promote all that the Walkway has to offer to the people of the Hudson Valley. Now, relay teams are made up of four runners. Coincidentally, there are four of us. Catching my drift? 

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It's Good to be Back

Last week I  said goodbye to my beloved training grounds and departed to North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Leaving was bittersweet, as each day my fellow teammates and I take to the bridge for our training runs. Some days are peaceful and serene, other days you can find us battling through the wind. No matter the day, the Walkway is our home. Spring break was a blast—but as a key factor in my training, I was definitely missing the Walkway.

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And the winner is—!

Last weekend, the Walkway team headed all the way up to beautiful Saratoga to participate in the ADK Sports and Fitness Expo. Our organization served as a vendor at the expo to promote the Walkway Marathon and all it has to offer. We set up a contest where anyone could fill out their contact information, and enter for a chance to win one free admission into the race they desired! 

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