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First Night Posters with art by Sharon Bolton:

$20/ $15 - First Night 2018 

$10/ $5 - Previous First Nights

Need to Complete Your Button Collection?

$5 for buttons from 2008 to now and select previous years

First Night 5k Shirts: 

$10- First Night 2018

$5- Previous First Nights


First Night Saratoga will be the highlight of your outgoing year!

Proceeds support the community arts programs at Saratoga Arts to help make the arts affordable and accessible to all.

5K Run

Saratoga Arts congratulates everyone for a race well run despite the cold temperatures.


Don't forget to stop in to collect your medals and awards.  If you missed the race, we have your T-shirt here as well!

Registration will be open for the FN2019 5K in September.



Download a Race Registration Form Here



First Night Saratoga 5K participants receive a $5 discount off the purchase of their First Night buttons when they are purchased in conjunction with your race registration!

Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run 

December 31, 2017 at 5:30pm
Skidmore College Athletic Complex
Saratoga Springs, NY

Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first ¾ mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades.

Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration.

Check-In: Packet pick-up 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. the day of the race at Skidmore College Athletic Complex. Parking, restrooms, and showers are available. Refreshments after the race.

The race will be timed by ARE Event Productions using the ChronoTrack B-Tag. This is a small and flat chip that comes affixed to the back of your bib. You must wear your bib on your outer-most layer and it must not be altered in any way. Do not flatten, bend, nor crease your bib. These chips do not get returned, making for a smooth and easy finishing process. Results will be immediately available at following the event.

Awards: To the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age division. No duplicate awards.

Shirts: All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga moisture-wicking shirt.

Finisher Medals: All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal.

Rules of Competition: Due to the hour of the race, anyone with dogs or carriages is prohibited from running. We reserve the right to cancel the race due to weather conditions that cause the running surface to be hazardous to the runners’ safety.

Price: Race registration is $25 through Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving it increases to $30.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable.

Come Downtown: leave your car in place at Skidmore after the 5k roadrace and grab a free bus downtown to enjoy the rest of First Night!


Run your race for the LLS with Team in Training

Across the US TNT participants work together to prepare for a sports event that will support cures and access to treatments for blood cancer patients! We raise funds to continue The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's breakthrough development of life-saving therapies.  There is no minimum fundraising pledge required to join Team in Training on your own.  If you want to join TNT to train or just to support this important cause, complete your registration and then follow this LINK (also available on online applications). 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers. LLS is at the forefront of pioneering new cures and treatments for cancer, which is driven by our committed volunteers who raise money across a wide range of activities. Your fundraising activities for the First Night Saratoga 5k will have a direct impact on advancing these groundbreaking treatments and access for cancer patients.  We hope you will consider supporting this cause!


The 5k is proudly sponsored by 








with food provided by Dunkin Donuts, Freihofers, Uncommon Grounds

and special give-aways by Dick's Sporting Goods!



What is First Night Saratoga?

One of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country:

  • 15,000+ revelers;
  • The 5k roadrace at Skidmore College;
  • 30 venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs;
  • 70+ regional and touring acts performing live music, dance, comedy and magic from 6pm to midnight!


The most affordable, accessible, safe and exciting all-ages New Year's Eve event in the region:

  • 9,000 admission buttons priced at $20 and under;
  • Kids 12 and under are admitted for free; 
  • All venues are alcohol-free;
  • Free CDTA bus service;
  • Fireworks in Congress Park at midnight!


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