Poughkeepsie resident’s love of running started with a dog

Every runner has a story about how and why they started in our sport. For Colleen Traut, that story starts with a dog and expands, improves and blossoms with – of all things – a pandemic.

Traut, a 52-year-old Poughkeepsie resident, is one of many runners who has grown to love the sport thanks to the community-based running programs started and organized by Kim Caruso at Fleet Feet Poughkeepsie. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit late last winter, Traut’s work-from-home lifestyle suddenly freed up more time for running, walking and hiking.

And now, in 2021, like many other local runners, Traut has reached new heights – thanks in large part to fellow runner and friend Angela Legg’s brilliant Hudson Valley Elevation Challenge, which has spurred on hill-chasing pursuits from Traut and many others.

“I started running in 2017 when we got our dog, Pax,” Traut wrote in an email interview. “We really got him for the kids, but you know how that goes. Now, he’s my consistent running partner and a very good pacer. ”

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