Wally Waddle Free Family Fun

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.


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. 


Register for the Wally Waddle Today!

A few words about Wally Waddle prizes (Pie!).


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!

Race Details For the 5th Annual Wally Waddle

The 5th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and kids run helps send children of the Hudson Valley to YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea, located 1 hour from Poughkeepsie, NY in the Berkshires.

The Waddle is run every year on Mother’s Day and is a excellent opportunity for family to do something healthy together.  The race is run on the closed dirt roads at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve across the road from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  There are awards for top male and female finisher, age group winners, and mother’s day team winners.  Most awards involve pie!

Register online by 11:59 Friday night May 9th by visiting the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club Website https://www.mhrrc.org/MHRRCshoppingCart/RaceOrder.aspx .  There is no extra fee for using the online registration option and it will save our volunteers a lot of work if you preregister.  It will also save you $5 ($7 if you are a MHRRC member) off the cost of race day registration.

  • Sunday May 11, 2014
  • 7:30-9:00 am Race Day Registration and Preregistration packet pick up
  • 9:30 1 miles kids run (13 and under) shirts will be on sale for $10 at race day.
  • 10:00 am 5k run/walk
  • 11:00 (or there abouts) the awarding of the pies! and other awards.

It may not look like it but spring is right around the corner.

Even as the Northeast digs out from another blast of snow, spring is inexorably inching closer.  That means it is time to sign up for your spring races, starting with the Wally Waddle 5k.   We are very excited to have a new awards category this year.  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.

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 via the mail-in flyer.


Never too early to think about Waddling

As summer turns to fall, our minds drift to thoughts of fresh picked apples , which in turn leads us to think about pies, which of course leads us to think about the 5th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k!


While May is admittedly a long way off I’ve already begun planning for the 2014 Wally Waddle (actually I started planning for it  “waaaaay laaaast Maaaaayy” sorry couldn’t resist a little camp humor!)

2013 was the most competitive waddle yet.
2013 was the most competitive waddle yet.

The 2013 Waddle was a great success, even without the presence of yours truly.  I promise I’ll be there in 2014 running the show with new improvements to our ever growing event.

Focus on Moms.

The 2014 Waddle will have a new awards category, with a focus on moms.  As the Waddle is run on Mother’s Day every year, we thought it would be nice to give all those smoking fast moms out there a chance to win a special prize.   We will be giving away a free brunch at a local eatery (if you are an eatery and would like to sponsor this prize let us know!) to the Mother/Daughter and Mother/Son teams that have the fastest combined time in the 5k.

Also to help out mom  (and I suppose dad), YMCA Camp Segowea staff and alumni will be available to keep your kids busy while you run.  We will have a number of fun activities for kids ages 3+ taking place on the rugby field during the 5k race.

5 Year Awards

To celebrate our 5th year doing the Wally Waddle we will be presenting special, to be determined, awards to anyone who has finished all 5 years.  The short list of people who have done the first 4 years is:

Easton, David,
Fiege, Michael
Goran, Steven
Hodus, Jon,
Korzyk, Zach
Lange, Cheryl
Meluch, Andrew
Mittleman, Elisha

If I have left you off the list and you have finished the Waddle each of the last 4 years please let me know.

Stay tuned for more updates and have a great fall racing season!


It’s Wally Time.

After a year of eager anticipation it is finally time to waddle again.  We are just a few days away from the 4th annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k. We have over 120 runners preregistered for this years race including last years second place finisher Mike Chow and last years woman winner Marisa Strange.  For the first time since the Waddle started we will have an overall winner other than Mike Insler, as he is unable to attended due to his pending nuptials.

Race Wally!
Race Wally!

In addition to the 5k we also have 2 kids runs.  A FREE timed and scored 1 mile for kids 13 and younger (over 30 kids already signed up), and a free untimed unscored 100 yard dash for kids 9 and younger.  Both kids races take pace before the 5k, with the mile starting at 9:30 and the 100 yard dash going off at approximately 9:50.  All three races start and end on the Rugby field.

Great Course!
Great Course!

