Bringing Back the Classic Race – A Great Competition For All Abilities

September 30, 2014

All of us at Helen Hayes Hospital are thrilled to be bringing back the Helen Hayes Hospital Classic Race on October 5, 2014. The fist Classic took place in the pouring rain in 1983, but that did not dampen the spirits of everyone who was involved. The Race continued through 1997 and in its heyday, the Classic was one of the NYC metro area’s largest and most anticipated races, bringing in star athletes from across the country. These athletes not only included runners, but also world-class handcyclists and wheelchair racers, such as the late world-record-holding wheelchair racer, John Rodolph. After a 17-year hiatus, with the resurrection of the Classic this year, we hope to see a new generation of athletes tackling our challenging 10K course through Haverstraw and Stony Point.

In addition to the excitement of the race, we are looking forward to connecting with members of our community during our race day festivities. All are welcome to enjoy food, live entertainment, face-painting, a bounce house, spin art, dunk booth and more in our Family Fun Activity Zone on the grounds of the hospital. We will also have a one-mile Fun Run for anyone who may not feel ready to take on the 10K.

The day is not only a chance to have fun and join together in cheering on the Classic racers, but to get to know each other and support the HHH Foundation. The Foundation supports so many worthwhile programs and services here at the Hospital and the proceeds from the event will ultimately benefit our patients.

This year’s Classic is dedicated to the memory of Niles M. Davies, Jr. who passed away earlier this year. Davies was a founding organizer of the very first Classic and took tremendous pride in the race and the hospital. It is our immense privilege to launch the new era of the Classic in his honor.
To register for the race or fun run, please visit To support race participants who are raising funds to benefit the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation’s support of a wide array of rehabilitation programs, services and equipment, please visit

We hope you will join us on October 5th for an amazing day dedicated to health, hard work, and our community. See you at the Classic!

-Matthew Castelluccio
Race Director
Adapted Sports Coordinator