ELEVATE YOUR EXPECTATIONS!
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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 THINK DIFFERENTLY Dash, a one-mile run for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K 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 Treetops to Rooftops 5K, and the THINK DIFFERENTLY Dash by navigating through the links above.
No bikes, strollers, dogs, or roller blades. Headphones strongly discouraged.
Funds from the Walkway Marathon benefit the Walkway Over the Hudson organization, the official 501(c)(3) charity of the race.
Latest News and Updates
‘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!