Fall Flat 5K Trail Race: Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Registration is now open!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Registration is open: click here

New this year to prepare you for race day: “Running Wild: Intro to Trail Running” Clinics – Saturday at 10 am, October 7 – November 11 at the Greenbelt Nature Center.  Go here for all details and free registration. 

Whether this is your first or fiftieth 5-K, we guarantee you a fun time with a great group of local runners – in the beautiful Greenbelt!

Supporting the Greenbelt While You Run

Your participation and race fee helps support the not-for-profit Greenbelt Conseravancy mission to offer environmental education initiatives for children of all ages and abilities. The Conservancy, which works in partnership with NYC Parks, also leads trail maintenace and beautification projects that help keep the Greenbelt trail system in great hiking and running condition.

The race takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We ask runners to bring a non-perishable food item to share with those in need. We will distribute your donation to our local food bank.

We are grateful for support of this event from NYC Council Member, Joseph Borelli. Thank you to Clif Bar, Muscle Milk, Trader Joes and Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter for their participation and support.


About the Course

Fall Flat takes you along Willowbrook’s White Trail and around the lake; it is flat and well suited for novice runners and walkers as well as more competitive athletes. The course is clearly marked with overhead ribbons. Course marshalls are in place to provide assistance. There is one water stop mid-course.

The race is professionally chip-timed culminating in an awards ceremony. Refreshments and a wicking shirt with the Fall Flat logo are provided for pre-registered runners. Race photos are posted on the The Greenbelt Conservancy facebook page within 24 hours of race day.

Race bibs, timing chips and shirts will be distributed on race day. Arrive early to pick-up. Same day registration is $35.00 – register early to save money! Start time is 10 am.  On-line registration is here.

We are not able to refund race fees but can help you transfer your bib number to a person of your choice.

We look forward to welcoming back familiar faces and greeting new friends. If you have any questions about Fall Flat, or the Greenbelt in general, please feel free to contact us at Greenbelt headquarters by phone: 718-667-2165, ext. 309, or by email at: communication@sigreenbelt.org

Get some training miles  in – on and off trail – before the 2017 race day.

Saturday Mornings, October 7 – November 11: Running Wild: Intro to Trail Running at the Greenbelt Nature Center.  Registration is free, but limited to 15 participants.  Go here for more information and on line registration.

Tuesday: Every Tuesday at 7 pm on the bridge in Silver Lake Park, the New York Road Runners host an Open Run 5-K for free! All are welcome to run, jog or walk the course, and meet a great group of active adults and children.

Wednesday: There’s an evening hike at 6 pm Wednesday night (head lamps are required).  During the hike, you can become more familiar with trail terrain.  The 7 pm trail run typically takes on a fast pace, and is better suited for more experienced runners.  Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue. Details are on the Greenbelt’s events calendar.

Sunday: Every Sunday at 9 am at Conference House Park, 298 Saterlee Avenue, Staten Island, NY, the New York Road Runners host an Open Run 5-K for free! All are welcome to run, jog or walk the course, and meet a great group of active adults and children.

Volunteer for Fall Flat

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Jeanne Paliswiat at Greenbelt headquarters: 718-667-2165, ext. 311 or by email at jeanne.paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov The Greenbelt can provide community involvement verification for students and scouts. Adult volunteer participation is very welcome as well.

Go here to read what it’s like to run along Greenbelt trails.

Thank you to our supporters

NYC Council Member, Jospeph Borelli, District 51/Staten Island


Photos from the 2016 race are here

Past Race Results and Photos are Below

2016 Race Results can be found here

2015 Race Results can be found Here 


2013 Race Results Here

 2011 Race Photos Here, by Andy Cross

2010 Race Results Here2010 Race Photos Here, Album 1 of 3

2009 Race Results Here

2009 Race Photos Here

Two additional trails races take place in the Greenbelt:

Trail Running Links:

Runner comments from previous races:

GREAT RUN!! Well organized. The real meaning of trail-running… mud, obstacles, and rough terrain. Loved every minute of it! I’ll be back next year.

My husband and I had a great time. The trails were narrow in certain areas which made it a challenge to pass by that just added to the excitement. The band was fantastic and the post race bagels and fruit were delicious. We liked the idea of the hat instead of the race shirt too. We will run it again next year!