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.
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.
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!
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!