“Thank you very much for letting me be a part of this event today. The runners had great spirit and I hope they enjoyed Cohoes– and that they didn’t find the hills too challenging! Volunteers were terrific. Everyone’s generosity will help senior citizens and children in Cohoes. Congratulations!” Kumi Tucker – News Anchor – WNYT

“Thanks for a great race. Driving home the two of us agreed it was one of the best run/coordinated races we’ve ever run. From the volunteers at every corner who were CHEERING none the less, water stops every mile, mile markers, an interesting course, and great tech shirts even for those who registered late, everything was perfect. A million thank yous to your race coordinator and everyone who worked hard. we’ll definitely be back next year.”

“Great race and atmosphere! 1st time running this and loved it. Tons of water stations AND volunteers at every corner with well marked course! Challenging hills, but hey, those down-hills were sweet. After 14K, I certainly appreciated the last mile downward slope the whole way! Great, well run, race.”

“Loved this race! Very well organized with course well marked. Very important to directionally challenged people like myself. Thanks to all involved.”

“I thought the volunteers that directed runners all along the course did an awesome job! Thanks for a well-organized race that was a lot of fun.”

“Great race today. Thanks to the organizers and volunteers. Can’t wait till next year to do it again”.

“Great race. Course was well marked and traffic controlled- thanks to all the volunteers. See you next year.”


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

Saturday May 7th 2016!



Cash prizes for :


15K 1st Place – $200           5K – $150

15K 2nd Place – $50            5K – $50

15K 3rd place – $25             5K- $25


Online registration will be available December 1, 2015

More details on events and races very soon – GET YOUR MASTODON ON!


Every great community needs special events that draw residents together, entice visitors to visit, promote local businesses, and feature area attractions. Every May, the City of Cohoes  holds the “Mastodon Challenge” USATF CERTIFIED 15K Race, 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run. These races return following the highly successful events of the past 4 years.  The race course continues to show off the best of Cohoes, highlighting the history, recreation, business, culture and community feel of Cohoes.

Challenge yourself – our15K & 5k races are not for the faint of heart….but well worth it. When you finish you will be glad you did it and, as many others have, will return to take it on again and again!