The 17th annual Great Pumpkin Challenge raised over $18,000 for a local Saratoga Springs charity that aids those with developmental disabilities in realizing their potential.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Columbia Pavilion in Saratoga Spa State Park filled with runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers whose collective charitable efforts raised a net total of $18,117 for the local Saratoga Bridges charity.
The challenge featured both a 5K and 10K run with over 1,300 participating runners, some of whom dressed in costume for the upcoming spooky festivities. The top male and female performers of the 5K were Chase Baker of Saratoga Springs and Elizabeth Predmore of Ballston Lake; and the top from the 10K were Thijs Kolet of Saratoga Springs, and Leigh Parker of Glenmont.
The Saratoga Bridges foundation is one of Saratoga’s largest non-profit organizations which, for over 60 years, has worked to ensure those with developmental disabilities are given the tools necessary to be able to realize their goals all the while leading full, rewarding and productive lives.
Photography by Greg Cuda