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2nd Annual WalkWay Marathon Draws Ukrainian Olympic Athlete

Ukrainian Olympic athlete Sergii Vashurin comes to Poughkeepsie by way of Canada


POUGHKEEPSIE—Accomplished Ukrainian Olympic athlete will be among the expected 2,500 runners from four nations and 21 states competing in the Second Annual Walkway Marathon Race Series being held in and around Poughkeepsie during the weekend of June 11th & 12th.

Organizers are pleased to announce the arrival of Ukraine runner Sergii Vashurin who will compete in the Walkway full marathon, just two weeks after winning the same race at the Saskatchewan Marathon race series in Canada. Vashurin placed first at the 38th annual marathon, with a time of 2:31:35. In addition to the Ukraine, runners from Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom are also registered for the Walkway Marathon Race Series, which is being presented for the second year by the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization in partnership with Dutchess County government.

In addition to a marathon, half marathon, and the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club’s Treetops to Rooftops 5K event being held on Sunday, June 12, the Walkway Marathon Race Series will feature for the first time on Saturday, June 11th the Think Differently Dash, a run specifically for people with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Organizers also announced local road closures that will be associated with the race series at various times throughout the weekend.

“We are incredibly pleased that the Walkway Marathon Race Series has attracted such a diverse group of registrants from across the United States and around the world in just its second year,” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “It will be a weekend full of activities as the Think Differently Dash brings an exciting new family friendly event to downtown Poughkeepsie on Saturday morning , followed by the Health & Wellness Expo hosted by Dutchess Tourism at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. On Sunday, the Marathon Series will draw thousands of participants, volunteers, and onlookers to Marist College, Walkway State Historic Park and the Hudson Valley and Dutchess County Rail Trails on Sunday.”

Sanctioned as the first “green” race in New York State by Athletes for a Fit Planet, organizers will again use sustainable practices pioneered last year, such as shuttling runners using Dutchess County Government’s public transit system’s hybrid buses, and incorporating race bibs and other elements made from recycled materials wherever possible. With a focus on reducing, reusing, and recycling materials— everything from paper cups to diesel fuel to old sneakers—organizers are committed to offering participants a race that is as eco-friendly as possible.

As Runner’s World columnist Roger Robinson recently stated, “The Walkway Marathon is an example of the growing trend to what might be called ‘off-road road races’. It is an event that takes advantage of the world’s rapidly increasing networks of well-surfaced recreation trails to provide race experiences that are scenic, traffic-free, and environmentally green.”

Charlie Cornacchio

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