Walkway Over the Hudson Marathon 2016
Half and Full Marathon Entering the Dutchess County Rail Trail
5k Runners over the Bridge and onto the Rail Trail
On the Walkway
Marathon winner Mark Rabasco of Pittsfield, MA had a finishing time of 2:52:29 and female winner Katie Messina,Boston, MA, finished 26.2 miles 3:14.
Top half marathon times were Sam Heraghty of Poughkeepsie, NY 1:16:57 and Rachel Sleeter of Hyde Park, NY in 1:25:61.
Heraghty, 19, said he enjoyed the course.
“In the beginning it was humid but it cleared up,” Heraghty said.
Joe Souza, 63 also of Poughkeepsie, appreciated the rail trail.
“Nice rail trail, nice surface,” Souza said.
Steven Rizzo, of Wappingers Falls, finished his 5k 15:52. And Kayla Sullivan, Poughkeepsie, in 20:26.
The two wheelchair division finishers were Peter Gafliardo of Poughquag, NY and Maria Bournias of Fort Lee, NJ.
Fred Neff, 73, of Georgetown, Texas and his wife are Marathon Maniacs. The pair working on completing a marathon in every state. Neff, as many other runners, appreciated the running surface of the rail trial and the view over the Walkway.
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The 1905 finishers in Sunday’s Walkway Over the Hudson Marathon, Half and 5k had a gorgeous day for running. The half and full marathons started at Marist College at 7:00 and ran a short distance on roads before turning onto the Dutchess County Rail Trail for an out and back over the Walkway(WWOTH).
5k runners started the bridge and finished 3.1 miles at the finish on Marist Campus.
Marist runners were all over this race. According to Marist Athletics 60 of the overall or age group finishers were Marist Athletes or Alum-Athletes. Spectators enjoyed seeing the team along the course shouting encouragement to the Red Foxes as they raced by.
The temps were in the mid-60s for the start of the race, by 8am when the first marathoners were crossing the WWOTH it was 69 and the wind was picking up.
For many runners this was their first half marathon. The mostly flat course is friendly for a first timer. The nicely paved surface of the rail trail and the limited amount of road running all combine to make the WWOTH an ideal first half or full marathon. Hills, rough roads, and vehicles are not really a concern so runners can just focus on running.
Spak on Track, a team of teacher from Spakenkill Union Free School District formed a team and trained for the half and 5k. At least 17 ran the half marathon, according to Jen Rubin, Middle School teacher.
She, Stephanie Moshier, and Erica Sautter, excited talked about their training and running experiences.
They all planned to wear their Walkway Marathon t-shirts to school on Monday.
The Marathon Project, an innovative distance running after school initiative that pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth ages 12-18 throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, had runners finish the half marathon as a result of their participation in the project.
The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Health and Wellness Club “Learn To Run” program had several finishers in the 5k.
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