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United Way .5K

United Way .5K Run


How many times have you run down Varick Street for a not-so-worthy cause? Well, now run down it for a great one! United Way .5K! Not your average run. Not your average cause.

Beginning at the REAL Boilermaker finish line, you know, the back parking lot of the Saranac Brewery, this course goes ALL THE WAY around the corner to the Celtic Harp courtyard, for a whopping total of 500-something yards!

We know that’s asking a lot of some, but don’t worry! There’s a coffee & donut stop somewhere near the middle. It would be wise to rest there for a minute.

Once you finish licking powder from your fingers and wiping them on your bib, take on the last grueling minute of the race, stumble across the finish line and help yourself to a free adult B-vitamin complex known as beer.

Then get your barely-deserved, but deservedly cool, oval sticker letting everyone know that on a scale from 1K – 15K, you’re a .5K! At least as a runner.

As a citizen, you’re a gold star! All proceeds will help 1 in 4 people in this community who really need it!

So register now to take part in the second-best-Utica-bestest-shortest race EVER!

Location: Saranac Brewery – back parking lot, 811 Edward Street, Utica
Date: Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Registration begins at 9AM.  The run will begin at 10AM.  The after-party will go untill 1PM at The Celtic Harp.


This event is sponsored by Robert Half International of Syracuse, Saranac Brewery, Mohawk Valley Hill Striders, Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Copper City Hospitality, Function Better Physical Therapy and Chobani.

Please take note that Varick St (between Court and Sunset St), Edward St, and Washer St will be closed. 

Cost:$20 per participant (includes entertainment, supporting not your average cause, commemorative .5K Run sticker, free admission into The Celtic Harp After Party, one complimentary Saranac beverage)

Guests not participating will be able to enter the after-party with a minimum donation of $5 at the door.

100% of your fee will benefit United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area! 

Online registration will close at noon on Friday, October 12th. 

This event is 21 +.
This event is rain or shine.