The idea for the Dodge the Deer 5K and Kids Races came into being when two members of the (then brand new) ARE went for a run in the woods in the fall of 2002. They knew they wanted to put on a 5k trail race but didn't know what to call it. At the very moment they were about to begin the arduous task of brainstorming, a deer jumped out in front of them, and Chris yelled to Josh, "Dodge the Deer!"
Fast forward to now, and we welcome you to join us for the 21st Annual! As always, the event offers a gorgeous course that is mostly flat and welcoming for all! Have kids? We've got them covered too with our Bully the Bear 200 Meter Sprint and our Chase the Chipmunk 1 Mile. After the event, enjoy the music, food, and all-around fun atmosphere!
Sunday, June 25, 2023
8:00am: Packet Pick-up Begins
9:15am: Bully the Bear Kids 200m Sprint
9:30am: Chase the Chipmunk Kids Mile
10am: Dodge the Deer 5K
Schodack Island State Park*
1 Schodack Island Way
Schodack Landing, NY 12156
*The park charges a $6 fee per vehicle. We encourage that you carpool.
|$30||4/20 to 6/24|
|$35||6/21 to 6/24|
An awesome post-race BBQ in a beautiful place! And don't forget to bring the kids and have them take on the kids races as well as get to hang out with our cast of characters. Above all else, expect great energy and a fun loving atmosphere produced by your friends at the Albany Running Exchange!
In 2004, Dodge the Deer met Chase the Chipmunk, and they fell in love and got married at this race. Bully the Bear tried to stop it, but, alas, his antics were no match for the power of their love. (See the pics here.)
In the years since, to playfully commemorative the hilarity of having held a wedding for a deer and a chipmunk, we've crowned a 'Mr. & Mrs. Dodge' couples division winner. Dodge and Chase are always on hand to place the winning antlers upon the heads of the winning couple.
So if your significant other is also running, team up and enter the competition! It's simple, just list the name of that special person when you register (and have them do the same for you) and the lowest combined time wins the ever coveted Ceremonial Antlers! It makes no difference what gender you both are, nor the officially 'recognized status' of your relationship, - just that you are in a committed relationship with one another.
While you may have them on-site at the event, you are not permitted to participate with pets or strollers.
Be part of the team that brings Dodge the Deer to life!
Dodge the Deer was first held in 2003 and staged from Rensselaer Lake Park through 2005. It was moved to Schodack Island State Park in 2006. In 2020, it was held at Normanskill Meadows Farm. In 2021, it was held at Thacher State Park. In 2022, it returned to Schodack Island State Park.
|21st||2023||Sun, 6/25||Rising through the 70s -> 80s - sunny and VERY, VERY humid.||170||Schodack Island State Park
21 Years! Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
Finisher Photos- Coming this week
|20th||2022||Sun, 6/26||Rising through the 70s -> 80s (90+ later in the day) - sunny. Very nice morning.||200||Schodack Island State Park
20 Years! Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
|19th||2021||Sat, 6/19||Mid 70s - sunny. Very nice.||205||Moved to Thacher Park
19 Year Streaks: Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
|18th||2020||Sat, 6/27||Low 70s - very humid.||70||Substantially modified due to COVID-19. The event was staged in 4 separate waves with 2 starting every 10 seconds.
18 Year Streaks: Mike Langevin (course marshal), Tom Mack, Kim Scott
|17th||2019||Sun, 6/23||Mid 70s - beautiful!||236||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
17 Year Streaks: Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
|16th||2018||Sat, 4/7||Upper 30s and breezy.||316||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
16 Year Streaks: Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
|15th||2017||Sat, 4/8||High 50s with some sun.||335||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
15 Year Streaks: Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
|14th||2016||Sat, 4/9||Low 40s and overcast.||313||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
14 Year Streaks: Bob Knouse, Mike Langevin, Tom Mack, Kim Scott
|13th||2015||Sun, 4/12||Low 60s, no wind, and nothing but sun - beautiful!||353||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge
Streaks Ending: Amy Forgea and Greg Rickes - 12 years of Dodge the Deer.
|12th||2014||Sat, 4/19||Mid 50s and sunny - nice!||337||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge|
|11th||2013||Sat, 4/6||Low 40s and overcast.||271|
|10th||2012||Sat, 4/21||Upper 60s and party cloudy, breezy - beautiful day!||325|
|9th||2011||Sat, 4/16||40s and overcast, breezy.||296|
|8th||2010||Sat, 4/17||50s and overcast.||263||Photos|
|7th||2009||Sun, 4/19||50s and sun - nice day.||414||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge|
|6th||2008||Sun, 4/20||60s and sun - beautiful day.||378||Mr. and Mrs. Dodge · Photos|
|5th||2007||Sun, 4/15||30s and snow!||199||Photos|
|4th||2006||Sun, 4/23||Low 40s - washout. Pouring all weekend.||199||
Married By Dodge
Moved to Schodack Island State Park in Schodack Landing
|3rd||2005||Sun, 4/10||80s and sun.||303||Photos|
|2nd||2004||Sun, 4/25||50s and partly cloudy.||120||Photos|
|1st||2003||Sun, 4/13||50s and partly cloudy.||162||
The Making Of
At Rensselaer Lake Park in Albany