The 5th Annual Scotties Stampede 5K has been POSTPONED

In an attempt to keep students, staff, and our community as safe and healthy as possible, the 5th Annual Scotties Stampede 5k has been postponed.  We’ll schedule a new date as soon as we are able.

Registration is open for the 2020 Scotties Stampede 5K!

Everyone in the Ballston Spa school community is invited to join together for the 5th annual 5k for Education Walk/Run, the Scotties Stampede. It will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 9:00 am, starting at the district’s tennis courts on Garrett Road.   The primary goal of the 5k is to bring our community together for a fun, fitness event and encourage students and families to participate in healthy and active lifestyles. Financially, the event will support the district’s Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Please find registration details for the event at http://www.scottiesstampede.org/registration/ or call 518-884-7195 x1369.

And the results of the 2019 running of the Scotties Stampede include…..

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Fourth Annual Scotties Stampede 5k a success. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our school community, volunteers, sponsors, and prize sponsors.

We had over 150 runners and walkers show up on an early April race day, with the support of 40 volunteers, our local police, sheriff and emergency services.

Check out the final race results here.

Thank you again to all of you who made the event possible and to all of you who participated!

We’ll see you next year!

2019 Scotties Stampede 5K: Registration Online is now closed!

Registration for the Scotties Stampede: the Ballston Spa 5k for Education, taking place on April 13, 2019, is now available before the race onsite! Race starts at 9:00AM.

We invite the entire community to walk or run in this fun athletic event for the school district and our community.

The Scotties Stampede 5k will start on Garrett Road by the Ballston Spa Central School District tennis courts and finish in the Ballston Spa Middle School parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts.

This is a professionally timed race by Albany Running Exchange.

Get Ready for the 4th Annual Scotties Stampede 5K – April 13, 2019

Everyone in the Ballston Spa school community is invited to join together for the 4th annual 5k for Education Walk/Run, the Scotties Stampede. It will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9:00 am, starting at the district’s tennis courts on Garrett Road.   The primary goal of the 5k is to bring our community together for a fun, fitness event and encourage students and families to participate in healthy and active lifestyles. Financially, the event will support the district’s Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Please mark your calendars and watch for registration details for the event on this website   (at www.scottiesstampede.org ) or call 518-884-7195 x1369.

2018 Final Results

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Third Annual Scotties Stampede 5k a success. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our school community, volunteers, sponsors, prize sponsors.

We had over 250 runners and walkers show up on race day, with the support of 30 volunteers, our local police, sheriff and emergency services.

Check out the final race results here.

Thank you again to all of you who made the event possible and to all of you who participated!

We’ll see you next year!

2018 Race Day Information

Online registration is officially closed as of Wednesday, May 16th.

You can register on-site at Ballston Spa Middle School Cafeteria (210 Ballston Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020) on the following dates:

Friday, May 18, 2018 – 3:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 8:00AM

On-site registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Please bring cash or check.

Packet pickup will also be at the Ballston Spa Middle School Cafeteria on Friday, May 18th from 3:00PM-5:00PM or on race day at 8:00AM. Race will start at 9:00AM on Garrett Road by the Ballston Spa Central School District tennis courts and finish in the Ballston Spa Middle School parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts.

An awards ceremony will follow the race at around 10:00AM.

Award Categories:
Overall 1st place – Male & Female
Overall 2nd place – Male & Female
Overall 3rd place – Male & Female

Age categories, Top 3 finishers, male & female: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over

 

Parent Interview: Paul Loomis

Meet Paul Loomis, a running mentor, certified Road Runners Club of America running coach, parent in the district, and co-founder and  race director of the Malta 5k (#runninggoals). The Malta 5k started in 2010 and has raised over $200,000 to support veterans group. This year’s event  will be held on September 8th at Hudson Valley TEC-SMART and runs through GlobalFoundries Fab 8’s campus. 

Loomis also started the Roundabout Runners Club. The club currently practices 2 nights a week at the Ballston Spa High School track from 6:30 to 7:30 on Monday & Thursday nights, and welcomes any runners from 8-18 to come and learn the lifelong sport of running.

How long have you been running? 10 years

How many races have you participated in? Over 100

What is the most memorable one? New York City Marathon

What’s your 5k PR? 18:10 track and 21:30 road race

What do you love most about running? I can run with friends, adults or children I coach. Running is a lifelong sport.

