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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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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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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 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

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Beginning May 18, the Emmy-Award winning PBS series, Treasures of New York, will take viewers across New York State on a journey along various railway corridors that have been re-purposed as recreational bike and pedestrian trails, in the new documentary, Rails-to-Trails.

The film details the history of some of the more than 100 rail trails that line the state, including Manhattan’s renowned High Line and our own Walkway Over the Hudson. This feature explores the natural beauty and rich history of New York and the serene settings that allow people to escape the hustle of 21st century living.

Thursday, May 18 at 8 pm on WLIW21 New York
Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm on THIRTEEN (PBS).

The program will also be available to stream online at as of 7 pm Sunday, May 21.

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April 30, 2017

Walkway Over the Hudson was featured in the Metro section of Sunday’s New York Times.  It was a great plug for the Walkway and nearby attractions.


Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Executive Director, Walkway Over the Hudson, on the Poughkeepsie waterfront with the New York Times article

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Posted on April 19, 2017

"A new race highlighting the City of Poughkeepie and new initiatives to boost local business involvement are among the changes for this year's Walkway Marathon event in June.

The annual event, which features four races over two days, has drawn thousands of runners eager to traverse the Walkway Over the Hudson each year since beginning in 2015."


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Posted on February 8, 2017

"If you ever wanted to volunteer at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, here's your chance.

Training sessions will be held for those who want to be Walkway "ambassadors," the volunteers who serve as tour guides and greeters, and share information with visitors, Walkway officials said via press release."


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Posted on February 6, 2017

"ALBANY - Attendance at the Walkway over the Hudson soared in 2016, with a 22 percent boost in visitors last year.

Similarly, attendance at New York parks grew 6 percent last year and has soared 21 percent over the last six years, state records showed."


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"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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Posted on January 14, 2017

"KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says the planned Empire State Trail will be a “significant boost” to the county’s tourism industry and the county’s own efforts to develop a “world-class rail trail” in Ulster County."


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