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

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 - (1 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 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!

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.

Wally Waddle Free Family Fun

March 31st, 2014 | Posted by joshua in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The Wally Waddle is expanding in its fifth year to add more free family fun. Come for the free kids races and stay for a whole morning full of camp games, face painting, and balloon animals. As parents of two little ones, Josh and Lisa know how important it is to get the kids out of the house for fresh air and fun–especially after this tough winter! We want the Waddle to be an event your kids remember and look forward to, just like our oldest daughter who points at Vassar Farm and asks, “When is the Waddle Waddle?” whenever we drive by.

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Whatever you call the event–the Wally Waddle, the Waddle Waddle, the Big Turtle Race, or the Pie Race–we hope you join us on Mother’s Day for lots of free family fun. 

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Register for the Wally Waddle Today!

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5 years ago when we started the Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k we wanted to do something different to set us apart from the many other races available to Hudson Valley runners.  Being a bit of a running purist (snob), I didn’t want to make the actual race itself anything other than a straight forward 5k in a beautiful setting, so that led us to coming up with a great prize. Sure some people like medals, and some like trophies, while still other prefer gift certificates, but many runners have closets and shelves full of those things (well probably not gift certificates hopefully they spend those).  So what is the one thing that ever runner wants?  The answer; PIE!

Seriously, have you ever met a someone who doesn’t like pie?  If you have, I can guarantee that person wasn’t a runner.  Heck Runner’s World editor Mark Remy even has a section of the site dedicated to pie and pie related stories.

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The first year of the Wally Waddle we came up with convoluted way to award the pies.  We had 10 Camp Segowea alumni run as a relay team during the 5k, and any runners who beat the relay team won a pie.  This lead to a great deal of confusion among the runners, so in our second year we decided to give a pie to the over all winners and the age group winners.  This turned out to be much less confusing, and also allowed the camp alumni to actually run the whole 5k if they wanted to.

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So right about now you might be thinking, “I’m a runner, I like pie, but I don’t think I can win my age group.  Maybe the Wally Waddle isn’t for me.”  Well don’t fret yet!  You see, all our pies are baked fresh by our wonderful team of Camp Segowea alumni, and they are such a dedicated bunch that they always bake way more pies than we need for the age group awards.  Now a greedy man might keep all those extra pies to himself, but I’m not such a man.  I like to give back to the people.  After all the age group pies have been awarded, we raffle off the extra pies based on bib numbers.  All you need to do is finish the 5k and your automatically entered into the fresh baked pie raffle!

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So runners young or old, fast or slow, man or woman, all have a chance to go home with a PIE!  But we don’t stop with pie, oh no.  We have more wonderful prizes.  To see the full list of Wally Waddle awards see our Prizes Page.  Register online now!