How many miles do you run a week? 25-30 miles

What’s your typical running schedule? 4-5 days a week. 2 days with kids club and long run on Sunday with Fleet Feet ½ and full marathon Program (I am a mentor)

What time of day do you enjoy running? 5AM

Where do you like to run? Luther Forest Technology Campus and 100 acre wood trails

Do you have any running partners? I have a Starbucks run crew in Saratoga, a group that runs in Malta in Luther Forest and I have a speedy friend that challenges me to push my pace.

How do you motivate each other? Using the Strava fitness app. (like Facebook for exercise)

Do you have any long-term running goals? Reach 1,000 total miles each year

What’s your goal for the Scotties Stampede 5k? Goal is to pace Megan, my 10 year old daughter, and beat her time from last year.

Tell us one of your favorite memories about running. Completing the 1st Scotties Stampede. It was my oldest daughter’s 1st 5k. I got to run with her and my middle daughter. Crossing the finish line with the 2 of them brought me so much joy.

How long have you been coaching? 5 years

What got you into coaching? When my daughter Megan wanted to run with me when she was 6.

What resources do you recommend for runners? Runners World Facebook Page, Road Runners Club of America and USATF National

What are your top 3 tips to stay healthy? 1) mix up your runs, 2) make sure you schedule off days, and 3) do not run through pain

What advice do you have for beginner runners? Don’t give up and don’t expect it to be easy at first

What’s the best running advice you’ve ever received? Your mind gives up before your body

What is the number one mistake you see runners make? Going out too fast at a race and having no gas in the tank to finish

Teacher Interview: Bonnie Lovett

What does Disney and running have in common? Wood Road Elementary School teacher Bonnie Lovett discovered her interest in running after registering for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Lovett talks about the most magical place to run, goals for the Scotties Stampede and her exercise routine.

How long have you been running?
I’ve been running for a little over 7 years.

What first sparked your interest in running?
I became interested in running when I heard about the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I love Disney and thought it sounded like a lot of fun, so I registered. I wasn’t a runner at the time, so I had to get serious about training really quickly. I also wanted an activity to do outside when the weather got nice, so running was perfect for me.

What do you love most about running?
It’s great exercise and stress-release. When I run by myself, I have a lot of time to think and clear my head. I feel awesome both physically and mentally after a good run. It’s also an excuse to get some fresh air and enjoy being outside.

What other types of exercise do you enjoy doing?
I go to Metabolic Meltdown where I do HIIT training 6 days a week. It’s a combination of high-intensity cardio and weight lifting.

What do you do for exercise in the winter? What do you do for exercise in the summer?
In the winter, I workout at Metabolic Meltdown 6 days a week. In the summer, I add running in a few days a week.

Do you have any long-term running goals? If so, what are they?
I would love to run a marathon someday. My ultimate goal would be to run the Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon on 4 consecutive days) in Disney World.

Tell us one of your favorite memories about running.
My favorite memory was my first half-marathon. It was the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Disney World. I ran it with my sister-in-law and over 20,000 other runners. Most people were dressed as Disney characters, and there were official characters all along the course that you could stop and take pictures with. The best part was that we got to run through Epcot and Magic Kingdom! The feeling I got when I crossed finish line was so incredible. It was an experience I will never forget!

Where is your favorite place to run?
I love to run along the beach in Delray Beach when I go there on vacation every year. The weather is so beautiful and there are great views! I’ve gone for a few runs at sunrise when I can drag myself out of bed early enough, and it is absolutely gorgeous!

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever run?
The coolest place that I have ever run is Magic Kingdom in Disney World during the Disney Princess Half Marathon. We got to run right through Cinderella’s Castle! I also really liked running through the World Showcase at Epcot.

You’re signed up for the Scotties Stampede 5k on May 19th. What have you been doing to prepare?
Honestly, I haven’t been doing much running. When I ran the inaugural Scotties Stampede in 2016, I struggled with the hills. After a few months of working out at Metabolic Meltdown prior to the race last year, I found that my endurance and stamina had dramatically increased and I beat my previous time by over 5 minutes. I do plan on doing a few short runs and I will run the Scotties Stampede course a couple of times before race day.

What’s your goal for the Scotties Stampede 5k?
My goal is to beat my time from last year. I would also love to see Wood Road win the team prize for the largest school team for the third year in a row.