The Hudson Valley Marathon – A Picture-Perfect Weekend at the Walkway Over the Hudson

(May 10, 2023)           There’s no other experience quite like running directly over the Hudson River, and athletes had the chance to do just that this past weekend on May 7, 2023 at the Hudson Valley Marathon at the Walkway Over the Hudson, presented by Morgan Stanley. With the glittering water sprawling on either side of them, athletes made their way across the Walkway Over the Hudson towards the scenic and shady Dutchess Rail Trail.

With five distances to choose from, athletes of all ages and skill levels joined together to celebrate the sport of running and enjoy the beauty of the Hudson Valley. After crossing the finish line onto the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, participants received a complimentary beer from the Hudson Ale Works Beer Garden and three selections of post-race pasta courtesy of BLACKBARN Hudson Valley.

With such a flat and fast course, many athletes even walked away from the event with new personal records, including Hilary Topper, who beat her previous 10K time by two minutes. “I absolutely loved the Hudson Valley 10K race,” said Topper, blogger with “We ran on the Walkway Over the Hudson and saw the most amazing views. The trail continued through the Dutchess County Rail Trail which was shaded with several key water spots. This made for a fast race. I even PR’d it! The organization was incredible. The volunteers and staff were so helpful and between the views, the organization and the post-race activities, I was in my happy place.” Topper was joined by several members of her running club, WeREndurance. You can check out her full review of the day on her blog here.

Jamie Stroffolino took home the gold for the Marathon Presented by Imedview, with an incredible time of 02:47:02. Coming in first for the women in the Marathon distance was Laurie Monti with a 03:16:56 time. For the Half Marathon Presented by Naccarato Insurance, Michaela McMahon came in first for the women at 01:30:14. Ryan Carney from Bennu Athletics took first for the men with a time of 01:16:02. Overall winners in each distance were awarded gift certificates to Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie along with their medals. See below for the overall winners, and view the full list of results on Race Result here:

Marathon Presented by Imedview – First Overall Female – Laurie Monti – Time: 03:16:56
Marathon Presented by Imedview – First Overall Male – Jamie Stroffolino – Time: 02:47:02
Half Marathon Presented by Naccarato Insurance – First Overall Female – Michaela McMahon – Time: 01:30:14
Half Marathon Presented by Naccarato Insurance – First Overall Male – Ryan Carney – Time: 01:16:02
10K Presented by WMC Health – First Overall Female – Brianne Connington –Time: 46:09
10K Presented by WMC Health – First Overall Male – Matthew Gazin – Time: 39:42
5K Presented by Sawyer Savings – First Overall Female – Danielle Eckler – Time: 20:28
5K Presented by Sawyer Savings – First Overall Male – Max Boller – Time: 18:42
Mile Presented by J. Mullen & Sons – First Overall Female – Emily Loftus – Time: 7:37
Mile Presented by J. Mullen & Sons – First Overall Male – Brian Loftus – Time: 7:39

This event would not have been possible without the support of Walkway Over the Hudson, Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Dutchess Rail Trail, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Ulster and Dutchess County Sheriffs, NYS Police, NYS Parks Police Ulster and Dutchess County Emergency Services and Fire Departments, Ulster and Dutchess County, Town of Lloyd, Town of Lloyd Police, NYS Bridge Authority, and City of Poughkeepsie Police. Special thanks to all of the event sponsors and partners.

Join Alpha Win at their next event on July 1, the Hudson Valley Triathlon! With a gorgeous swim through the pristine spring-fed Williams Lake, followed by a bike ride to the Ashokan Reservoir, and a run on the historic Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, you’ll get to see plenty of scenic treasures in the Hudson Valley area. Check out the event here:

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