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Happy Pie Winner.

Happy Pie Winner.

Every year after the Wally Waddle my wife Lisa and I spend much of the 5+ hour drive back to Rochester, NY discussing the race. We talk about what went well and what we can improve. After 6 years we still find little details that need tweaking and some big ones that’ll I’ll get to later. It is the nature of race directors to worry about all the things that didn’t go as planned. But it’s also important to remember the successes.

Happy Runner.

Happy Runner.

We had beautiful weather and a fantastic turnout. Every year the race draws more families as evidenced by the growing number of kids mile participants and family 5k teams. The best part of the Waddle for me is seeing kids, parents, and grandparents all taking part in the various races. Three generations of Perks were at the race. We had a Perks in each event as well several volunteering. My wife and my mom have both spent their last 6 Mother’s Days at the Wally Waddle helping make the day great for others.

First Camp Segowea Alumnus Zach Korzyk.

First Camp Segowea Alumnus Zach Korzyk.

One of the ways we measure success at the Wally Waddle is by how much money we raise to help send children to YMCA Camp Segowea. This year we raised $3000, all of which goes to helping kids in the Hudson Valley attend Camp Segowea. By running the Wally Waddle 5k you are helping kids have a camp experience in which they will learn, play, and grow. The kids and volunteers thank you for your support!

Connie and Mike our Waddle 5k Champions.

Connie and Mike our Waddle 5k Champions.

When Lisa and I do our postmortem on the race we typically find small issues that we want to correct: the food table needed more knives, we forgot the camp alumni prize mugs, we didn’t order enough XL shirts, etc. This year, however, we had a big glaring problem. Our timing tent blew over, all the computers crashed to the ground, and the chip timing system that normally spits results as soon as runners cross the finish line took hours to get sorted out (You can see all the results here). As a result many of you sat around in the hot sun for much longer than you should have to find out how you did.

As a runner there are only a few things I really need from a race. I want an accurately measured, easy to follow course and accurate, timely results. This year we failed to give you accurate,timely results and for that I am truly sorry. Although we had a manual backup system in place and we did eventually get the complete chip timed results, we made you wait far too long for awards. I appreciate the patience you showed sticking around for the awarding of the pies and promise we will do better next year. Next year we will award the pies just one hour after the 5k begins.

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Pie!

We have some other changes in store for next year’s Waddle, the biggest of which is moving all the races up by 30 minutes. In an effort to get people out of the heat and on with their Mother’s Day, we will start the kids 1 mile race at 9:00 am, the kids 100 yard Wally dash at 9:20 and the 5k at 9:30. The awarding of the pies will begin at 10:30.

From me and the all the volunteers who help put on the Wally Waddle each year, thank you for your support. We hope to see you next spring at a more tightly-organized Waddle.

Ready for Race Day

May 5th, 2015 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
6th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
Benefiting Camp Wa Wa Segowea Camper Scholarship Fund
Time Sunday, May 10 · 9:00am – 12:00pm

  • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
  • Race Day registration 7:30-9:30 am
  • Kids 1 mile 9:30 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
  • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:45 am (free)
  • 5K Run/Walk 10:00 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
  • Awarding of the Pies 11:00 am
  • T-shirts to the 1st 200 Registered 5k runners
  • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids
Register online here.
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A huge Wa Wa thank you to all of this years race sponsors, we couldn’t do this without you.
Silver Sponsors.
Mid-Hudson Oral Surgeons
Tubby’s Bathroom Resurfacing
Morris Associates Engineering Consultants, PLLC
Adams Fairacre Farms
Mid-Hudson Road Runner’s Club
Justin Feldman Physical Therapy
The Derby
MVP Health Care
Caffe Aurora 
Sign Sponsors
Eric’s Fuel Service
WDST

Encouraging Lifelong Runners

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
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Start of the kids 1 mile race.

I still remember doing my first road race. It was the Cary Arboretum 2 miler. That was 30 years and 20,000+ miles ago. I’m committed to training properly now, but I  didn’t train for that first race.  On second thought, it is more accurate to say I didn’t know I was training for the race.

I had, like most kids, spent years running everywhere I went. I ran to my friends’ houses. I ran to get the mail. I ran playing tag, football, and kill the carrier. We had impromptu races on the play ground to see who was the fastest kid in the class.

Sign at my neighborhood elementary school playground.

