Utica Boilermaker 2014!

July 17, 2014

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 for the next registration date.

-Zach Fenner (Intern @ Sunny 102)


Congrats to Our Tasting Tour Winner (And TOS Recap!)

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on June 09, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came and visited us at the Sunny 102 booth during the AmeriCU Credit Union Taste of Syracuse presented by Tops Friendly Markets! We had such a good time meeting all of you. Big congratulations to Heidi Andrews, who won our fabulous Tasting Tour package. She’ll enjoy $100 to over 8 different restaurants. Bring us with you, Heidi! We’re great dinner companions!

We love this picture of Traffic Tom, Cindy, and Rick hanging out at the Sunny booth during the event.



There were so many delicious samples to choose from, of course, but since it was National Doughnut Day while we were there, we had to sample some of these guys:


From the top you’re looking at Fruity Pebbles, Maple Bacon, and Caramel Pecan Sea Salt doughnuts. Which one would you choose? How about all of the above?

Part of the reason we love this event so much is that it’s perfect for everyone in your family. Look at how cute these little Tastegoers are.

Too bad balloon hats aren’t acceptable for adults. They just make every outfit so much more fun.

Each day at Taste brought an amazing crowd, though we saw about 200,000 of our closest friends on Saturday night as Blues Traveler performed.



The band put on an amazing show, with John Popper and company truly lighting up the stage.


Thank you so much to everyone who came out and joined us! It was definitely a Taste for the record books.

We’re already thinking about what we want to sample next year!

Taste of Syracuse Weekend is Almost Here!

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on June 02, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The AmeriCU Credit Union Taste of Syracuse presented by Tops Friendly Markets is happening THIS Friday and Saturday, June 6th and 7th, from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. each day. Admission to the event is completely free and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous. If you need more convincing, here are some other reasons why you won’t want to miss out on this CNY staple:

–  Enjoy music from 40 live bands, including Blues Traveler on Saturday night

– With all vendors offering $1 samples, you can enjoy food from the area’s best restaurants, without spending a lot. Try something new or chow down on some of your current favorites

– Come see us! We’ll be at our booth on Water Street, starting at 11 a.m. both days. When you stop by, enter to win a Syracuse tasting tour, which gives you $100 to over 8 restaurants (the prize is worth $800).

It’s one of our favorite weekends of the year, and we can’t wait to see you there! Check out for all of the information you’ll need about this year’s event.


Now That Warm Weather is FINALLY Here, Learn How to Manage Allergies Naturally

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on May 27, 2014

It seems like the warm weather is finally here to stay, which means that (unfortunately) your allergies probably aren’t going anywhere either. If you’re coughing, sniffling, and sneezing your way through the end of May, here are some tips that may bring you some quick relief:

Use a Neti pot

They look scary, I know, but trust me, a Neti pot or other type of sinus rinse may be exactly what you need if you’re dealing with allergies and sinus issues. It cleans out your nasal passages, getting rid of allergens, mucus, and other unwanted stuff with it. They’re inexpensive and can be purchased at the drug store or grocery store. You can buy premixed rinse kits, or can create your own mixture using boiled or distilled water (never unfiltered water) and a little bit of salt.

Saline spray

If you just can’t get comfortable with the idea of a Neti pot, it’s okay. Saline spray delivers much of the same relief in a less complex way. Though not quite as effective as Neti pots or other sinus rinses, saline spray can definitely provide relief for allergy sufferers.


Air conditioners and dehumidifiers help to keep mildew and mold from growing in your home, thus cutting down on the allergies that develop as a result.


It may seem too easy to be true, but taking a shower after you’ve spent time outside (particularly when gardening) can help provide you with relief from allergy symptoms. As soon as you get inside, take a shower and drop the clothes you were wearing in the wash. This will help to stop pollen and other allergens from spreading throughout your house.

What other strategies do you use to keep your allergy symptoms to a minimum as the weather heats up? Let us know in the comments!

Make the Most of Easter with These Fun, Easy Crafts

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on April 14, 2014

With Easter almost upon us, we can’t help but feel a little crafty. But we’re not looking for a major time commitment or mess either.  If you want to celebrate the holiday without dealing with the aftermath of art projects gone awry too, you’ll love a few of these Easter-themed projects we’ve spotted online:

Make bunny themed treatsTake frosting bags and fill them up with goldfish crackers, then tie them up with green ribbon. Done! A carrot-shaped snack that’s perfect for the Easter bunny and still delicious to munch on in between Easter egg hunts. 

Throw an Easter egg tea party: Colorful, plastic Easter eggs are easy to come by these days, so use them to create a fun and festive tea party with little ones. Split the plastic eggs in half, then glue a button onto the bottom of each half so they stand up on their own. Add on a cardboard handle and you have a teacup. Then get kids in on the fun by having them select glitter, paint, and other decorations to personalize their teacups. Once the decorating is over, sit down and have an elegant tea party. Fun, fancy hats encouraged.

Make Easter egg cookies: Grab some store-bought dough, frosting, cookie cutters in the shape of Easter eggs, and sprinkles and let kids get to work decorating their own cookies just for the holiday. Make sure to invest in plenty of pastel shades. You can serve the cookies during your tea party, or distribute them to other people in your neighborhood to help celebrate the day.

Mix up traditional egg decorating: While we all know about dipping eggs in colored dyes, there are plenty of other unique ways to decorate eggs this Easter. Try a few of these creative decorating techniques. We love the idea of turning Easter eggs into mini chalkboards so kids can write holiday-themed messages on them. Coat the eggs in a layer of chalkboard paint, then get writing. If you get tired of the message, erase it and start all over again! 

What fun, crafty ways will you be celebrating the holiday this year?