Save Our Switchbacks

2021 Save Our Switchbacks

Thanks for a great run folks! Find the 2021 results here.

Presented by Utica First Insurance

This year's race will be Sunday, August 15th and be the second race in the 2021 4-Race Challenge!

Race Information

This year's race will start by heading up the Parkway before turning onto Valley View Road and hopping onto the running path. A quick stint in Valley View golf course takes runners into Roscoe Conkling Park to run the switchbacks in the reverse direction (from Falling Leaves). The course comes back onto the golf course for one last hill and then down to the Memorial Parkway to the finish.

Start Time: 8:00am EDT
Price: $30.00 Race Fee + $2.90 SignUp Fee
Registration: Register online through August 14, 2021

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Kids Fun Run


The Kids Fun Run will begin at 8:30AM and run up the Parkway to Steele Hill Road (entry to Utica Zoo) and turn around. There is no fee, but please pre-register. Open to kids under 12.


Packet pickup will occur on Saturday, 8/14, time/location TBA. Day of registration and packet pickup starts at 7:00 AM at the Parkway Ski Chalet.

Timing will be provided by TNT Timing.
Results will be posted here on the Utica Roadrunners website and at .

Awards Ceremony

The ceremony will start shortly after the completion of the 7.5K race.

(must be present to accept awards)


There will be food and drinks available for runners after the race in the ski chalet


Technical shirts will be provided to those who sign-up prior to 7/20. Runners are encouraged to pre-register for proper sizes. Shirt sizes are not guaranteed.

In the spring of 1996, following a particularly harsh winter, the 2-mile South Woods trail through the Roscoe Conkling Park had deteriorated to a safety hazard. Responding to the imminent loss of the South Woods trail, the Utica Roadrunners prevailed upon the city to allow the club to temporarily repair the most severely damaged sections, reopen the trail, and embark on a long term plan to restore the South Woods trail. Since then, the SOS project has expanded to include the running path alongside Valley View Road.