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Please read the 2023 DCC Athlete Guide for information on race weekend!  Be sure to follow our Facebook page, "MHRRC / Dutchess County Classic" for any last minute updates!


Race Info

Join us for the 45th Annual Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club Dutchess County Classic!

This years events will be split over two days with the 1k Kids Fun Run and 5k on Saturday, September 16th on Robinson Lane in Wappingers Falls, NY and the 10k and Half-Marathon on Sunday, September 17th on the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail / Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY.

All courses are flat and scenic, great for seasoned runners and first timers alike.  The races will showcase the beauty of the Hudson Valley, including beautiful farm land and views of the Hudson River.

Each race is professionally timed and takes place on a USATF certified course, making the Dutchess County Classic a "must-race" for anyone looking to set their next PR.

There are t-shirts for runners who register prior to Sunday August 20th, 11:59 pm. Please note that there is no guarantee you will receive a t-shirt if you register after August 20th.


Finisher medals will be for the 5k, 10k, half marathon and a special finisher medal for anyone who finishes a race on both days.  In order to receive the special finisher medal for competing on both days you must register for a "COMBO" event.  COMBO prices reflect a $5 discount.

There will be price increases for all races on May 1, July 1 and September 11, so register early to save!

Start Location / Time / Course

Saturday, September 16th (5k & Kids 1k Fun Run)

The kids 1k race will be held on Saturday, September 16th, starting at 8:30 am from Robinson Lane Park (95 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590). Kids who are pre-registered always run for free. This event is for kids ages 12 and under.

The 5k race will be held on Saturday, September 16th, starting at 9:00 am from Robinson Lane Park (95 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590).  The race has been brought back to its original course.  This is a flat, out and back course and is USATF certified.

Sunday, September 17th (Half-Marathon & 10k)

The half marathon and 10k will both start and end at Dutchess Community College (53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601).  Both races will start at 7:30 am. There is a wheel chair option for the half marathon only.

Due to the large volume of runners expected, area road closures and the likelihood for congestion during parking, it is recommended that you arrive at the race at least an hour before race start time even if you already have your bib.

Both the half & 10k will enter the Hudson Valley Rail Trail via the Morgan Lake Trailhead and will include an out & back over the Walkway Over the Hudson.  The 10k runners will head to the finish when they get back near the Morgan Lake Trailhead while the half marathon will continue straight at Morgan Lake and do an out and back from there to the end of the overpass on Manchester Rd and then finish along Creek Road to DCC.  Both courses are USATF certified.

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Giveaways & Prizes

There will be giveaway shirts (image to be released once available) for all kids, 5K, 10k and half marathon participants who register before Sunday, August 20th, 11:59 pm. There is no guarantee that you will receive a t-shirt if you register after August 20th. Half marathon, 10k and 5k participants will receive finisher medals as well as a special medal for anyone who completes a race on both days.  Prizes will be given for the top 3 overall finishers in each race as well as awards for the top 3 in each age group (10 year age groups).

We will have CASH prizes for our top 3 overall male and female athletes in the HALF-MARATHON ONLY.

1st = $300, 2nd = $200, 3rd = $100

Restrictions & Special Circumstances

Runners may register for only one race per day.  Runners must maintain a pace of at least 15 minutes or better in all events with the exception of the kids 1k fun run.  All participants under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian approval to run a race.

If you have special circumstances which require direct attention, please let us know -- we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please direct all inquiries and requests to

Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.  Selling your entry, or running the race under someone else's entry will result in disqualification from this year’s race and exclusion from future events.

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