We Waddled

Another wonderful WA WA Wally Waddle 5K has come and gone. We had beautiful spring running weather. More than 200 people came out to Vassar Farms to take part in our morning of racing and fun.

Photo by Bob Kopac

First up was the kids 1 mile run with 38 finishers from ages 4 to 13. Eleven-year-old Matt Califano was the first boy finisher with a Waddle course record of 5:38.69 edging out 13-year-old Patrick Tirch by less than a second. Doriana Tirch was the first girl finisher in 7:27.

1 mile winners Matt Califano and Doriana Tirch . Photo by Bob Kopac.

Next up was the running of the rugby field with Wally the Turtle for the youngest kids. This is a great way for kids under 6 to engage in some healthy exercise and friendly competition.

Running of the rugby field. Photo by Bob Kopac.

With the kids’ races done, it was time for the Wally Waddle 5k. 168 people (and a few dogs) ran or walked the (mostly) dirt road course for pie and glory.

The lead pack: Noah Froh, Ethan Husted, and Adam Beach. Photo by Bob Kopac.

 First time Waddle winner, 17-year-old Ethan Husted, bested the field by nearly a minute running an impressive 16:50. Tara Farrell, also a first time waddler, was the woman’s winner in a stellar 19:37.

Overall Wally Waddle Winners Ethan Husted and Tara Farrell. Photo by Bob Kopac

All registered 5k participants were able to feast on donated bagels from The Bagel Shoppe and fresh-baked pie slices from Barton Orchards

Mr. and Mrs. Wally with a table of delicious pie slices.

Once the races were over it was time to hand out awards. Every year a special award goes out to our first male and female Camp WA WA Segowea alumni finishers. This year Desmond Teague, and Sarah Matzner proved to be the speediest WA WAs. We also honored 2 “Rock Star” volunteers: Liz Caravan for her annual support at the registration and face painting tables and Wally the Turtle for generally being awesome each of the last 9 years.

Wally getting his award. Photo by Bob Kopac.

As always, age group winners were treated to a home made pie and pint glass. Our amazing team of bakers make dozens of pies every year, pies that you will never find in a store, such as Nutella Pecan or Snickerdoodle Apple Cream.

Pie makers Elisha and Katie. Photo by Bob Kopac.

Please visit our Results Page to see all of this years finishers. It means the world to us that you choose to spend your Mother’s Day at the Wally Waddle. You keep showing up, and we’ll keep putting on the race and baking the pies.

Lastly a huge WA WA thanks to our many race sponsors. Businesses from around the Hudson Valley support us each year with cash donations or material support for the race. Because of their annual support, we are able to keep our 5k entries fees low, while still raising money for children in the Hudson Valley to attend Camp WA WA Segowea.

2018 Sponsors. Photo by Bob Kopac.

2018 Wally Waddle Sponsors

Adams Fairacre Farms
The Bagel Shoppe
Barton Orchards
Caffe Aurora
CPD Energy
The Derby
DSL Financial
Feldman Physical Therapy
The Hodos Family
HealthQuest
Morris Associates
Radio Woodstock
Tubby’s Bathtub Resurfacing

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