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Thousands Run in 2nd Annual Walkway Marathon Races

Thousands Run in 2nd Annual Walkway Marathon Races


Nearly 5,000 runners, spectators, supporters, and volunteers converged in the Hudson Valley on July 3rd for the second annual Walkway Marathon Race Series as organizers declared the event a “huge hit” with runners of all ages and experience levels. More than 2,500 registered for the event representing 21 states and 5 countries, including the US, United Kingdom, Brazil, Ukraine, and Singapore. Organizers will begin planning for an even bigger race in 2017.

The best overall time in the marathon was posted by Mark Rabasco, 21, of Pittsfield, MA with a time of 02:52:32. The top runner in the women’s marathon was Katie Messina, 24, of Boston, MA with a time of 03:14:07. The winning runner in the half marathon was Sam Heraghty, 19, of Poughkeepsie, NY with a time of 01:17:00. And the winner in the women’s half marathon was Rachel Sleeter, 23, of Hyde Park, NY with a time of 01:25:36. The wheelchair marathon was won by Peter Gagliardo of Poughquaq NY with a time of 02:23:39. The women’s wheelchair marathon winner was Maria Bournias of Fort Lee, NJ with a time of 03:22:05. Kara Lightower of Orange, CT came in third place for the female full marathon race.

“Once again the Walkway Marathon Race series has demonstrated the unwavering commitment of Walkway Board, staff, volunteers and partners to put on this unique and successful event,” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “Dutchess County Government, Dutchess Tourism, Marist College, Mid-Hudson Road Runners, New York State Parks and many other partners have again demonstrated how teamwork between agencies, nonprofits and businesses can do remarkable things. We drew runners from 21 states and four countries to the Hudson Valley for this signature event.”

Along with the long established Treetops to Rooftops 5K race, which started at the Walkway State Park’s western entrance, the event featured marathon and half-marathon routes that began at Marist College, included a significant stretch of the scenic Dutchess Rail Trail in Dutchess County, and crossed over the Walkway Over the Hudson, with a turnaround on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Ulster County.

For a full list of race results visit or for more information visit or call the Walkway office at 845-454-9649.

Pictured: Top three overall female winners in the full marathon. From left to Right: Walkway Board Member Christina Bark, Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Third Place Overall Winner Kara Lightower (Orange, CT), First Place Overall Winner Katie Messina (Boston, MA), Second Place Overall Winner Abigail Williams (Highland, NY), NYS Senator Sue Serino, New York State Parks Commissioner for the Taconic Region Randall Fleischer. Photo by Tim Middlebrook.

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