For details on getting to the race and race maps please see our course page.  We ask that you park in the new lot on top of the hill by Hooker Ave and walk down to the rugby field.  Vassar Security will be on hand to direct parking.  If you haven’t preregistred we encourage you to do so by 11:59 pm Friday night May 10th by visiting the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club Website https://www.mhrrc.org/MHRRCshoppingCart/RaceOrder.aspx .  There is no extra fee for using the online registration option and it will save our volunteers a lot of work if you preregister.  It will also save you $5 ($7 if you are a MHRRC member) off the cost of race day registration.

  • Vassar Farm
  • Sunday May 12, 2013
  • 7:30-9:00 am Race Day Registration
  • 9:30 1 miles kids run (13 and under)
  • 9:45 100 yard dash kids run (9 and under)
  • 10:00 am 5k run/walk

A big thanks to this years sponsors!
We could not do this race without your support.

Anthony C. DiLullo Financial Planner
Cold Moon Farm B&B
Mid-Hudson Oral Surgeons
Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club
Morris Associates Engineering
Roadkill Racing
Tubby’s Bathtub Resurfacing
Zimmer Brothers Jewelers

Getting Ready for the 2013 Wally Waddle

Preparations are now in full swing for the 4th annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5K and free kids races.  The race continues to raise money for Dutchess County children to have the life-enriching experience of attending YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea.

Race Details (download flyer)

  • Vassar Farm
  • Sunday May 12, 2013
  • 7:30-9:00 am Race Day Registration
  • 9:30 1 miles kids run (13 and under)
  • 9:45 100 yard dash kids run (9 and under)
  • 10:00 am 5k run/walk

As always Overall and Age Group winners will receive Home Baked Pies!

You can preregister online at the Mid-Hudson Road Runner’s Club.  Keep your eye on the Wally Waddle website for more information on our race.

Camp Alumni Makes Race Debut

Great article in the Poughkeepsie Journal today about Peter Van Aken a Camp Segowea alumni from the 1960’s who ran his first road race and reconnected with camp at the same time.  http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20120524/SPORTS06/305240027/On-Run-new-runner-born-from-unlikely-place

Wally Waddle Was Wonderful

I need to start by thanking all the amazing people who helped make this years Wa Wa Wally Waddle a truly smashing success.  To the pie makers and timers,  runners and spectators, fundraisers and sponsors, big kids and little kids, first time waddlers and long time road racers I could not do any of this without you.  You have helped grow the Waddle into the incredible success that it is today, thank you.

With your help we raised over $4000 to help send kids from the Mid-Hudson Valley to YMCA Camp Segowea. I encourage you to visit the Camp Segowea website to learn more about our camp and to consider sending your child there for a life enriching experience they will never forget.

As Waddle tradition dictates ,home-made pies were given out as prizes to the overall and age group winners.  Our Segowea Alumni baked over 20 pies and those not given out as prizes were given away during the post award free pie raffle.  10 lucky raffle winners went home with home-baked pies!  Lana of Bella Cakes made turtle cupcakes for all the kids who ran the 100 yard dash and the mile.

Mike Insler and Marisa Strange have won the Waddle all 3 years!

Another Waddle tradition was upheld with local racing legend Marisa Strange, and out of towner Mike Insler each winning for the 3rd year in a row.  While Marisa cruised to a 40 second victory over 2nd place Female Rachel Sleeter, Mike Insler needed a course record 16:13 to hold off local stand out Mike Chow who finished just 3 seconds back.

Mile Winners Isabelle Hatch and Griffin Sarachek

The kids 1 mile (which might have been 1.1 miles) was won by 10-year-old Isabelle Hatch and 12-year-old Griffin Sarachek.  The 9 and younger age group was won by Isabelle Serrano and Achille Sarachek.


Full results for both races are linked below along with a link to all the photos taken by Bob Kopak.



Thanks again to our Sponsors

Babycakes Café
CAYA Restaurant & Café
Finnish Solutions
Mid-Hudson Oral Surgeons
Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club
Molloy Pharmacy
Morris Associates Engineering Consultants
Roadkill Racing
Soul Dog Restaurant
Tubby’s Bathtub Resurfacing
Zimmer Brothers Jewelers