Great Pumpkin Challenge

The 16th Annual


MVP Health Care presented The 16th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge

and raised close to $17,000 (NET) to benefit Saratoga Bridges

On Saturday, October 15, MVP Health Care presented the 16th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge that benefitted Saratoga Bridges.  Held in the Saratoga Spa State Park, over 1,400 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers packed the Columbia Pavilion — raising close to $17,000 NET for our programs and services.  The 5 & 10K races resulted in the overall Male & Female 5K winners – Jeffrey Slaven from Albany, NY and Meghan Mortensen from Glenville, NY.  The overall Male & Female 10K winners – Michael Nickerson from Clifton Park, NY and Stefanie Fresenius from Ballston Spa, NY.  For 5K results CLICK HERE and for 10K results CLICK HEREFor 5K awards report CLICK HEREFor 10K awards report CLICK HERE. Anyone that placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their age group received a special gift from Saratoga Bridges.  If winners missed the awards ceremony, they can call the Saratoga Bridges Administrative Offices to arrange for pick up anytime Monday – Friday between 8a.m. and 4p.m.

Pictures below were taken at the 15th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge.  The event also included the popular Kids Fun Run for children 12 & under.  Many children dressed in costume as did some adults.  The winners of the costume contests are as follows:  Adult Costume – 1st place Ben Townsend “Bunny” & 2nd place Blake Wynia “Cow”; Boys Costume Winner – Ryder Lynch “Jockey” and Girls Costume Winner Lola Ferrillo “Haunted Ghost Bride”. 

The event featured NET Chip Timing from Albany Running Exchange, give-a-ways from their friends at MVP Health Care, homemade refreshments, pumpkins decorated by their day programs and many raffle prizes.  They had over 120 volunteers from Criminal Justice Students from BOCES, Quad Graphics, Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar and Saratoga Bridges staff, board members and friends.  Ainsley’s Angels and Saratoga Bridges’ own “Bridges Buddies” also finished the 5K, some of them for the very 1st time.

Our sincere appreciation to our 2016 Season Sponsors:

Presenting Season Sponsor:   Constance & Thomas D’Ambra

Lead Season Sponsors:   The Adirondack Trust Company;  DIAGEORelph Benefit Advisors

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

Associate Season Sponsors:   Champlain Wealth Management      

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;  Saratoga Casino Hotel    

Special thanks to our 2016 Great Pumpkin Challenge Sponsors:

If you would like more information on becoming a Sponsor, CLICK HERE.

Presenting Sponsor:   MVP Health Care

Featured Sponsors:   Druthers Brewing Company

Monster Sponsors:   BPAs;  The Fitzgibbons Family

Vampire Sponsors:  HIXNY;  Lia Auto Group;  OrthoNYPrice Chopper;  Roohan Realty;  TRAC-The Registered Agent Company

Mile Marker Sponsors:   Law Office of Stephen MastaitisNorthshire Bookstore;   Staples Business Advantage

In Kind Sponsors:  Ben & Jerry’s Saratoga SpringsCabot CheeseClear View Bag CompanyClif BarDeVoe’s Rainbow OrchardsPrestige Vending Refreshment Catering ServicesSaratoga TodayStone Industries

Media Sponsors:  Saratoga TodayWSBR

Great Pumpkin Challenge Planning Committee

Race Director: Jane Mastaitis

Skip Allen, Lena Benvenuto, Marjorie Brown, Karen Callan, Kim Fowler, Renee Hicks, Patty Paduano, Mark Sammler, Marissa Scally, Catherine Spaneas, Clark Spickerman, Tammy Thomas, Patty Twigg, Jackie Wright

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