Great Pumpkin Challenge

The 17th Annual

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saratoga Spa State Park

9:30a.m. Start (5K & 10K)

10:45a.m. (Kids Fun Run)

Registration is IN PERSON only at this point.

Download this registration HERE and stop in with payment by 10/13/17 at 6p.m.

5K & 10K Fees:

$30 (between 10/11 at 10a.m. and 6p.m. on 10/13 – in person only)


Kids Fun Run Fees:

$5 (by 6p.m. on 10/13 – in person only)


Poster, Course Map and Parking Map available HERE!

This event features a 5K (walk or run), 10K (run) and a Fun Run for kids 12 and under.  5K & 10K participants receive a long-sleeved moisture wicking shirt, a goodie bag and a raffle ticket while kids receive a goodie bag filled with festive treats.

Our staff & individuals bake homemade treats for all registered participants, our day programs will showcase their talents in the pumpkin decorating contest where kids can vote on their favorites & we’ll have prizes* for the top 3 finishers in each age group, male & female.

Albany Running Exchange provides Net Chip Timing for our 5K & 10K and disposable chips/bibs.

*PRIZES to the overall male and female winners based on GUN time & to the top three finishers in each age group division in the 5K and 10K based on NET time (No duplication of awards)

AGE GROUP DIVISIONS (5K & 10K): 14 & UNDER, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & OVER

All finishers in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive an award.

COSTUME CONTEST – Feel free to dress in costume!  PRIZES to Best Adult & Best Kids (Girl & Boy) Costume


  •  Arrive BEFORE 9a.m. for 5/10K and Kids Fun Run
  • 5K fast, flat, paved course
  • Long-sleeve moisture wicking shirts & raffle tickets to those that register for our 5 & 10K by 10/11 at 10a.m.
  • NO DAY OF Registration
  • Parking and Course Maps available HERE
  • Packet Pick Up:
    • Friday, 10/13 from Noon-6p.m. at Saratoga Bridges Administrative Offices or the day of the event at the Columbia Pavilion from 7:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.

Registration is IN PERSON only at this point.

Download this registration HERE and stop in with payment by 10/13/17 at 6p.m.

Stop by Monday-Friday between 8a.m.-4:30p.m. & fill out a form in person and pay by check, cash or Visa, MC or AMX

Visit us at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Bldg. 2, Ballston Spa, NY  12020

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event?  Find out more HERE!

Our sincere appreciation to our 2017 Season Sponsors:

Presenting Season Sponsor:   Constance & Thomas D’Ambra

Lead Season Sponsors:   The Adirondack Trust Company;    Relph Benefit Advisors;   Ketel One Vodka

Featured Season Sponsors:   CDPHP;   Coca-Cola;   Stewart’s Shops;   Tarella Financial Group

Associate Season Sponsors:   Champlain Wealth ManagementWhiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP      

Friend Season Sponsors:   The Bonadio Group;    Camoin Associates, Inc.;    The D.A. Collins Companies;    O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law;  Richard A. & Ann C. Peters

Special thanks to our 2017 Great Pumpkin Challenge Sponsors:

Featured Sponsor:   Druthers

Monster Sponsors:   BPAS Curran Investment Management;  The Fitzgibbons Family

Vampire Sponsors:  HixnyOrthoNYPioneer BankRoohan RealtySaratoga Cycling Studio; TRAC – The Registered Agent Company

Pumpkin Sponsors:   Accounting for All Ballston Spa National Bank

Mile Marker Sponsors:  Vahanian & Associates

Media Sponsor:   Saratoga Today

In-Kind Sponsors:  Cabot Cheese; Clearview Bag Co.;  Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt; Prestige ServicesPrice Chopper & Market 32Stone Industries

The Great Pumpkin Challenge Planning Committee

Race Director: Jane Mastaitis

Skip Allen, Lena Benvenuto, Karen Callan, Marissa Cornell, Greg Cuda, Linda Fay, Kimberly Fowler, Diana Hartt, Renee Hicks, Sarah Ingraham, Cathy Kukan, Breanna Miller, Lynn Muldery, Patty Paduano, Patricia Pate, Lisa Randall, Mark Sammler, Marissa Scally, Clark Spickerman, Patty Twigg, Jackie Wright

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Varney at 518.587.0723, ext. 1266 or email