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Saturday, November 23 – Fall Flat 5K Trail Race & Free Running Clinic on November 16

Willowbrook Park in the Greenbelt
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 10 am start 

2019 Registration is now open – click here 

Pre-race Trail Running Clinic: Join us for a free trail running clinic on Saturday, November 16, 10 am in Willowbrook Park, to help prepare you for race day.  The clinic is free and open to all, and will be led by Greenbelt trails ambassador, Yolande Rose.  Meet by the flag pole in front of the Carousel; wear running attire and bring water.

Whether this is your first trail race, or you run with us often, we guarantee you a fun time with a great group of local runners – in the beautiful Greenbelt! This course is flat, and Fall foliage should still be offering some dazzle!

Supporting the Greenbelt While You Run

Your participation and race fee helps support the not-for-profit Greenbelt Conservancy, which works in partnership with NYC Parks, to care for the Greenbelt’s parks, trail system and diverse programs.

 

About the Course and Timing

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 with refreshments.

 

Medals, Race Shirts, Photos 

Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in twelve age categories, as well as to the top overall male/female finishers. A wicking race shirt is provided for all pre-registered runners.

Race photos are posted on the The Greenbelt Conservancy facebook page within 48 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.

Thank you

We are grateful for support of this event from NYC Council Members, Joseph Borelli and Steven Matteo.  For product donations and sponsorship opportunities, please email: reilly@sigreenbelt.org 

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

Additional running/training opportunities in other Staten Island parks are below: 

Wednesday: There’s an evening hike at 6 pm Wednesday nights beginning September 5 (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.

 

Thank you to all who ran, supported, volunteered and worked to make our 2017 event a success; check out the photos and results below

Race Day Results are Posted Here – 2018  

Greenbelt Conservancy Photos by Christopher Ricker are here

Run & Shoot Photography Photos will be Posted here by Nov. 19

Click for Second and third lap photos by Matthew Miner 

Click here for scenes from the trail by Jacqueline Squicciarine 

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!