File photo of previous Dash
POUGHKEEPSIE – Registration is now open online for the 2018 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile, a partnership between Dutchess Tourism Inc., and First Friday Poughkeepsie. The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile are run/walks for individuals of all abilities, and all are welcome to participate.
The Dash and Mile will join the citywide First Friday celebration on September 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is $5 per person through September 4. Participants are guaranteed T-shirts and finisher medals if they register before August 15th; day-of registration ($10) will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. on September 7.
The race route will begin and end outside 22 Market Street; the course will also include Main, Academy, and Cannon streets. Road closures will begin on event day at 2:30 p.m. ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash participants will loop around once, and the Queen City Mile will consist of two loops.
“We are pleased to host the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash in the city again this year, and we are honored to work with Dutchess County Government and all of the ThinkDIFFERENTLY partners who work tirelessly to make our community more inclusive and accessible,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.
This year marks the third year the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash has been held, having attracted hundreds of participants in each of its first two years.
“Dutchess County Government’s successful ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative encourages a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals of every ability,” County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said. “Our ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash fosters empowerment and connects our community, and its participants inspire us to overcome challenges. We look forward to hosting our third successful Dash and showing how the City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County ThinkDIFFERENTLY.”
First Friday Poughkeepsie is held every month from April to December, dependent on weather, and aims to increase awareness about the City of Poughkeepsie and showcase it as a thriving, safe, and attractive place to live, run and do business. For further information and to register go to, http://firstfridaypk.com/ or https://dutchesstourism.com/.