10 Years of Waddling

It started 10 years ago with a question.  How can we bring families together to enjoy the outdoors while raising money for camp? The answer, the WA WA Wally Waddle. This Mother’s Day tradition will once again take place at the Vassar Farms Ecological Preserve in Poughkeepsie, NY and features 3 races.

Wally starting the kids race

100 yard dash with Wally for kids 6 and younger.

 1 mile race for kids 13 and younger.

Running the 5k

5k for anyone who can run/walk/hop 3.1 miles. The Wally Waddle comes alive with the help of WA WA Segowea alumni and current staff members, members of the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club, and community business sponsors. The Waddle features not only 3 races, but also face painting, balloon animals, and arts & craft projects led by Camp Segowea staff.

Child with balloon animals

As we enter our 10th year we have raised over $30,000 to help send children to Camp Segowea. Registrations for the events, day-of raffles, and donations collected around this healthy, community event go towards sending children to Camp WA WA for two-week sessions. Your participation at the Waddle is not only important for the fun of having more friends to join us, but also to help us send more kids to Camp each summer.10th Annual WA WA Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.

  • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
  • Sunday May 12th, 2019 (Mother’s Day)
  • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
  • Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
  • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
  • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
  • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
  • T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
  • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Register online here

Visit www.wallywaddle.org to learn more.

Do the work

Yearly Running Mileage Graph

It is no secret that I’ve been unhappy with my race times since leaving Rochester. I’ve had a few theories/excuses, but looking at the graph above it should be no surprise that I ran all my best times between 2011 and 2015. Even if I never run a PR again, I can still put in the time and miles. Now that I’ve settled into a job close to home, and the kids are more independent it is time to do the work.

Setting the Clock Back.

Sometimes a race catches me by surprise. The Ed Erichson was straight up shocking. I’ve had a lot of success racing the E.E. 5 miler, winning it twice and finishing second twice, but I hadn’t run the 10 mile until last Sunday. I was expecting a tough course with the two 200′ hills you can see in the image below, but I was not expecting tough competition. Occasionally some young burners show up for the 5 mile, and the two times I finished second I got smoked by over a minute, the 10 mile however, tends to be less competitive and I thought I would be in for an hour long grind against the clock.

Elevation Chart for the Ed Erichson. 2 Big Hills

Scott Downing (23-year-old former NJCAA 1500M National Champion) was expecting the same thing. It wasn’t until we were a few miles into the race running shoulder to shoulder that either of us realized we were in for a serious battle. After the race Scott confessed he was looking to run 6:10-6:20 pace as a training run and grab an easy win. Once the race started he assumed I was just going out too fast and would drop off the pace after a mile or two. By mile 3 he was trying to figure out if he would be able to out kick me if he could stick with me until the end. It turns out we were thinking basically the same things both before and during the race.

I spent the whole race trying to break away from Scott. I figured his youth would give him an advantage if it came to a sprint, but my “experience”, would give me an advantage in a long grind. Each lap I managed to pull away by 8-10 seconds, and each time we hit Croft Hill he closed the gap. You might think living in New Hampshire would give me an advantage when it came to hills, but it takes more than proximity to hills to get good at running them. I’m going to have to stop avoiding them on my training runs.

Scott came up on my shoulder as we flew down the Bushwick hill and I couldn’t shake him over the last mile. We made the turn onto Stringham with me on the inside stride for stride. We stayed stride for stride for about 3 strides and then he was gone. In the final 500 meters Scott put 6 seconds on me to win in 58:34. Despite being beat after leading nearly the entire race, I am very happy with my race. Without someone pushing me, I doubt I could have broken 60 minutes. He helped me run my fastest 10 mile race since I split 58:09 at the Flower City Half Marathon way back in 2011.

So thank you Scott. I hope you are still out there racing in 21 years, when some young punk crushes your dreams of glory with 1 minute to go in a race!

10 Miler Results

The Double Erichson

When you have run 100’s of races you tend to have a few repeat efforts. I’ve run the Ed Erichson 5 miler in LaGrange 4 times, 2015, 2013 , 2011, and 2003. It was one of the first races I did when i began running again 16 years ago. The Ed Erichson was one of the first races ever put on by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club back in 1979, and is named after one of the clubs founding members who died in a car accident in the 1980’s.

Race day consists of a 5 miler and a 10 miler. The 10 miler is basically a two loop version of the 5 miler, but with a nasty little hill at around mile 4 and mile 9. In my 4 years of racing the Ed Erichson I’ve never done the 10 miler, and have decided to take a shot at it this year. I’m not sure what kind of time I’ll be able to run, but I’m in the area this coming weekend and I have to do a long run anyway. I hope you’ll join me at the race. http://www.mhrrc.org/News/View.aspx?Articleid=1040