Move over, New Paltz, Poughkeepsie is making its way onto the adventure town map. After 35 years of dormancy, Poughkeepsie’s now-complete railroad bridge opens up a new playground for hiking, biking, and taking in the Hudson River Valley, just in time for leaf-peeping season.
At 212 feet high and 1 ¼ miles long, the Walkway Over the Hudson is also the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge and will eventually connect 25 miles of rail trails on either side of the Hudson. Some residents celebrated the opening of the bridge with a Rooftops to Tree Tops 5K Run yesterday, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Runners Club.
So you missed the race? Find a 5K in your area, check out runnersworld.com, a comprehensive race search engine where you can search by location, distance, size, type, name, and date range. Or click through runningintheusa.com or runtheplanet.com. —Michelle Faber
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