Sign at my neighborhood elementary school playground.

As a runner, and a former kid, you can imagine my horror when I saw the above sign at my neighborhood elementary school playground. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I decided this must just be some sign that the playground manufacturers had to put up. Unfortunately that is not the case. My neighbor who has two kids at the school informed me that her kids complain daily about not being allowed to run during recess (although some teachers will occasionally turn a blind eye). No running during recess, because it is too dangerous!

Race Wally!

Race Wally!

 

While it saddens me that kids are growing up being told they aren’t allowed to run, I am all the more thankful I get to give kids a chance to become lifelong runners. For several years now the Mid-Hudson Road Runners club, with generous support from MVP Health Care, has offered free preregistration for kids races at many of their events. For the past five years, the Wally Waddle has had both a 100 yard Wally Dash (for kids 6 and younger) and a 1 mile race (for kids 13 and younger). The 100 yard dash requires no registration and is held just before the start of the 5k on the rugby field at Vassar Farms. The 1 mile race is free if you preregister your child at www.mhrrc.org and only $5 on race day ($10 gets you registered and a great kids t-shirt).

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Finishing the 1 mile race.

So join us this Mother’s Day and set your child on the path to lifelong fitness!

  • Sunday May 10, 2015 at Vassar Farms in Poughkeepsie, NY
  • 7:30-9:00 am Race Day Registration and Preregistration packet pick up
  • 9:30 1 miles kids run (13 and under)
  • Kids shirts will be on sale for $10 at race day
  • 10:00 am 5k run/walk
  • 11:00 (or thereabouts) the awarding of the pies to 5K age group winners!

Mother’s Day Tradition

April 30th, 2015 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Once again we will be doing Wally Waddle 5k Mother’s Day Family Teams! What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than running as a family? There will be 2 categories for the family teams: Mother/Daughter and Mother/Son. Only one team per family (sorry Mom’s with multiple running kids you are going to have to pick your favorite.) Prizes will be award to the team in each category with the fastest combined time for the 5k.

Caffe Aurora is once again sponsoring the Mother’s team with gift certificates to each of the winning teams.

Caffe Aurora!

Caffe Aurora!


 Use the form below to sign up your team. You still need to register for the race individually either online at the MHRRC website or on race day.

A Prize Worth Running For

April 10th, 2015 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Yum!

The Wally Waddle 5k always has a great variety of pies: cherry, apple, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, moon, s’mores, chocolate velvet, and blueberry have all been part of our offerings. The Waddle pie-makers are pleased to announce that our 2015 age-group prizes will once again include a gluten-free apple crumble and  a gluten- and dairy-free s’mores pie. We wanted to take this step to make our prizes more inclusive. Over 2 million Americans eat gluten-free diets because of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, including the person who maintains the gluten free runner blog. We modified her recipe for the s’mores pie to also make it dairy free. Each home-made pie will be properly marked but if you get a gluten and/or dairy free pie and you have no dietary restrictions, no worries: we promise they taste just as good as the “regular” pies!

Yum!

Yum!

 

As always home-made pies will be awarded to the male and female overall and age group winners in the following categories:

19 and younger
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

In addition to award pies, there will be a free pie raffle based on your bib number.  We normally have 7-10 pies to give away during the raffle so make sure you stick around for your chance to win!

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Wally Waddle sign-up today https://www.mhrrc.org/MHRRCshoppingCart/RaceOrder.aspx 

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Thank you

May 16th, 2014 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The 2014 Wally Waddle was our biggest and most successful Waddle to date.  We had record numbers for both the 5k and the kids mile run.  We raised over $3000 to send kids to YMCA Camp Segowea and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.

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An event like this doesn’t happen without a whole bunch of people doing lots of hard work.  Camp Segowea alumni make up a large portion of our volunteer force, doing everything from directing runners and managing race day registrations, to face painting and fundraising.  The Mid-Hudson Road Runners always show up in force to help with timing and scoring the race, and we had a great crew of current Camp Segowea employees on hand to help setup and talk with parents about camp.  And of course I can’t forget to mention our many pie elves who bake nearly 30 pies every year!

A big part of our annual success is due to our business sponsors.  They help provide awards as well as dollars to help send area children to camp.  Please consider supporting them in return.

