The Boilermaker is dedicated to leading the healthy lifestyle movement through exercise and fun. In 1978, the Boilermaker began as a 15K road race to celebrate founding sponsor ECR International's Utica Boiler brand 50th anniversary, with 876 runners. Today it is a week long extravaganza drawing nearly 20,000 runners from around the world.
Held in Utica, New York, the gateway to the Adirondacks, Boilermaker Week includes a host of activities for runners, the community, sponsors and volunteers. The Boilermaker events, such as The Fitness Mill Health and Wellness Expo, the Utica National 5K Race and the Utica National Kids' Run allow the community to show visitors from all over the world the best of what the area has to offer. The Boilermaker has also grown to be much More Than a Race, but a catalyst to improve the physical and emotional well-being of the community through the Boilermaker Urban Initiative.
If you are an avid runner or someone who wants to meet a new personal fitness goal, the Boilermaker 15K presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is for you. With a challenging, spectator-lined course, the Boilermaker 15K is often referred to as the nation's best 15K—due in part to the Saranac Post-Race Party at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.