Inaugural Hen Hud Race Raises Funds for District

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Jeanine MacFadyen was one of the organizers of Saturday's fundraiser in Montrose for the Hendrick Hudson Community Educational Foundation. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo
Dr. Frank Dorsa, a cardiologist who has a son and a daughter at Hendrick Hudson High School, said he hadn't run a road race since the 2009 New York City Marathon. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo
Runners at the start of the Healthy on the Hudson 5K Race and Walk on Saturday in Montrose. The event raised money for the Hendrick Hudson Central School District. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo

MONTROSE, N.Y. – The Hendrick Hudson Community Educational Foundation held its first Healthy on the Hudson 5k Race and Walk on Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting district programs.

The nippy morning temperatures didn't prevent about 150 adults and students from lacing up their sneakers and lending their support for a good cause at Hendrick Hudson High School.

"I think it's a wonderful event. A lot of people have put a lot of effort into this to make it a success," said Dr. Frank Dorsa, a cardiologist who has a son and a daughter in the high school. "I hope it makes a lot of money for the schools and helps foster a sense of community."

Jeanine MacFadyen, one of the organizers for the foundation, said the idea for the fun-filled day, which also included an indoor Health Expo, fitness classes, a tennis round robin and healthy-cooking demonstrations, came from a similar event in Ossining.

"We had no idea how it would play out, but it's a beautiful day," said MacFadyen, who has three children attending schools in the Hendrick Hudson Central School District. "We really liked the idea of families coming out together, exercising and promoting health."

The race and walk started at the high school and went down Trolley Road to Kings Ferry Road to Verplanck, then back to the high school. The top finishers received gift certificates from Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Great event, glad I participated. All the volunteers should be congratulated. Would be wonderful to get double the participants next year if held again!

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