Wheelchair Race

Sitrin Health Care CenterWheelchair Race

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The Boilermaker Wheelchair Division is one of the largest and most competitive fields in the country. Athletes experience the world renowned 15k course, recognized for its fun, entertaining yet challenging course, and its post-race party at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company. The Boilermaker offers up to $36,700 in prize money for wheelchair athletes.

With 3 ice and water stops at every mile, strong attention to medical detail, and crowd support that is like no other race, the Boilermaker 15K is an event not to be missed.

Wheelchair Race

Wheelchair Race Divisions

The Wheelchair Race is comprised of 5 divisions with payouts in each, for a total up to $36,700.

Mens Open
Womens Open

Mens Masters
Womens Masters

Athletes with Quadrapalegia Open (Men and Women combined)

Prizes & Awards

Open Men and Women

  • 1st - $4,000.00
  • 2nd - $2,500.00
  • 3rd - $1,500.00
  • 4th - $1,000.00
  • 5th - $750.00
  • 6th - $500.00
  • 7th - $400.00
  • 8th - $300.00
  • 9th - $200.00
  • 10th - $100.00

Masters Men and Women (40 & Above)

  • 1st - $2,000.00
  • 2nd - $1,250.00
  • 3rd - $750.00
  • 4th - $500.00
  • 5th - $300.00
  • 6th - $200.00
  • 7th - $100.00

Open Quad

  • 1st - $2,000.00
  • 2nd - $1,250.00
  • 3rd - $750.00

Sitrin Wheelchair Challenge

The Sitrin Wheelchair Challenge program provides a racing wheelchair to the program participant that can complete the Boilermaker 15K in 2 hours and 15 minutes or less. Since 1997, 28 racing wheelchairs have been awarded to the Challengers. Program participants are chosen though an application process. Typically one chair is awarded per year. Applicants not chosen to be the Challenger can still participate in the race, but are not eligible to win the racing chair. Winners of the racing chair are not eligible to win prize money.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Start Time:

7:45 a.m.

Distance & Course:

15 kilometers, (9.3 miles), USATF recertified in 2012. The course is marked in kilometers and miles. Over twenty official water and aid stations. Streets are closed to traffic for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Splits are given every mile and at 5K and 10K.

Start Location:

Culver Ave. near Beechgrove Pl.
Utica, NY

Pre-Race Birnie Buses:

Birnie Buses for the wheelchair participants leave MVCC and Boilermaker Headquarters on the corner of Sunset Avenue and Court Street (near the finish line) at 6:15am


The course is restricted to registered runners, wheelchair division athletes and official race personnel. We strongly discourage the use of headphones.

Packet Pickup:

The Boilermaker Expo
Friday, July 6th & Saturday, July 7th