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Why We Waddle

April 9th, 2018 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Swimming in a pristine lake, reading under the shade of generations-old oak trees, racing through the woods during a game of capture the flag, sleeping in a bunk-bed and drifting off to the croaks of bullfrogs or the far-off hoots of a great horned owl, living and playing with people of all backgrounds: that is Camp WA WA Segowea. Kids find their independence, make lifetime friendships, and learn how to live conscientiously in a community. Everyone’s experiences and journeys are unique, but Smith Park of New York (SPONY), believes Camp WA WA Segowea offers true, life-changing growth that should be accessible to all kids, from all backgrounds.

SPONY alumni and friends are the backbone of these experiences. They help to fund Camper Scholarships through events, social campaign fundraising, and through volunteer service. This is how Camp WA WA Segowea can give the summer outdoor camp experience to those that need a little extra help.

 

 The Annual WA WA Wally Waddle 5K and Kids Run is organized by WA WA Alumni in cooperation with the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club and held on Mother’s Day every year at Vassar Farms Ecological Preserve in Poughkeepsie, NY. This popular family event directly funds Camper Scholarship for Camp WA WA Segowea. Registrations for the events, day-of raffles, and donations collected around this healthy, community event go towards sending children to Camp WA WA for two-week sessions. Your participation at the Waddle is not only important for the fun of having more friends to join us, but also to help us send more kids to Camp each summer.

Please join us for the 9th Annual WA WA Wally Waddle 5K and Kids Runs.

    • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
    • Sunday May 13th, 2018 (Mother’s Day)
    • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
    • Kids 1 Mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister, $5 on race day)
    • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
    • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
    • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
    • T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
    • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Register online here

Vote for Your Favorite Pie!

April 4th, 2018 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Race organizers and volunteers wanted to do something exciting to celebrate the Wally Waddle’s 9th year. Taking the advice to “do what you do best,” we’ve decided to offer all registered 5K participants a slice of pie this year! We are pleased to announce a pie partnership with Barton Orchards, a wonderful Dutchess County business with locations in Poughkeepsie and Poughquag.

Barton Orchards has pledged delicious apple pies (a perennial favorite), but now we need your help. We want to know what other pie filling you’d like.

Please take a moment to vote for your favorite pie.

Which Barton Orchards' pie would you like to see (and eat) at the 9th annual Wally Waddle?

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Pie for all!

March 19th, 2018 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The 9th annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle is adding a new crowd-pleasing feature: a free slice of farm-baked pie to all registered 5K participants. A member of the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club made the pie slice suggestion, and we are happy to oblige. Not to be left out, participants in the free kids races will receive a cupcake. Our tradition of offering home made pie prizes to age group winners will continue. Second and third places in the 5K age groups win Waddle pint glasses. The top 3 boys and girls in each mile age group will take home Waddle key chains.

The Wally Waddle 5K walk/run and free kids races will take place on Sunday, May 13th at Vassar Farm Ecological Preserve. The 1 mile kids run (free for pre-registered participants, $5 race day) begins at 9:00 a.m. The 5K ($20 pre-registered, $25 race day) begins at 9:30. Register online through the Mid-Hudson Road Runners club website (www.mhrrc.org) or in person on race day.

The Waddle organizers set a goal in 2016 to announce prizes an hour after the 5K starts. We have met that goal each year and will continue that tradition in 2018. We want to pack in a lot of fun, hand out exciting prizes, and get you home to enjoy the rest of your day.

In honor of Mother’s day, mother/daughter and mother/son teams will also compete for Caffé Aurora gift certificates. 5K times will be added up to see which families earn dessert and bragging rights. You can sign-up your family team here.

All Waddle proceeds go toward camper scholarship for Hudson Valley children to attend beautiful Camp Wa Wa Segowea. Camp Segowea has provided Hudson Valley children with memorable summers for over 100 years. The Waddle is organized by dedicated alumni who want to preserve the Segowea experience for families of all means.

At the event you can learn more about Camp Segowea, get your exercise for the day, tire out your kids, and spend a beautiful spring day at Vassar Farm.

9th Annual WA WA Wally Waddle 5k

March 10th, 2018 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It may not feel like it right now, but spring is on the way, and with it the 9th Annual WA WA Wally Waddle 5k and kids run. This Mother’s Day tradition will once again take place at Vassar Farms and features 3 races: a 100 yard dash with Wally for kids 6 and younger, a 1 mile race for kids 13 and younger and a 5k for anyone who can run/walk/hop 3.1 miles. Preregistration ends at midnight Friday May 11th.

9th Annual WA WA Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
    • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
    • Sunday May 13th, 2018 (Mother’s Day)
    • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
    • Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
    • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
    • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
    • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
    • T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
    • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Register online here

2016 Results

May 8th, 2016 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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The full results from the 2o16 Wally Waddle 5k and 1 mile kids run are available on the Results Page. Below are the winners for each race.

Overall 5k Winners
Mike Insler (5 time winner)
Melissa Guckian

Overall 1 Mile Winners
Frank Vanzillotta (2nd year in a row)
Olivia Serrano
Family Teams
Mother/Daughter
The Millennium Falcons: Natalie Cartwright and Isabelle Serrano
Mother/Son
Southview Sprinters: Traci Meyer and Brendan Meyer

Nominate a Pie

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

In the Wa Wa Wally Waddle’s first year (2010), you had to beat a Camp Wa Wa Segowea alumni relay team to receive a pie. In the second year, we settled on our permanent formula: pies to all female and male age group winners, with extra pies raffled off.

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Pies have been the Waddle’s “special” from the start, the feature that makes the race memorable and unique. Sure, we have a great race date, a fast course in a serene setting, and other “extras” that make it an exciting morning, but we are known for being the pie race.

For eight years, our wonderful volunteers have baked chocolate silk pies, apple pies, cherry pies, coconut cream pies, whoopee pies, berry pies, s’mores pies, and an assortment of other confections. We recently added gluten- and dairy-free pies to the mix.

Here’s my question for you all to answer below: What pies would you like to see at the 2017 Waddle? We’ll draw from the list and make some new ones to motivate our runners and walkers.

One of our goals this year is to announce our winners about an hour after the 5K starts. This means we’ll stay on target to get you home in time to have pie for brunch.

Thank you to everyone who has already registered for the kids mile or 5K. And for those of you who haven’t yet attended a Waddle: Give us a try. You might win a pie!

2016 Wally Waddle 5k

March 2nd, 2016 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)
7th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
Benefiting Camp Wa Wa Segowea Camper Scholarship Fund
    • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
    • Sunday May 8th, 2016 (Mother’s Day)
    • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
    • Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
    • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
    • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
    • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
    • T-shirts to the 1st 200 Registered 5k runners
    • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Please note the 1 mile kids run and 5k run start 30 minutes earlier this year. We have moved the times up in an effort to get people on with their Mother’s Day celebrations more quickly.

Register online here

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What We Loved and What We Can Do Better

May 14th, 2015 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
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, has offered free preregistration for kids races at many of their events. For the past 7 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!

8th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
Benefiting Camp Wa Wa Segowea Camper Scholarship Fund 
    • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
    • Sunday May 14th, 2017 (Mother’s Day)
    • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
    • Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
    • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
    • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
    • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
    • T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
    • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Register online here