Save Our Switchbacks

2024 Save Our Switchbacks will be Saturday, April 20th!

Sign-ups will begin in early March - you can sign up NOW through our UR 4-Pack:

Race Information

7.5K Road Race (4.66 miles) that is the long standing Utica Roadrunners kick-off event.

9:00AM Race Start


Packet pickup will be at the Sneaker Store (24 Genesee St, New Hartford) on Friday, April 7th and in the morning on April 8th.

Race begins on Parkway to the East of Parking lot.
Runners head East on Parkway, turn right into the Golf course parking lot,
Through the trail along Valley View Drive. From there enter South Woods and follow
Roadways through the woods. Upon exiting the woods, the runners will go back through the golf
course and then back to the Parkway running on sidewalk
heading West to Start/Finish Line.

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 early. 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.

Previous Results

2021 results