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When is the Boilermaker?
The Boilermaker always takes place the second Sunday in July. This year, it falls on Sunday, July 14, 2013. The 15K starts at 8 a.m., the wheelchair division at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K Race at 7:15 a.m.
How can I find out if I am registered?
Go to www.boilermaker.com and click on the Registration Verification tab. Then click on the event that you registered for and follow the instructions. If you register online you should receive a confirmation email. You should bring this to packet pickup.
What do I do if I entered incorrect information on my registration?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your registration tracking number, name, city, and state and a description of the registration error.
What do I do if I registered for the wrong event?
Notify the Boilermaker at email@example.com ASAP. Please have your tracking number available, the event you registered for, which event you want to register for, and how you would like to pay the difference. The change will be made when the payment is processed.
Will I receive a verification card?
No. We don’t send verification cards. You will receive a confirmation email if you register online. Just bring a photo ID when you pick up your packet.
Where and when do I pick up my race number?
Race numbers can be picked up at the Boilermaker Expo on Friday, July 12 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event takes place at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, New York. We strongly discourage race day number pick up; however, we do allow runners from out-of-town to pick them up on race morning from 6 to 7 a.m. 15K runners may do so at ECR International, 2201 Dwyer Avenue, Utica, New York and 5K runners may do so from 6 to 6:45 a.m. at Donovan Stadium, 1700 Sunset Ave, Utica, New York. We suggest that you get there early to allow yourself enough time to pick up your number and get to the start line.
Can someone else pick up my race number?
Someone else may pick up your race packet but he/she must present a note from you authorizing them to do so, along with a copy of your photo ID.
If I am not able to run can I give away my number or get a refund?
Transfers of numbers are allowed and the policy will be available around mid to late April.
Can I defer my application to next year’s race?
We do allow a very small number of deferrals for some “Special Circumstances”. We would much rather see you transfer your number to another runner through our Bib Transfer Program. Deferral requests will be accepted on-line from June 15th to July 4th, and in-person at the expo on Friday and Saturday. You will be notified after the race if your deferral is approved. PLEASE NOTE, you deferral is not guaranteed, and if approved, it is not a guaranteed entry.
Do I get a Boilermaker t-shirt if I run?
Our runners receive a Boilermaker pint glass. T-shirts are available for purchase at www.boilermaker.com and at the Boilermaker Expo.
Can I walk the 5K?
No, we do not allow walkers in the 5K Race. Anyone interested in walking can register for the 3 Mile Walk that takes place at the Masonic Care Community on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Can I walk the Boilermaker 15K?
No, we do not allow any walkers in the 15K Race. Anyone interested in walking can register for the 3 Mile Walk on Saturday, July 13.
How much time do I have to complete the 15K?
Runners should complete the 15K within two hours. After two hours, the streets open to traffic, especially for emergency vehicles. The course will be closed at 10:30am sharp. NO EXCEPTIONS!
How much time do I have to complete the 5K?
5K runners must complete the course in 45 minutes in order to clear the course for the wheelchair racers.
Can I have a stroller or my pet in the race?
No strollers or pets are allowed in any Boilermaker event. However in the 3-mile walk we do allow strollers.
Which hotel is closest to the start line?
Our official hotel, the Radisson Utica Centre, 200 Genesee Street, Utica, New York (315) 797-8010, is closest to the start line.
Can I walk to the start from any of the hotels?
It is approximately two miles to the start line from the closest hotels.
Can I walk from any of the hotels to the finish line?
Yes, both the Radisson Hotel Utica Centre and the Hotel Utica are within 0.3 mile from the finish.
Where can I park for the race?
There is some parking near the start line in the area surrounding ECR International and near the finish line at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company. Space is limited to public streets. There is no special reserved parking, so check your options early.
Start line in the area surrounding ECR International:
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Finish line at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company:
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Are there shuttles available on Race Day?
Yes. Shuttle buses will transport runners to the 15K start line from 6 am to 7:00 a.m. Arrive early for the shuttles. Don’t plan on taking the last shuttle to the start. Pick up locations are:
1) Near the Finish Line at the corner of Court Street and State Street.
2) Near the rear of the Post Race Party area on Whitesboro Street.
3) Shuttles will also be available from the Post Race Party on Whitesboro Street to the start line until 1 p.m.
Please arrive early to use this shuttle bus service.
Can anyone ride the shuttle?
No. Shuttle buses are reserved for Boilermaker runners.
Is there a cause/specific charity that benefits from this race?
The Boilermaker supports charitable organizations through a variety of means. Within the Corporate Cup Challenge we award three $500 awards to randomly chosen not for profits nominated by the various teams. They are chosen at the awards ceremony held after the Boilermaker.
On Saturday of Boilermaker Weekend a pasta dinner is hosted at Mohawk Valley Community College with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.Annually a 'charity of choice' becomes the recipient of the proceeds of the 3 Mile Walk that takes place Saturday of Boilermaker Weekend. For 2013 we are honoring The Neighborhood Center.
The Boilermaker awards a number of $1,000 scholarships to local high school runners who exemplify the best in our sport.
Finally, our volunteers participate in a series of community 'give backs' to make our home a better place. Events such as the Regional Cleanup, Saranac Thursday, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association’s National Walk Day represent but a sampling of events we have supported.
Are pets allowed?
We all love pets but for everyone's safety please leave them home where they are safe and cool.