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Saratoga Bridges’ 23rd Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge

Snapshot from last year’s Saratoga Bridges Great Pumpkin Challenge, 2022. Photos provided. Snapshot from last year’s Saratoga Bridges Great Pumpkin Challenge, 2022. Photos provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Bridges will host its 23rd annual Great Pumpkin Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The event includes a 5K, 10K, and Kid’s Fun Run, starting and finishing at the Columbia Pavilion in the Saratoga Spa State Park, according to a press release. The races are NET Chip-timed.

The fundraiser benefits Saratoga Bridges’ essential non-funded or underfunded programs, services and activities, as well as assists with rewarding their staff.

Individuals, friends, families, coworkers and corporate teams can register at The registration fee is $25 through Friday, Sept. 15. The registration fee increases to $30 beginning Saturday, Sept. 16. 

Online registration will end on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. After Tuesday, September 26, registration will only be available in person at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd. in Ballston Spa on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 27 and 28, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 29 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. No registration will be available after this time.

Saratoga Bridges will also be holding a virtual option for $30. T-shirts will be mailed to virtual participants. Times for virtual can be submitted to the timing company. The first 1,500 registered will receive a long-sleeve moisture wicking shirt. 

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd males and females in each age group. There will be giveaways, refreshments, donated food and beverages, favorite pumpkin and costume contests.

For more information on volunteering or about the event, contact Pamela Polacsek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-587-0723 ext. 1255.

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