The winners of the 5K, half marathon, and marathon parts of the 2017 Walkway Marathon touch upon the brand new course.
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There are smart selections, and there are questionable selections. And typically, the best way life goes, questionable selections can morph into smart selections on the identical day.

This seemingly convoluted little bit of logic got here to thoughts when Bob Kopac shared with me the story of his participation in a distinctive race in Florida, again in May.

Here’s the smart determination half: Bob, and his spouse Lynne, a 14-year breast most cancers survivor, traveled from chilly Poughkeepsie (low of 36 levels in early May; keep in mind how cool this spring was?) to super-hot Clermont, Florida (excessive of 97 levels, fairly typical for the Sunshine State) for the Sommer Sports Bra Run on a spring Saturday morning.

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Here’s the questionable half, because the race identify may attest: All entrants — males and women — have been inspired (however not required) to put on adorned bras. According to Bob Kopac, who wrote an article about this race for the upcoming Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club publication, any entrant sporting a adorned bra was eligible for particular awards — greatest adorned, athletes selection, most unique, craziest, and most electrifying.

Here’s the place questionable turned smart — even noble: The Bra Run kicked off the “Girlz on Fire Women’s Health and Fitness Festival,” which benefitted the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. Much like the Miles of Hope Foundation locally, this Florida foundation serves breast cancer patients and their families in a very specific region. So when I saw Bob at the MHRRC Summer Track Series earlier this month and he told me about his “bra run,” I knew to not snicker about it — after he defined it to me.

“I used to be not embarrassed about sporting a bra,” Bob Kopac said. “Lynne is a 14-year breast cancer survivor, and after the fear, anguish and pain Lynne went through during her cancer journey — as most cancer survivors do — any uncomfortable feelings of mine about wearing a bra were insignificant.”

Smart, Bob, very smart.

He continued: “I did fear concerning the bra’s wind resistance slowing me down (my bra was 42D — go huge or go house), and I additionally apprehensive about being caught in a lightning storm whereas sporting the underwire bra.”

OK, Bob, now you’re treading again into the questionable space.

But wait! Here’s the punch line, and it’s a good one: “I need not have worried, and Lynne and I crossed the finish line together in 29:44, each first in our respective age categories.”

This is super, inspiring and humorous — all on the similar time. Lynne has been an inspiration in her continued operating pursuits during and after her most cancers analysis. And Bob’s not too shabby both, having endured a number of hip replacements, and nonetheless with the ability to full 5-kilometer races in respectable occasions.

Bob provided the next, scientifically challenged, principle as to why he and Lynne succeeded on this race:

“My concept is that Floridians run in humidity on a regular basis, in order that they turn out to be saturated with water that makes them run sluggishly or sloshingly.”

is that a phrase, Bob?

“Lynne and I, coming from up North, aren’t full of water from humidity and thus have a bonus. It in all probability has nothing to do with the truth that we practice on hills — one thing most of Florida doesn’t have.”

It was a good day for the Kopacs and household. Lynne’s sister, Jan Arcari of Clermont, gained the Most Electrifying Award. She had sewn a string of flower lights onto her bra — “and she or he hates stitching,” Bob stated.

Hilltopper Half Marathon

We have chronicled the various explanation why this coming Sunday’s Hilltopper Half Marathon is a worthy race so that you can attempt. Here’s one other: Eight-year-old Liora Kozokoff, the granddaughter of Krys Wasielewski, will probably be singing the nationwide anthem for this signature Junk Yard Dogs occasion, which begins at 7 a.m. on the flagpole at The Millbrook School in east central Dutchess County.

Wasielewski is among the founding members of the JYDs, who do such a nice job in organizing this free 13.1-mile race via the central and japanese Dutchess countryside. The JYDs meticulously arrange the course — arrows at each flip and mile markers at each mile, together with chilly water stashed out on the course. They maintain monitor of ending occasions, give every runner a T-shirt and post-race meals. All for the most effective entry payment there’s — a smile, a handshake and a good run on some hilly roads on an early Sunday morning.

For extra info or instructions, examine the race’s Facebook web page.

Peach Hill race

Speaking of hills … there’s a new race coming to city on Saturday, Aug. 5 — the inaugural Peach Hill 5K and Family Fun Run. The race flyer says “run for the ‘hill’ of it,” and that’s what you’ll do. Peach Hill Park, off Edgewood Road within the Town of Poughkeepsie, reaches the very best elevation within the city. The flyer calls it a “difficult 5K cross-country race” with complete elevation achieve and lack of 370 ft — that’s a lot for three.1 miles. There’s additionally a half-mile Family Fun Run on flat terrain on the park.

All proceeds will profit the “Friends of Peach Hill,” the volunteer not-for-profit group that helps and improves the park. For extra info, e-mail or go to The race flyer could be discovered at

Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club member Pete Colaizzo, the monitor coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, writes on operating each week in Players. He may be reached at