The Utica Boilermaker celebrated it’s 37th anniversary this year. Each year, thousands of runners sign up to run the 15k road race, with the total amount of participants being over 250,000. The Boilermaker has proven itself to be one of the largest races in the country, becoming more and more popular each year. In fact, this year’s registration sold out in less than a few hours, having all 14,000 slots filled, compared to last year’s being sold out in three days.
The best way to describe one of North America’s biggest road races has best been put into words by Tim Reed, the president of the Boilermaker, on his blog as “Where you come to party and a race breaks out.”
Being a participant myself for the past five years, I can confirm that this is one of the most unique experiences you will find in CNY. Standing at the starting line, I look around and see thousands of people eager to push themselves to the limit for a whole 9.3 miles. And if you think you would get bored during the race, think again. One of the most unique parts of the Boilermaker is the spectator and volunteer participation. Almost all of this course is lined with people cheering you on, including live bands, dancers and DJ’s.
Even if you’re not much of a runner, the Boilermaker offers a huge post-race party that offers beer, food and free live concerts that everyone can attend.
What made this year’s Boilermaker unique was the threat of cancellation due to incoming storms. Thankfully when race day arrived, the race went on without a hitch. However, the post-race party had to be cut short. Never in the history of the Boilermaker has it rained, much less been cancelled due to weather.
If you would like to participate in next year’s Boilermaker, keep your eyes on Boilermaker.com for the next registration date.
-Zach Fenner (Intern @ Sunny 102)