Yesterday, Saturday, June 13, 2015 was the Walkway Over the Hudson inaugural marathon.
Oh, what a day it was!
This was an historic event in the Hudson Valley sponsored by the nonprofit Walkway Over the Hudson. I volunteered to help as I am a walkway volunteer and certainly wanted to be part of it.
As instructed, me and 2 of my volunteer friends arrived at the boathouse of Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, around 5:30 a.m. all excited.
This was my first experience at a marathon and had no idea what to expect.
The day started out looking very threatening. Will there be a thunderstorm? Kept fingers crossed and hoping not. Turned out to be a beautiful day, the sun came out, humidity was low, a bit gusty at times but overall a gorgeous day.
A total of 2500 runners registered for the 3 races – Treetops to Rooftops 5K, 13.1 miles half marathon and 26.2 miles full marathon representing 31 states and 6 countries.
The full marathon was a certified qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. I met one runner who qualified, another missed by 3 minutes but she was not disappointed because she had exceeded her personal best time. Another runner was so awed by the view of the Hudson River from the Walkway, stopped to take photos, and guess what? She lost time as a result but was OK with that as the view was just breathtaking and she had to take some photos.
The Walkway race is adhering to a strict set of 13 “committed practices” in order to be deemed the first “Green Race” in New York State, certified by Athletes for a Fit Planet http://afitplanet.com/
The half and full Marathon runners t-shirt was made with “burnout” (also known as devoré) fabric. I had no idea what burnout fabric was but one of the runners who is familiar with it explained it to me. Here is a link to learn more.
I had a wonderful time volunteering for the marathon, met many wonderful runners, will definitely volunteer again next year.