It's race season

Race Season Wide Schenectady 5k

It was a cold Schenectady Firefighter's Run for Your Life 5k this past Saturday.

By Liz Clancy Lerner

Spring's technically here which means race season is too. In the Capital Region there are lots of runs, walks, rides and triathlons to take part in.

Whether you do it for the competition, for the t-shirt, or for the charity there's likely a race around here that'll interest you...

Here are some local races that are happening in the next two months. You know, just in case you want to train.


April 2: The Parker School's trails for a family 5k fun run in Wynatskill. The race starts at 10am. *Good to know: Childcare is available to registered runners.

April 9: The Sage Colleges are having a 5k run/walk in Troy. Registration fee covers t-shirt and post-race food.

April 16: This sounds fun: Dodge the Deer 5k and mile fun run at Schodack Island State Park is Saturday, April 16th. *Chase the Chipmunk, Dodge the Deer and Bully the Bear will be there to race and entertain kids and kid-like adults.

April 23: Feel okay about eating Easter chocolate: in Guilderland there's a Rabbit Ramble 4 mile run and 2 mile walk. *Registration closes on Friday, April 22.

April 30: Choose between a 10k and 5k at the 8th Annual Spring Runoff on at the Corning Preserve. Proceeds benefit the St. John's/St. Ann's Outreach Center *There's a pasta dinner and race packet pick-up the night before this one.

May 7: Support breast cancer research by running the Jog for Jugs 5k and Half Marathon in Duanesburg. *All half marathon entrants registered by April 15 will receive a dry fit shirt.

May 14: The 22nd Annual Prospect Mountain 5.67 mile run takes place in Lake George. There's 1,601 feet of elevation, but you're on a mostly paved path.

May 19: CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge -- form a team (four people -- all the same gender, or two of each) with your co-workers and compete against other teams on a run 3.5 mile course through Washington Park. Racers, joggers and walkers welcome. Entry deadline is May 13.

May 22: SPAC's 5k Rock and Run in Saratoga. There's live music and timing clocks around the course. *This is another race with performance shirts for the first 750 to pre-register.

May 28: Five kilometers of rough terrain with military inspired obstacles like water crossings, mud trenches, cargo nets, and barbed wire fencing make up the the Survive the Farm 5k Challenge on in Easton. *50 person of the profits will help fund Operation Adopt a Soldier.

Tuesdays in May: You'll have the chance to race a 5k in Glens Falls with the AdiRUNdack 5k Trail Race Series. Proceeds go to Adirondack runners scholarship fund. *The first 75 registered for each race get a moisture-wicking t-shirt.

June 4: Freihofer's Run for Women -- the annual 5k race through downtown Albany. Online registration ends May 31.


April 10: 82 miles of rolling terrain make the Tour of the Battenkill pro-am "America's Toughest One-Day Race." It starts and ends in Cambridge. *There's over 4,000 feet of climbing in this race.


May 1: A good race to "tri" -- the Southern Saratoga YMCA Sprint Triathlon is a 350 yard swim, 11 mile bike and 5k run. *Make sure you know your estimated swim time; seeding is based on it.


And if racing's not your thing, most of these events need volunteers. Just check their websites for information on how to get involved.

Of course the summer and falls months have their share of races too. Keep up to date by checking out the Albany Running Exchange, The Adirondack Runners Club,, and

Planning on racing this season? Know of any more? Please share!


You can also check

May 1st is the Literacy Run 5k in Troy. ( It was my first 5k many years ago. Last year it was held at the horrifically unshaded Rensselaer Tech Park but this year looks to be back in its original location of Downtown Troy.

You can also look at these articles:

In addition to upcoming races, there's a ton of useful running information.

Delmar Dash (5M) is April 10. Lake Placid Half Marathon June 12. Adirondack 10 Miler June 26. Boilermaker 15K in July 10. Yankee Stadium 5K August 7 (not so local, but very cool).

The Freihofers was my first ever 5K and running that actually got me addicted to running races. I wrote a post the other day about some upcoming 5Ks and some tips for anyone wanting to start training for a one! check it out:

Schenectady County will be holding its 2nd Annual Pedal-Paddle-run on September 24 in Scotia. Team triathlon: biking, paddling (canoe or kayak), and running. Distances TBD - though we know for sure the run will be a 5K and the paddle will likely be around 1.5mi.

Teams can be comprised of 2, 3, or 4 people; individuals may also compete in all three events.

Details and regular updates at

We also have a Facebook page for the event:

I did the SPAC Rock and Run last year. It was a beautiful course (and flat!) and they had several bands playing along the route. It was great.

Join the Ella Grace Chiari Foundation for the Second Annual Nassau 5k Country Run on May 20, 2011 in the Village of Nassau, NY. See for details. Awesome event and running route!

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