Save Our Switchbacks


Run OR Walk a 5k or 8k, either virtual or vitru-real! Registration is just $10 and portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Utica Zoo.

Race Information

Due to the continuing concerns of COVID-19 and the safety of our running community, we have made our Annual Save Our Switchbacks Virtual and VirtuReal for 2020. Starting on Sunday, August 16, 2020 runners will have the rest of the month of August to run a 5k or the traditional 8k distance.! All entrants may choose to run virtually on their own course or they are invited to run a marked course that covers most of the traditional S.O.S. course through the beautiful South Woods Switchbacks in Utica, New York. The traditional start line will be marked on the sidewalk as it will start up the Parkway. A quick stint in Valley View golf course takes 8K runners to the left at the “T” Where they run “D” Run course. 5k runners to the right and up a gentle hill to the majestic Eagle with a breathtaking view of the city. Runners will then return the same way as they say traveled up for a fast downhill finish. Unfortunately, we will not be using the Utica Zoo for our traditional finish but instead finishes at Zoo sign on parkway. This offers a great virtual training experience for those training for this year's Virtual Boilermaker 5k or 15k. All runners will receive a commemorative medal and are encouraged to donate to help Save Our Switchbacks.

Registration closes on Sunday, August 16, 2020! Don't wait register now on RunSignup!

SOS - Medal and Shirt



Utica Roadrunner Club members receive a $2.00 discount

By Mail: Before April 14, 2020: $25.00


Sign Up!

In Person on Race Day: $30.00

Mail registrations to:
Utica Roadrunners
10 Tamarack Dr.
New Hartford, NY 13413
Make checks payable to: Utica Roadrunners.
$25.00 fee for returned checks.

No applications postmarked after April 15th will be accepted!

Awards Ceremony

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

(must be present to accept awards)


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

Packet pickup will only take place on the day of the race. Registration and packet pickup starts at 7:00 AM at the Parkway Ski Chalet.


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


Technical shirts will be provided to the first 200 runners. Runners are encouraged to pre-register for proper sizes. Shirt sizes are not guaranteed.

In partnership with:

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.