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Countdown to Extinction

Sunday 5th of May 2019 08:00:00 AM

Welcome to the Mastodon Challenge Races 15K – 5K – Kid’s Fun Run

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 A letter to our runners,


As most of you probably know, to organize events like a 15K & 5K takes many people willing to commit a great deal of time each and every year. The race events have been the result of friends (life-long) and others who gave countless hours over those years – on a volunteer basis – while working full time jobs and taking care of families. We did this out of a sense of pride and with love for the community we live and/or grew up in. You will not find a more dedicated group of people. As a result of these efforts, the races have become a success beyond anything we could have imagined. THANK YOU for that!


After 6 years, many of us on the committee are tired. Pure and simple. The more the races have grown, the more we have felt we needed to do- but just couldn’t as private citizens. So, after a great deal of thought, we – the original committee chairs – decided to step down from our positions and hand the events over to the 2 groups we focused our fundraising efforts on – The Cohoes Multi Service Senior Center and the Cohoes Universal Pre-K Program. These amazing organizations are so deserving of the help we were able to provide them and are committed to continuing and expanding the events for years to come. They spent time working side by side with us over the years and will receive our full support and help as they move forward, so that the events will continue to be the safe, organized, challenging races you have all come to expect. Additionally, we are confident -The Mayor’s Office, the Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works – will continue to provide the new race organizers with the same support and services that have made the Mastodon Races possible and so successful. 


The new race organizers had hoped to hold the events this year but after much thought and discussion, have decided that in order to provide the same quality race events, they would wait until next year. Over the next year they will be planning and exploring how to grow the events so that the events continue to excite and inspire our wonderful runners, sponsors and volunteers. 


On behalf of the entire Mastodon Challenge Race committee, I would like to thank all of you (our amazing runners) for giving us a chance back in 2012 and coming back year after year. You have helped so many, just by doing something you enjoy and for that, we are so grateful. 

I would also like to thank our amazing sponsors – who also came back year after year – and gave so much to help so many.

We ask ALL OF YOU to continue to follow this race FB page and check the race website www.mastodonchallenge.com 

for details and updates about next years’ races – they will need you all back next May and we know you won’t let them down. 

So, mark May 2019 on your calendar next year, come back to Cohoes and Get Your Mastodon On!!

Corporate Sponsor NHKelman, Inc