(Photo by Bob Kopac)
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, or roller blades. Headphones strongly discouraged.

NOTICE: This year's 5K race will highlight Dutchess Community College and Marist College in the College to College 5K. Due to construction slated for this spring on Walkway's West (Highland) Approach, Walkway State Historic Park will not be a part of the 2017 5K course.

Register NOW for one of the Walkway Marathon races.

Register NOW for the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash.

Walkway Members receive a 10% discount until December 31, 2016. Log in to your account here to receive the discount. Not a Walkway Member? Become a member now!

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

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Latest News and Updates


"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."




"On Saturday, June 11th, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. hosted the 2nd annual Walkway Marathon Health & Wellness Expo at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.

The day began with the new THINK DIFFERENTLY DASH, a one-mile run for people with physical and developmental disabilities organized by the Walkway Over the Hudson and Dutchess County government. The Health and Wellness Expo followed with a wide variety of vendors on hand to share information with the public and also to support runners arriving to pick up their race bibs. There were running seminars, giveaways, food, and music."


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"If you were one of the nearly 2,000 finishers during Sunday’s Walkway Marathon races, it’s a strong possibility that as you approached the finish line at the Marist College waterfront, you experienced the sheer force of nature known as Lori Decker.

Oh sure, there were many elements with which to deal on Sunday — whether it was blazing and unrelenting sun on the gorgeous June day, or gusty winds that buffeted runners toward the latter stages of the half-marathon and marathon on the Walkway Over the Hudson. But when it was time to approach the finish line, the final element was perhaps the best: Decker, a raging bundle of positivity at the top of the final hill overlooking the river, with a short and fast downhill sprint to the finish line in between the boathouses on the Marist campus."


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"The winners of the Walkway Marathon races have come across the finish line at Marist College.

Sam Heraghty, 19, a Spackenkill High School graduate, claimed first place in the half-marathon race in 1:17.00. He recently completed his sophomore year at SUNY Geneseo. Rachel Sleeter, 23, a Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and Mount Saint Mary College graduate, won the women's half marathon in 1:25.36."


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"While much of the rest of the mid-Hudson Valley sleeps, runners from near and far will be up with the sun Sunday, as they take their place at the starting line of the annual Walkway Marathon.

In its second year, the Walkway Marathon will once again bring runners over the Hudson River and along rail trails in Dutchess and Ulster counties. The two-day event kicked off Saturday with a new race, the 1-mile Think Differently Dash, and will conclude Sunday with a full marathon, half marathon and the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club's Treetops to Rooftops 5-kilometer race."


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The Walkway Marathon weekend kicked off with the very 1st Think Differently Dash.

"This year’s Walkway Marathon weekend kicked off with the very first “Think Differently Dash” on Saturday, providing people with developmental and physical disabilities a one-mile race of their own through downtown Poughkeepsie. There were more than 200 entrants in this inaugural run – and the smiles on everyone’s faces tells it all. It was a truly inspirational race that is sure to be a fixture in future Walkway Marathons."


Photos by Bob Kopac.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Hundreds of enthusiastic participants joined a one-mile race down Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie for the Think Differently Dash held on Saturday, June 11. The new “first leg” of the weekend-long Walkway Marathon Race Series provided members of all abilities within the community the chance to be a part of the event.

Walkway Marathon Race Series partners, Walkway Over the Hudson and Dutchess County Government, were joined by representatives from the ten non-profit and educational organizations who assisted in orchestrating the Think Differently Dash, a new feature in this year’s Walkway Marathon Race Series. Walkway Over the Hudson in partnership with Dutchess County Government is scheduled to hold its popular 5K, Half-Marathon and Full-Marathon races the tomorrow morning, Sunday, June 12.

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JUNE 2, 2016


‘Think Differently Dash’ Planned for Walkway Marathon Weekend
Race Specifically for Disabled in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, June 11th  

This year’s Walkway Marathon Race Series will feature the Think Differently Dash on Saturday, June 11, providing people with developmental and physical disabilities a one-mile race of their own through downtown Poughkeepsie, organizers announced at a press conference this week.

Walkway Marathon Race Series partners, Walkway Over the Hudson and Dutchess County Government, were joined by representatives from several participating organizations in presenting information concerning the Think Differently Dash, a new feature in this year’s Walkway Marathon Race Series, which will hold its popular 5K, Half-Marathon, and Full-Marathon races the following day on Sunday, June 12.


Walkway marathon strives for zero-waste race

"When it comes to going green, the Walkway Marathon is a first-place winner.

Last year, the marathon, which will again take place in June, was the first in New York state to be certified as green through Athletes for a Fit Planet, a consultant to athletic event organizers on sustainability issues and provider of a sustainability plan.

This year, the marathon organizers are amping up their efforts.

“The mission of the Walkway Over the Hudson; part of the mission is to connect with the beauty of the Hudson Valley,” said Kathy Smith, a member of the Walkway Over the Hudson’s board of directors, an ambassador volunteer, and lead of the Walkway Marathon’s green team. “We wanted the beauty to remain.”


2nd Annual Walkway Marathon Race Series  Will Add ‘Think Differently Dash’

Nearly 3,500 runners are expected to converge on Dutchess County during the weekend of June 11th & 12th for the second annual Walkway Marathon race series, which is being presented by the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization in partnership with Dutchess County Government. In addition to a marathon, half-marathon, and the MHRRC Treetops to Rooftops 5K event, the 2016 Walkway Marathon Race Series will feature for the first time the Think Differently Dash, a run specifically for people with physical and developmental disabilities.


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? 


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.


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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