Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor

By Donna Reyer

Poughkeepsie – NY

Tuesday on the eastern entrance of the Walkway Over the Hudson, big plans were announced that could bring major revenue to the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

On Saturday, June 13 nearly 1,500 runners are expected to converge for the first annual Walkway  Marathon race series, which is being presented in partnership with Dutchess County Government.  The event will feature a marathon, half-marathon and the already established Treetops to Rooftops 5K event.

Tuesday morning officials from the Walkway Over the Hudson organization, Dutchess County Government, Marist College and several other partnering organizations unveiled plans for the new premier running event. The marathon and half-marathon will serve as the Walkway organization’s primary fundraisers for 2015.  The marathon routes will begin at Marist College, include a significant stretch of the Dutchess Rail Trail in Dutchess County, cross over the Walkway Over the Hudson, with a turnaround on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Ulster County. Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart said, “We are fortunate to  be working with many other committed partners as well—such as Marist College, New York State Parks, Ulster County and the Town of Lloyd, Dutchess Tourism, Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club, the City and Town of Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and several others—in making the dream of a Walkway Marathon become a reality.”

Runners interested in registering for any of the Walkway Marathon races scheduled for Saturday, June 13th can do so by visiting the Walkway Marathon website at WalkwayMarathon.org. Registration will officially open on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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