Pie for all!

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.

A Greater Variety of Pies!

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

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!

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!