Save Our Switchbacks


We have a new date for the Save Our Switchbacks, so mark your calendars! Our new date is Sunday, August 16, 2020! Same time of day and same beautiful course! It is our hope that we will have the safety and security necessary to hold our event at this date as we try to be socially distant during the times of this crisis we are currently dealing with. All those who have registered will have their registrations honored for this new date. Stay distant for now and stay positive as we are looking for better days awaiting us!

Course Information

The race starts and finishes in the same location as the weekly UR Development Runs, adjacent to the Parkway Ski Chalet. It will start up the Parkway before taking the running path alongside Valley View Road. A quick stint in Valley View golf course takes runners into Roscoe Conkling Park to run the switchbacks in reverse direction. The course comes back onto the golf course for one last hill before entering the top entrance to the Utica Zoo. Runners will race down African Alley and out the main gate of the Zoo before heading down the Memorial Parkway to the finish.

Kids Fun Run
The Kids Fun Run will run up the Parkway to Steele Hill Road (entry to Utica Zoo) and turn around. There is no fee. Open to kids under 12. No Kids Tees.

Starting Times

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Race Day Registration and packet pickup: 7:00 AM
Kids Fun Run: 8:30 AM
7.5 K Race: 9:00 AM

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.