Awards are given to the first 3 runners in each race (male and female): ages 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 - 69, 70+ and the first 3 walkers (male and female) overall.  Mad Dash t-shirts are free to all pre-registered entrants, including Mini-Dashers.  Although we usually have plenty of t-shirts, we cannot guarantee t-shirts for folks who register on race day. 



The Mad Dash is an annual race, founded in 1988 and sponsored by the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY. 100% of the net proceeds benefit local and global communities in need. There are 5k and 10k races, and a 5k walk over rolling hills and beautiful scenery on a paved road. There are also mini-dashes for the kids.  After 25 successful years, the Mad Dash has become a Rhinebeck Labor Day tradition. The proceeds from the Mad Dash have helped fund many outreach programs such as The Jayne Brooks Memorial Food Pantry, multiple homeless shelters,  Community Coalition for Rhinebeck Youth, and Dutchess County SPCA.   The priority is always to fund local programming, but global programs that are grassroots based are also considered.

Last year, the Mad Dash hosted over 500 runners and walkers of all kinds and raised over $12K!   This is only possible through your participation.

Photographs by Charlotte Kopp

Sponsored outreach programs are carefully selected by the Messiah Outreach Committee and have included in the past:

  • The Jayne Brooks Memorial Food Pantry
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction
  • Mid-Hudson Larreynaga Sister City Project
  • Storybook Project - Dutchess County Jail
  • Homeless Shelter & Third Thursday Lunches
  • Nicaraguan Mission - Dirjamba and Casares
  • WIC- Women, Infants and Children
  • Linda A. Karr Cuddle Blanket Project
  • Northern Dutchess Daycare
  • Community Coalition for Rhinebeck Youth
  • Dutchess County SPCA
  • Rhinebeck Abilities First Day Habilitation Center
  • Poughkeepsie Homeless Shelter/ Hillcrest House
  • River Haven House
  • Abilities First Residential Center
  • Hospice
  • Gannett House (Family Homeless Shelter in Poughkeepsie)
  • Northern Dutchess Caregivers
  • ​More