MVP Health Care presented The 15th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge and raised close to $21,000 (NET) to benefit Saratoga Bridges

The 15th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge


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GPC2015 236On Saturday, October 18, MVP Health Care presented the 15th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge that benefitted Saratoga Bridges.  Held in the Saratoga Spa State Park, over 1,500 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers packed the Columbia Pavilion — raising close to $21,000 NET for Saratoga Bridges’ programs and services.

Congressman Paul Tonko was at the Starting Line to kick off the races which resulted in the overall Female & Male 5K winners — Mesha Brewer from Saratoga Springs, NY and Derrick Staley from Ballston Lake, NY and the overall Female & Male 10K winners — Diane Ryan from Malta, NY and Sully Sullivan from Schenectady, NY.  For 5K results CLICK HERE ( and for 10K results CLICK HERE (

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The event included the popular Kids Fun Run for children 12 & under, NET Chip Timing, Disposable Bibs/Chips, give-a-ways from their friends at MVP Health Care, homemade refreshments, pumpkin and costume contests and many raffle prizes.  It was also a part of the Saratoga Springs Centennial Celebration.  The Centennial Celebration committee presented certificates for official t-shirts from Impressions of Saratoga to the 19th and 15th finishers in both the 5&10K races.  The winners were: 10k – 19th Place: Brian Ciota from Saratoga Springs and 15th Place: Abigail Carnevale from Saratoga Springs 5k – 19th Place: Ryan Abatto from Clifton Park and 15th Place: Nicholas Lanzillo from Troy.  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
2015 Season Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:  Constance and Thomas D’Ambra

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

Featured Season Sponsors:   Coca-Cola        Stewart’s Shops

Associate Season Sponsors:   The Bonadio Group     Camoin Associates, Inc.     Champlain Wealth Management Reinhardt    D.A. Collins Companies     O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law     Saratoga Casino & Raceway     Tarella Financial Group

Special thanks to our
2015 Great Pumpkin Challenge Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:   MVP Health Care

Lead Sponsor: Price Chopper

Featured Sponsor: Druthers

Monster Sponsors:      BPAS      The Fitzgibbons Family

Witch Sponsor:

Vampire Sponsors:    Lia Nissan of Saratoga     OrthoNY      Palio Ignite    TRAC-The Registered Agent Company

Pumpkin Sponsor:    W.B. Mason

Raffle Sponsors:   Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course    Albany’s Indoor Rock Gym    Glimmerglass Opera Festival    Maestro’s at the Van Dam    Northshire Bookstore    Okemo Mountain Resort    Proctors    Sacandaga Outdoor Center    Saratoga Cycling Studio    Saratoga Olive Oil Co.     Saratoga Strike Zone   The Fun Spot   The Hyde Collection

Mile Marker Sponsors:   Staples

In Kind Sponsors:    Clear View Bag Co.     Freihofer’s Bakery    Saratoga Today    Stone Industries

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event CLICK HERE

If you have questions, please contact Deanna Rizzo at 518.587.0723, ext. 1242 or email