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Posted on December 5, 2016

(Photo by Fred Schaeffer. Featured in the 2017 Runners World Calendar.)

Be one of the thousands of athletes to Conquer the Walkway this summer! We listened to your race feedback and we have great changes underway for 2017. Keep an eye on as we announce all of the great updates as they unfold.

Walkway Marathon Fast Facts

  • The Walkway Marathon races are primarily run on the nationally recognized Hudson Valley Trail Network, an 18 miles contiguous off-road, asphalt rail-trail.
  • Verified by Athletes for a Fit Planet, the Walkway Marathon is the first GREEN Marathon in New York State, with over 78% of event waste recycled each year.
  • Competitive and fun for registrants and spectators alike. Athletes from 6 countries and 32 states, including many who qualified for the 2016 and 2017 Boston Marathon.

Walk or run in the Walkway Marathon Full, Half, 5k or ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th. These races are for EVERYONE! Register the whole family today at and be a part of the party at the waterfront!

(Photo by Bob Kopac. 2016 Walkway Half Marathoner.)

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Posted on December 2, 2016

Join us for the City of Poughkeepsie’s 23rd Annual Celebration of Lights!!

Walkway Over the Hudson invites you to join us 
Friday, December 2, 2016 (5:30-8 pm)
Upper Landing Park (83 N. Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY)

for a holiday celebration that includes a visit from Santa, light refreshments, and the perfect location to view the fireworks. The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Elevator will only be open and accessible through Upper Landing Park only for patrons to view fireworks.  Walkway members are complimentary; Non-members are asked to contribute a suggested donation of $5. Not a Walkway member? Join Now!

 Walkway Over the Hudson joins the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the City of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Cars, Rhinebeck Bank, City of Poughkeepsie PBA, Dutchess Beer Distributors, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, McCabe & Mack, Sedore & Company, Vanacore Debenedictus Digovanni Weddell, Dorsey Gage, Prime Retirement Assets, Central Hudson, Salisbury Bank, Hickey-Finn, A&R Security, Ginsberg Foods, City of Poughkeepsie CSEA, and others to host the annual Celebration of Lights event on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Celebration of Lights parade in the City of Poughkeepsie commences at 6:30 pm.
Parade Route:
Main Street to first tree lighting at Commerce Park, continue on past arterial down Main Street right onto North Clover Street to Dongan Square Park, across from Noah's Ark & Cafe Aurora for a second tree lighting. Fireworks at approximately 7:15 pm.

Upper Landing Park is located at 83 No. Water Street (just north of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum) is a perfect place to view the fireworks! Come join us!!!
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Posted on November 28, 2016

Let's continue building...our stories, memories, connections!

What do you see when you envision your Walkway experience? Close your eyes for a moment. Feel the wind as the winter air nips at your nose. Visualize the beauty of the river as it is covered with ice and snow. Reach out, touch the railings, and imagine the sound of the trains that used to rumble across the bridge right where you are standing. Together, we have transformed the Great Connector, from a former industrial railroad connection into the significant economic engine it has become today.

Each year nearly 500,000 people enjoy the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Men, women and children of all ages and walks of life use this splendid community asset to connect, relax and transform their health and their day.

With your support, we can continue to offer and expand the programs and events on the Walkway that enhance life in the Hudson Valley.

The Walkway has become a powerful symbol of community in the Hudson Valleyestablishing a strong bond between two counties; linking an urban center with its more rural counterpart across the river. We are asking you to share in our vision by making an end of year contribution to the Walkway.


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Posted on November 21, 2016

Pictures with Santa and his Sleigh Available Friday, November 25th!

(Photo by Christian Rohrbach)

Santa Claus is coming to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park on Friday, November 25th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Visitors are welcome to have their picture taken with Santa and his sleigh at the Walkway's Center Overlook. Photos taken will be made available online at Visitors are also welcomed to take photos of their own.

During Santa's visit, stop into the Walkway's West Pavilion for the last open weekend of the season. Ma & Pa's Kettle Corn will also be open on the Walkway West Approach with hot chocolate, coffee and more available for sale.

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Posted on November 15, 2016

(Bank of America representatives award Walkway Over the Hudson with $20,000 grant for Building Sustainability Practices Program. From Left to Right: Kathleen Smith, Walkway Over the Hudson Board Director; Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director; Jillian Pasco, Bank of America - Vice President of Albany & Hudson Valley Community Relations; Cindy Barbuti, Bank of America – Vice President-Market Manager; Adam Kramer, Bank of America – Financial Center Manger II; Donna Mannix, Bank of America – Administrative Assistant; Scott Kendrick, Merrill Lynch – Senior Vice President-Wealth Management. Photo by Irving Solero Photography.)

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--The Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization and Bank of America launched the Walkway’s new Building Sustainability Practices Program this week at Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie.

The group will use a $20,000 grant from Bank of America to purchase and install new Bigbelly solar-generated trash compacting and recycling stations at the east and west entrances to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. The grant will also fund educational interpretive signage, sustainable practices training for Walkway’s Volunteer Ambassadors, and other programmatic enhancements at the world-renowned linear park that spans the Hudson River between Dutchess and Ulster counties.

“This generous grant from Bank of America will enable us to begin expanding a sustainability program in Walkway State Historic Park in many meaningful and highly visible ways,” said Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart.

“At Bank of America, we recognize the responsibility we have to strive towards a more sustainable world,” said Jennifer MacPhee, Bank of America Market President for the Albany & Hudson Valley region. “We are proud to support Walkway Over the Hudson and the great work they do promote sustainability practices in our community.”

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