The Boilermaker Road Race was established in 1978 by Earle C. Reed. Reed was looking for a way to give back to the community that had supported his family's business, Utica Radiator (now ECR International). The 15K road race began with just 876 runners and a budget of $750.
In 1983, renowned distance runner, Bill Rodgers, not only participated but won the race with a time of 44:38. Rodgers elevated the race by bringing both national exposure and credibility to the event. Since then, the Boilermaker has attracted elite runners from all over the world, including Olympians and world record holders. In fact, the Boilermaker has been named by the Analytical Distance Runner as the most competitive 15K road race in the world.
Today, the Boilermaker road race hosts over 19,000 runners per year. Boilermaker Weekend offers events for participants of every age and skill level. It has grown to include fitness and special events, such as the FX Caprara Ram of Watertown 5K Race, Utica National Kids' Run, Bank of America Youth Olympics, The Fitness Mill Health and Wellness Expo, and more. Designed around the weekend's crown jewel, the Boilermaker 15K Road Race presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Boilermaker Weekend promotes a healthy lifestyle with a focus on fun, family, and community spirit!