Mid-Hudson Oral Surgeons
Tubby’s Bathroom Resurfacing
Morris Associates Engineering
Justin Feldman Physical Therapy

Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club
The Brown Derby
Caffe Aurora
Radio Woodstock WDST 100.1
Rudy’s Bagels

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There were 193 5k finishers this year (up from 178 last year), and the first one across the line was a familiar face.  After a one year hiatus Mike Insler returned to win this 4th Wally Waddle 5k, while  Connie Seigh took the top spot for the women.  You can find all the race results including the 1 mile and the family team scoring on the results page.

Charlotte Kopp was on hand taking hundreds of photos.  You can see them all on her Shutterfly page http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0IYt3DRqzYs2K9 .  

Thank you to everyone one ran, walked or did a little bit of both.  I truly hope you had a great time and I look forward to seeing you all again next Mother’s Day.

A Greater Variety of Pies!

April 22nd, 2014 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The Wally Waddle 5k always has a great variety of pies: cherry, apple, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, moon, s’mores, chocolate velvet, and blueberry have all been part of our offerings. The Waddle pie-makers are pleased to announce that our 2014 age-group prizes will include a gluten-free apple crumble and  a gluten- and dairy-free s’mores pie. We wanted to take this step to make our prizes more inclusive. Over 2 million Americans eat gluten-free diets because of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, including the person who maintains the gluten free runner blog. We modified her recipe for the s’mores pie to also make it dairy free. Each home-made pie will be properly marked but if you get a gluten and/or dairy free pie and you have no dietary restrictions, no worries: we promise they taste just as good as the “regular” pies!

turtle shaped pie

Maybe these little guys will be added to next year’s pie offering. From http://blog.girlybubble.com/2010/05/

 

As always home-made pies will be awarded to the male and female overall and age group winners in the following categories:

19 and younger
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

In addition to award pies, there will be a free pie raffle based on your bib number.  We normally have 7-10 pies to give away during the raffle so make sure you stick around for your chance to win!

The Waddle Holiday Tradition

April 20th, 2014 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Over 600 people participated in the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Turkey Trot races in 2013, making it one of the biggest running events of the year. Why is it that Turkey Trots are such a popular tradition? The Waddle organizers hope to capture three of those reasons with our race: pies, family, and holiday tradition.

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Pies. Turkey is fairly bland, but pie is full of flavor. We took the best part of Thanksgiving dinner and made it part of our race, handing out pie-prizes to the age group winners and free raffle pies after the awards are given.

Family. The 2014 Waddle includes a new Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter competition, along with enhanced free family fun. Mothers with adult children can do the 5K together and mothers with little children can watch their kids race, play games, and get their faces painted. And if Mom’s dream day is to sleep in and enjoy a quiet house by herself, Dad can take the kids to the Waddle and bring them back happy and tired.

Holiday Tradition. The Waddle takes place on Mother’s Day every year. This means you always know when the race will be, and you can build it into your traditional Mother’s Day celebration. Take Mom to the races and start the day with exercise before celebrating with a delicious brunch or lunch. (Unlike Thanksgiving, make sure that Mom doesn’t do any of the cooking.)

Register Today at MHRRC!

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Over the past 4 years the Wa Wa Wally Waddle has raised over $15,000 in camper scholarships.  This money is used to send children from the Hudson Valley to YMCA Camp Segowea (pictured above).  Some of the money raised comes from your race registration fees and we thank you for your support every year.  Without you there would be no Wally Waddle.  But much of your registration fee goes toward putting on the race: there are t-shirts and awards to buy, porta-potties to be rented, credit card fees for online registration, security to be hired from Vassar College, food, drinks, face paint, balloon animals… anyway you get the idea.  We could, like many fundraising races, charge $25 $30 or even $50 for a 5k race, but we always strive to balance our fundraising goals with our desire to keep the event accessible to largest number of runners possible.

That is where our amazing sponsors come in.  Each year business from the Poughkeepsie area have generously donated to the Wally Waddle allowing us to give kids who would otherwise miss out, an opportunity to attend YMCA Camp Segowea.  This year’s sponsors include:

I encourage you to support our sponsor’s businesses as they have supported your community.

If you are a business owner (or know one) please consider changing a child’s life, and sponsoring the Wally Waddle.  We have many sponsorship levels to choose from and can work with you on a sponsorship that benefits both you and Camp Segowea.  To find out more visit our Wally Waddle Sponsorship page or email me.