The 8th annual Best Dam 5K Run/Walk & 6K Paddle will be held in the summer of 2020. Date to be determined.


Saturday, July ?, 2020 in Downsville, NY

8:30AM 6K Paddle/Paddle leg of 11K relay race

9:00AM 5K Walk 

9:30AM 5K Run 



You may register online or through paper entry. Only participants who register before 7/6/19 will receive a free race shirt. Shirts MAY NOT BE available after this date. 

Participants can also mail in their registration with entry fees by printing off the form through the button below.


Mail the filled out registration form and payment to: 

Head to Toe Fitness Studio

c/o Sarah Hood

PO Box 23

Downsville, NY 13755

Checks can be made out to "Best Dam 5K"


Credit cards are accepted for online registration through www.raceroster.com

Early entry registration will end on July 5th, 2019.

You must be pre-registered before this time in order to get a race shirt! 



$30 for Teens & Adults (13 yrs. & over)

$20 for Children (12 yrs. & under)

15% off for group or family of 5+ (1 participant must be 18 or over) 


$45 Individual (18 & over)

10% off Team registration (2-3 racers, 13 & over allowed but 1 person must be 18 & over)

Participants will be able to pick up their race packet the day before the race on Friday 7/26/18 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Otherwise you will receive your race packet the day of the race when you check-in. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your race start time. Late arrivals may not be able to be accommodated. No refunds will be given for any reason.


This year's shirts are a 3/4 sleeve baseball-style shirt. Sizes available in Youth, Mens and Womens. The sleeves are a heathered royal blue with the race logo on front. You may purchase an additional race shirt with your registration for an extra $20. You may also upgrade your race shirt option to a hooded, gray athletic long-sleeve top with the race logo on front instead for an extra $15. You may also just purchase this extra product for $30. These options are available in registration check out. Examples of the race shirts are below.















Day of registration and participant check-in is from 7:00 AM-9:00 AM on 7/27/19. Cash or check ONLY. Checks can be made out to Best Dam 5K. Race shirts and participant race packets MAY NOT BE available for day-of registrations. 


$35 FOR 13 YRS. & OLDER


No special group price


$50 PER PERSON (13 & over)

$50 PER PERSON IN TEAM (2-3 racers, must be 13 & over)


American Legion Post 167 

1 Legion Lane

Downsville, NY 13755



The start line for the road race is at the Corbett Community Hall in Corbett, NY. Please see a map of the course by clicking HERE. Buses will be used to transport participants to the start line from the registration and parking area at the American Legion Post 167. Participants must arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled bus departure time to arrive at the start line in time. There will be a shuttle at 8:30am for 5K walker participants and at 9:00am for 5K runner participants. We cannot guarantee you will make the start of the race if you miss the shuttle. The course will be officially timed. Runners will follow appropriate 5K signs to complete their race. The 5K will finish on Bridge Street near the Covered Bridge. Police, safety cones and signs will be alerting motorists to the race area. Color powder areas are located every 0.5 miles along the 5K portion of the course.

The color powder shows up best on both white and dark colored clothing. We do recommend not wearing anything you don't mind being stained as we've had mixed results getting it completely out of clothing. Don't worry, we are health freaks and the colors used are non-toxic and washable. 

Strollers are welcome. Children in strollers are FREE and do not need to register for the race. Large strollers will not fit on the bus and need to be dropped off at the start line at the Corbett Community Hall before you head to the Legion to park and register for the race. Please ask if you need help with this. 

Young children not registered for the race must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Dogs are allowed! All dogs must pay a $5 entry fee which will be donated to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. All animals need to be current on their vaccinations and owners are responsible for their dog at all times. Please do not bring a dog to race who has not walked or ran 3 miles easily in the past. Water stations and waste disposal will be present for dogs. Dogs are not allowed on the bus and you must arrange your own transport to the start line in Corbett. 


There are no separate classes for the paddle race. All canoes/kayaks despite their weight or size will be accepted. Men and women will compete against each other as mixed teams will be allowed. You may participate as a single person or a team of 2 or 3 (2 people in a boat and 1 person running). There must be 1 team member who is 18 or over. Boaters under 18 may not participate as a single entry in the relay. The race will start at 8:30 am so please arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand. All boaters may park and unload at the Covered Bridge Park in Downsville. We will have your race packets there for you. The park is located at the intersection of Bridge Street and State Route 206.

There is a mandatory meeting for boaters at the Covered Bridge at 8:15am for boat and life-jacket inspection and to go over safety and emergency procedures. All boaters must sign an additional wavier at the meeting before the start.

The start line for the road race is the Corbett Bridge in Corbett, NY. You will start the run portion immediately after you finish the paddle race. Relay teams will tag their running member who will at the Corbett Bridge waiting for their arrival. Please see a map of the course by clicking HERE. The course will be officially timed. At least 1 member of the relay team must run. If all members are running the fastest run time will be used for the official time for the team. Team members who are just doing the paddle portion will be bused back to the Legion after the race. You may arrange your own boat pick-up or we will have boat transport back to the Covered Bridge Park. We will be able to bring anything you may need to the paddle race finish line such as a change of clothes or shoes before you start running. Water will also be available. 

Runners will follow appropriate 5K signs to complete the last leg of the race. The running portion will finish on Bridge Street near the Covered Bridge. Color powder areas are located every 0.5 miles along the course.

The color powder shows up best on both white and dark colored clothing. We do recommend not wearing anything you don't mind being stained as we've had mixed results getting it completely out of clothing. Don't worry, we are health freaks and the colors used are non-toxic and washable. 


Awards will be given in the categories below:

Relay Race: Top 2 teams and/or individuals

6K Paddle: Top 2 teams and/or individuals

5K Walk: Top 2 walkers (male or female)

5K Run: 1st/2nd men (13 and over), 1st/2nd women (13 and over), 1st/2nd boys (12 and under), 1st/2nd girls (12 and under)

The awards ceremony is set to take place at 11:00 AM or as soon as all the results are in.

There will be an official timer for the race. Results will be posted online on this website and social media platforms at www.secondwindtiming.com.

Bathrooms will be available at the parking site, starting line and at the finish.

© 2019 by Best Dam 5K


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