Thank You- From the Walkway Over the Hudson

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It was another wonderful July 4th celebration on the Walkway, and it happened because of YOU! 

Kudos to Legion Fireworks for a great show! We want to thank everyone who made this fun community event possible.

Government Partners
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein
City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison
Town of Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 
NYS Bridge Authority 
NYS Parks Police 
NYS Police
City of Poughkeepsie Police  
Town of Lloyd Police 
Dutchess County Sheriff's Office
Ulster County Sheriff’s Office 
Dutchess County Government and Emergency Response
Ulster County Government and Emergency Services 
Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.

Media Sponsors
iHeart Media
Luminary Media
Poughkeepsie Journal

Participating Stores
Adams Fairacre Farms
Pomod'oro Pizza Cafe
Ma & Pa Kettle Corn

Walkway Corporate Sponsors
M&T Bank
Health Quest
Royal Carting

Irving Solero
Walkway Ambassadors, Board and Staff

If you are not already, we hope that you will be inspired to become a Walkway member! Stay tuned as we continue to enhance the visitor experience at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park with the construction of a new Ulster Welcome Center.

On behalf of all of us at Walkway Over the Hudson, thank you!

Latest News

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This year's Walkway Marathon combined team building, fitness and friendly competition among businesses and organizations as we added the Business Team Challenge. We are pleased to announce the 2017 Walkway Marathon Business Team Challenge Winners:

The Spirit of the Walkway Award: Team that demonstrated the most spirit.

The Fastest Connection Award: Team that had the best time for 5K; for Half; and Full Marathon. The Weekend Challenge Award: Team that participated in both Saturday and Sunday races. The Tweeter Award: Team most active on social media with tweets and re-tweets. The Green Award: Team that demonstrated the best green practices. The Big Team Award: Team that had the most participants (based on percent of total employee population). Thank you to all who came out and congratulations to the winners!
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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Nearly 2,200 athletes were joined by thousands of spectators, supporters, and volunteers along the Poughkeepsie waterfront on Sunday for the third annual Walkway Marathon Race Series, bringing an event full of fun and competition to the Hudson Valley on a clear sunny morning.
  • Full Marathon: The best overall time in the full marathon was posted by Spencer Johnson, age 22 of Bristol, CT, with a time of 2:39:32. The top female athlete in the full marathon was Rachel Darling, age 24, of Highland, NY, with a time of 3:08:51.
  • Wheelchair Marathon: The best overall time in the wheelchair marathon was won by Peter Gagliardo, age 32, of Poughquag, NY, with a time of 2:17:25. The top female athlete in the wheelchair marathon was Maria Bournias, age 40, of Tenafly, NJ, with a time of 3:24:47.
  • Half Marathon: The best overall time in the half marathon was Ruslan Kramariuk, age 25, of Kitsman, Ukraine with a time of 1:15:39. The top female athlete in the half marathon was Kristen Gregory, age 36 of New York, NY, with a time of 1:31:28.
  • College-to-College 5K: The best overall time in the 5K was Stefan Morton, age 21, of Emerson, NJ, with a time of 15:00. The top female athlete in the 5K was Nicki Nesi, age 23, of Pelham, NY, with a time of 18:05.

For a full list of race results visit https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-30998.

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Hundreds participated in a one-mile fun run/walk down Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie for the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash held on Saturday, June 10. The “first leg” of the weekend-long Walkway Marathon Race Series provided members of the community of all abilities with a race of their own through downtown Poughkeepsie.

The festive event also attracted numerous elected officials and community leaders. Walkway Board Chair Michael Oates introduced U.S. Congressman Sean Maloney, State Senator Sue Serino, State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison and City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale. Michelle Barone performed a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

More than 300 participants ran, walked or rolled the one-mile course, which started at Hamilton Street and finished on Market Street, where many well-wishers, including the elected officials mentioned above, awaited to encourage the participants.
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Tickets for Walkway members available on May 30; on sale to general public on June 1

POUGHKEEPSIE—The Walkway organization will once again offer ticketholders an incredible view of the City of Poughkeepsie’s annual fireworks display from Walkway Over the Hudson State Park on the Fourth of July.

Tickets to this annual community event sponsored by the Walkway Over the Hudson and other area businesses can be purchased online or at participating local establishments (see below).  Proceeds help fund fireworks, emergency services, and Walkway programs.

Walkway Members will be able to purchase tickets online only for $10.00 each at walkway.org starting at noon on Tuesday, May 30.  The general public will be able to purchase tickets for $12.50 each online at noon on Thursday, June 1 or in participating stores. Children 10 and under are free although registration and tickets are required.  Everyone entering the park must have a ticket for admittance to the eventPurchase Tickets

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Special Ability Fun Run/Walk Through Downtown Poughkeepsie Kicks Off Walkway Marathon Weekend

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—This year’s Walkway Marathon Race Series will again feature the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash on Saturday, June 10, which celebrates individuals in our community with special needs. The one-mile fun run/walk is open to everyone and takes place in 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 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, a popular element of the Walkway Marathon Race Series. Additional Walkway Marathon events include 5K, Half-Marathon and Full-Marathon races the following day on Sunday, June 11.

The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10th on Main Street near Hamilton Street and proceed down Main Street to a finish line at Mural Square, east of One Civic Center Plaza. As a result, Main Street between Market Street and Hamilton Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 am to 12 pm. Additionally, Academy Street will be closed northbound from Cannon to Main Street, and Catherine Street will be closed southbound from Mill to Main Street. All parking for this event will be in the Crannell Street parking area beginning at 8:00 a.m. Those interested in participating in the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash can register in advance by visiting walkwaymarathon.org. A fee of $10 will be charged for each race participant. Day of registration will also be available.

Grand Marshals of the 2017 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash

  • Edward “Buddy” Sommerfield, Abilities First
  • Jarrett Russ, Anderson Center for Autism
  • Elizabeth “Lizzy” Ramsey, Arc of Dutchess
  • Jessica Rainey, Cardinal Hayes Home
  • Kathleen Rivera, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County
  • Kenny Schaeffler, Devereux Foundation
  • Sarah Harrington, Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley
  • Karena Baez, Greystone Programs
  • Nabil Lopez-Reyes, Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities


Registration for the Walkway Marathon Race Series is still open -- visit walkwaymarathon.org

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