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2021 Saratoga Stryders Fall Back 5 Mile Trail Race

10am EST, Sunday, November 7th, Saratoga Spa State Park

19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

It’s that time of year! Set your clocks back, fall back in bed for that extra hour, and emerge bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready to breathe crisp, autumn air and tackle some serious trails in historic Saratoga Spa State Park.

The Fallback 5 Mile Trail Race course is a combination of hills, ridges and single track, with a few wide trails, paved sections, and grassy areas, showcasing sections of the park some may have never seen before. This is nature’s original obstacle course at its finest.


Important Dates:
Thursday, November 4th - Online registration closes at 5:00pm.

Saturday, November 6th - In-person registration (cash/check only) and early bib pickup from 12:00-2:00pm at iRun LOCAL (425 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY).
Sunday, November 7th - Race Day!

·       8:30am-9:30am - Last-minute registration (cash/check only) and bib pickup at the Saratoga Spa State Park outside the Administration Building (across the field from the Hall of Springs).

·       10:00am - 5 Mile Trail Race starts.

·       11:45am - Race timing ends, awards presentations and door prize drawings begin outside the Park Administration Building near the finish.

Registration (limited to 200 entries): 

·       Pre-registration is $20 plus online processing fee. 

·       Saratoga Stryder members can get a $2 discount code for online registration (check your email) through October 31st.

·       In-person and last-minute registration fee is $25 (cash/check only).

·       No refunds will be issued for any reason.

·       Online Registration via RunSignup.

Previous years' race runner hats will be optionally available to pre-registrants when they pick up their bib, while supplies last (about 50).

Awards (provided by iRun LOCAL, 425 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY):

·       First male and female overall.

·       First male and female in each 10 year age group (0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+).

Post-race door prize drawings open to all runners and volunteers.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this entire event will be taking place outside. Pre-race gathering, finish, awards, and day of race registration will take place outside in front of the Saratoga Spa State Park Administration Building. If not vaccinated and unable to maintain a 6 foot distance away from others, you must wear a mask.

Restrooms are located in the Wired Coffee Shop in the Roosevelt Building (next building south of the Administration Building). Masks must be worn when inside this building.

The race starting line is a short distance north of the finish line.

Course Map shows approximate race course over the State Park’s Five Mile Trail. (Includes Crossing Guard and Course Marshal stations.)

NOTE: In the interest of safety for all participants, due to the narrow trails on the course, RUNNERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM RUNNING IN THE RACE WITH THEIR DOGS. The use of portable music devices during the race is strongly discouraged.

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Net proceeds will be used to support the programs and activities of the Saratoga Stryders.

To volunteer for this race, please click here

Results (both overall and age group) can be found at Underdog Race Timing: 2021 Race Results (

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The Saratoga Stryders, a 501(c)(3) affiliate chapter of the Road Runners Club of America. P.O. Box 1467, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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