Dodge the Deer 5K & Kids Races
Sun, 6.23.2024 · Schodack Island State Park, NY


Join us Sunday, June 23rd for another great edition of DTD!


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 22nd 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 23, 2024
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.


ARE Members save $5 here.
$20through April
$23in May
$27in June (to 6/22)
$30Race Day
The kids races are $5/child.


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! There's also an optional merchandise item (socks, as detailed below) that is an optional add-on.


If you ran with us in our early years, you may remember these highly visible socks with a bright yellow cuff. We're bringing them back in 2024! For those who want to commemorate their participation (or simply want a sweet pair of running socks at a great deal), these can be added to your registration for $12.

Mr. & Mrs. Dodge - Couples Division

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!

Volunteer Sign-up


The course is on the sweetest earth your feet have ever touched. Flat for its entirety, with barely a single noticeable bump, this super fast course is on the least technical trail you can run, making it safe for everyone! If you're new to trail running, do not be intimidated by the word trail - it's simply unpaved beauty that will have you loving it.


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.

Event Records - Male
Rensselaer Lake Park Course: 15:52
Set by Jamie Rodriguez in 2003 and 2004

Schodack Island State Park Course: 15:52
Set by Ugis Jocis in 2018
Event Records - Female
Rensselaer Lake Park Course: 18:57
Set by Kara-Lynne Kerr in 2005

Schodack Island State Park Course: 19:41
Set by Chelsea Benson in 2013

Historical Data

# Year Date Weather Finishers Misc
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
2023 Photos
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
Finisher Photos
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 Making Of · Married By Dodge · Photos
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 5k Photos · Mile Photos · The Making Of
At Rensselaer Lake Park in Albany


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