The Boilermaker 15K & 5K Road Race


BoolermakerThe Boolermaker Kid’s Run is a Halloween-themed, untimed run focused on fun and fitness.

Activities offered include; face painting/ temporary tattoos, fingerprinting, photo booth, Shriner clowns, Zoomobile, musical entertainment, fitness activity area, and health education.

Run distances are age-appropriate.

At the end of the run each child will receive a commemorative Boolermaker chinch bag as well as a variety of healthy snacks in a secured tent area.


Saturday, October 25, 2014


10:00 a.m.


Masonic Care Community, Bleeker St. Utica, NY


$5.00 a child Registration is capped at 600 children from ages 4-12 years old.

Registration: Friday, October 17th from 5:00-8:00 PM and
Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
at Sangertown Square, Center Court.
There will be no run day registration!


8:00: Activities open at gym
Run times (approximate depending on amount of heats) Runners should be at the start line 10 minutes prior to the run.
10:00 am: ¼ mile run  4-6 year old, special needs
10:15 am: ½ mile run  7-8 year old
10:30 am: ¾ mile run  9-10 year old
10:45 am: 1 mile run  11-12 year old


If running in costume use common sense. Outfits that pose a tripping hazard, masks that cover the face, weaponry, etc. are all   highly discouraged. No strollers, wheelies, in-line skates or pets. Please wear sneakers appropriate for running.


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Boolermaker FAQ

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  • What is the Boolermaker?

    The Boolermaker is a Kid’s Run that takes place the Saturday before Halloween; this year it will be taking place on October 25, 2014.

  • Where does it take place?

    The Boolermaker takes place at the Masonic Care Community, 2150 Bleeker Street, Utica.

  • What age children can participate?

    Children from 4 to 12 years old are welcome to participate. This is an untimed run.

  • Can children run in costume?

    Yes. However, we ask that costumes are appropriate for running safely.

  • Is there parking at Masonic?

    Yes, there is parking on the grounds. This is a grassy area, should we experience soaking rains the area may not be available. Due to safety concerns (the run ends near the parking lot) the front gates will be shut at 9:45 PM. Please do not enter the main entrance (where the guard shack is) or through Acacia Village (Welsh Bush Road).

    When leaving Masonic Care Community please do not leave heading towards Welsh Bush Road as children may be running their event on the same road.

  • Is there a charge?

    Yes, $5 per participant.

  • When and where will registration take place?

    Registration will be taking place at Sangertown Square, Center Court
    Friday, October 17th from 5:00-8:00 PM
    Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
    There will be no run day registration.

  • Why don’t you do on-line registration?

    We need to issue out security tags that identify parents/ guardians with the child. We would rather physically give the tags out at the time of registration.

  • Is the race capped for participation?

    Yes, the race is limited to 600 participants.

  • So what goes on at the Expo?

    The Expo, which begins at 8:00 AM will feature both activities to warm the kids us as well as healthy snacks/ education. There will be face painting, clowns, a photo area as well as child ID. If you are planning on having your child go through the child ID process please do it prior to getting their faces painted.

    We will have Expo layout finalized and out prior to Boolermaker Saturday.

  • What time do the runs take place?

    4-6 year olds, 1/4 mile - 10:00 AM
    7-8 year olds 1/2 mile - 10:15 AM
    9-10 year olds 3/4 mile - 10:30 AM
    11-12 year olds 1 mile - 10:45 AM
    We have a special needs run that is a 1/4 mile - 10:00 AM

  • Can I run with my child?

    Yes, however...

    If possible to both ease congestion on the course and avoiding knocked over kids we ask, if possible, your child run solo. This also makes dealing with the finish line shoot leading into the secured tent area easier.

  • Can I run with a pet or baby stroller?

    No, due to safety concerns both are prohibited on the course. In addition, we ask you to please leave your pets at home.

  • What takes place at the Boolermaker Post Race/ Reunion Tent?

    All our participants will receive a cinch bag compliments of our Presenting Sponsor Adirondack Bank. There they get a chance to fill their bag with healthy treats. Weather permitting a large leaf pile will be available for jumping. We will be publishing a list of items out little ghosts and goblins will be receiving prior to the Boolermaker.

  • Will you be selling Boolermaker shirts again?

    Yes we will. New this year we will be selling shirts in both children and adult sizes. They will be available at Sangertown Square during registration.

  • How do I reclaim my child from the reunion area?

    You and your child will each be given a unique wrist bracelet when you register- do not lose them! On run day please wear them, this is the system law enforcement will use to match child with adult. If you have multiple children running you will be given an identification bracelet for each one.

Have a frighteningly good time!