Registrations have been pouring in for all 3 races: the 5K, the free kids mile, and free kids 100 yard dash. This year promises to be even better than last years Waddle with more people more fun and of course more Pies!
Join us Saturday night before the race for our 2nd annual Pasta Dinner
Our t-shirts have just come in from the printer and they look great. Sign up today before they are all gone.
We are focusing our fundraising efforts this year on camper scholarships. All the money raised at this years race will go toward sending children up and down the Hudson Valley to Camp Segowea. To puncuate our focus on kids, we are adding a free Rugby Field Rush for kids under 10. Kids under 10 will have a chance to race Wally the Turtle across the rugby field at Vassar Farms and win ribbons. Of course we are also holding a free 1 mile kids run for kids 13 and younger again this year.
Would you like to spend a spring morning at an ecological preserve, run a 5K on a scenic
dirt road, listen to some music, and maybe win a fresh-baked pie? The second annual Wally
Waddle boasts these defining features. After a successful inaugural year, we’ve added more pies
and entertainment. We’ve also enhanced the race in a few ways: The race course has been altered
to avoid some winter-born potholes, and there is a new 100 meter dash to get some younger
runners-to-be started on a path of lifelong fitness.
The money raised by the Waddle goes toward providing scholarships for local children
to attend Camp Wa Wa Segowea in the Berkshires. Segowea is located just an hour away from
Poughkeepsie and should be credited with having a long-term positive impact on the lives of
hundreds of Dutchess County residents since it opened in 1928. The Segowea experience gently
encourages kids to try new things that take them out of their comfort zone. Many first-time
Segowea campers never swam in a lake, sang taps, ate wild blueberries, hiked several miles,
danced the Time Warp, or transformed from stranger to friend in just a few days. Segowea
creates a safe space for its campers to experience remarkable growth, learning about both self
All of the Perks children attended Camp Segowea, together I would guess we have spent
close to 50 summers playing in those woods. Not only did all the Perks kids attend camp as
campers, we all spent at least a few summers working on the staff. Even my wife Lisa was once
a Camp Segowea camper, and later the camp nurse. For several years, as economic hardships
forced the close of the Dutchess County YMCA and Camp Segowea, it looked as if I would
never have a chance to send my own kids to Segowea. Because of fundraisers like the Wally
Waddle, and the wonderful support of our community, it won’t be long before another generation
of Perks kids, and kids from all over the Hudson Valley, are packing their trunks and heading off
to the Berkshires to make their own lasting memories.
Please come out to Vassar Farm on Sunday May 15th to support the Waddle and Camp
Segowea. You can run on a scenic course, compete for pies, and know you’re helping give a
local child the life-changing opportunity to attend summer camp.
#83 Mike Insler takes first place and would have PR’d if he paid attention to the map.
Wally Waddle was a Wonderful Success
The 1st Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5K was a wonderful success. Runners were greeted by a beautiful sunny spring day, and 28 of them got to go home with pie! Before getting into details about the race, and the pies, I have to thank all the members of the MHRRC who came out and volunteered on race day.
The Waddle was my first attempt at directing a race, and without the guidance and support of the club it would have been a disaster. In particular I want to thank MHRRC members Deborah Schwartz and Tom Storey for scoring the race, Pete Sanfilippo and Steve Perks for managing the finish line and club president Keith Axelrod for all his help and advice. I would like to extend a general thanks to the club for helping buy the t-shirts for the race and for the generous use of supplies and race equipment. Thank you James McCowan, the Vassar College Track/XC coach, and Vassar College for allowing us to use the property, and for donating your time to support our race.
Of course I can’t forget all the people who came out to run. It is you after all who really make these events possible. We had 74 finishers in the 5K and 8 finishers in the kid’s mile. Mike Insler, who I dragged down from Rochester with me, was the overall winner of the 5K. He finished the gently rolling course along the dirt roads of Vassar Farms in 16:34. Marisa Hanson was the first female finisher with a time of 18:42. Both times are course records which will never be broken as we are changing the course next year to both start and finish on the rugby field (this year the race started by Hooker Ave. and finished on the rugby field.)
Evan West followed up his win last week at the Miles of Hope half mile, with a win in the kid’s mile. He led the field of 8 finishers with a time of 7:29. 7 year old Raven Stanet took top honors for female finishers with a mile time of 10:05. For complete results and pictures of both the 5K and the 1 mile kids run you can visit www.mhrrc.org or the Wally Waddle site, www.friendsofsegowea.org.
Now onto the pies! Because this race was a fund raiser for YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea, I thought it would be fun to involve as many camp alumni as possible. Many alumni were nervous about running a 5K so we decided to put together a 10 person relay team. Each member of the alumni relay team ran a 500M leg, any runner completing the race before the relay team won a freshly baked pie. The alumni surprised themselves by completing the race in 20:30 resulting in 10 runners winning pies. We awarded pies to the next 8 female runners, in the name of gender equity and raffled off the remaining 10 pies.
We hope to see you back at Vassar Farms again next year for the 2nd annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle. Next years race will feature a new and improved route (no pot holes) and of course more PIES!
I would like to thank our current Wally Waddle Sponsors.