About the Boilermaker

When is the Boilermaker?

The Boilermaker is always run on the second Sunday of July. This year, the race will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The 5K Race starts at 7:15 AM, the Wheelchair Race starts at 7:45 AM and the 15K Race starts at 8 AM.


Registration

When can I register?

Open registration will begin at 12pm on Friday, March 15th, 2019.

How can I register?

The only way to register is online through RunSignUp which can be accessed through boilermaker.com. Registration will stay open until each event reaches its cap. Once the cap is reached in that event, you will have the option to be placed on the waiting list.

I deferred my registration in 2018. Do I still need to register for the 2019 Race?

Yes! If you deferred your 2018 registration, an instructional e-mail will be sent in February 2019. If your e-mail has changed since your 2018 deferral, please inform us at racedirector@boilermaker.com.

Can I get a paper application?

No! All registrations must be done online through RunSignUp.

What are the caps this year?

The cap for the 15K Race will remain at 14,500. The cap for the 5K Race will remain at 4,500.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes! As soon as each race reaches its caps you will need to opt in to be placed on the waiting list. You can sign up for the waiting list by going to: https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NY/Utica/Boilermaker. If a spot opens up, you will be notified via e-mail and you will have 48 hours to register from when the e-mail was sent. If you do not register within 48 hours you will be removed from the list. If want to be added to the list you will need to register for the waiting list again. (The Boilermaker is not responsible if your e-mail notice goes to your spam folder.)

Can I walk the Boilermaker 15K or 5K races?

No, walkers are not allowed! Both the 15K and 5K races are timed events with time limits.

How do I know my registration has been processed?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail letting you know your registration has been processed.

What do I do if I did not get a confirmation email?

Check your spam box first. If you don't find it there you can request an additional e-mail by clicking here: https://runsignup.com/How-To/Resend-the-Confirmation-Email.

If you are still not receiving a confirmation e-mail, contact racedirector@boilermaker.com.

What do I put down for Seed Time?

Your seed time is your estimated finishing time. Times may be verified by our timing company.

How can I verify my registration?

Log in to the RunSignUp account you used to register for the race. RunSignUp can be accessed through boilermaker.com.

What do I do if I entered incorrect information on my registration?

You can make most corrections yourself prior to the race by logging into your RunSignUp account and updating your information. Email racedirector@boilermaker.com. Include your confirmation number, name, city, state, daytime phone number and a description of the registration error.

Can I get a refund?

No! All fees are non-refundable!


Pre-Race

Hotels

Which hotel is closest to the start line?

Our official hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica, 102 Lafayette Street, Utica, New York (315) 724-7829, is very close to the start line.

Can I walk to the start from any of the hotels?

It is approximately three miles to the start line from the closest hotels.

Can I walk from any of the hotels to the finish line?

Yes, both the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica and the Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica are approximately 0.3 mile from the finish.

I Can't Run

How Do I Transfer my Registration to Another Runner?

Transfers will open at 12pm on Friday, April 12th, 2019.

1) Go to runsignup.com, click on "SIGN IN".
2) Enter your email and password then click "SIGN IN"
3) Click on "PROFILE".
4) You will see your name scroll to the blue boxes at the bottom.
5) Under Runner Links is "My Registered Races" click on that.
6) Then click on "VIEW/EDIT REGISTRATIONS"
7) On the left side blue box is "Transfer to Another Runner" click on that
8) in Recipient Information type in the person's First Name,Last Name and Email Address.
9) Select the Transfer Type: "Registration Gift" or "Registration Transfer" (TRANSFER FOR A REFUND)

If I am not able to run can I give my bib number to someone else?

No! Your bib number is your unique race identification and is the only way race officials can identify you. However, you may be able to transfer your registration during our transfer period (April 12th, 2019 – June 14th, 2019) through the RunSignUp or you can defer your registration. Please see the "Registration Rules"

Can I defer my registration to next year's race?

Please note that as a "Deferred Runner", YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND.

YOU WILL HAVE TO REGISTER NEXT YEAR.

You will receive a limited guaranteed entry and early access to next year's registration which allows you to register with early-bird pricing.

Deferrals are allowed in the 5K and 15K Races only. Please see the "Registration Rules".

All Deferrals must be made online.
Online requests accepted from Noon on 4/7/19 until 7 AM on 7/14/19.
All 5K and 15K deferrals will be accepted.
The Deferral is a "Limited Guaranteed Entry."
Deferred runners will have one (1) week to register prior to when "Open Registration" begins for the 2020 event.
Deferred runners MUST pay for registration.
Runners must inform the Boilermaker of e-mail address changes. Send emails to: racedirector@boilermaker.com.
Deferred Runners will receive an e-mail in February of 2020 with instructions on how to register for the 2020 race.
Runners will have ONLY one (1) week to register.
The Boilermaker Road Race is not responsible for a deferred runner who gets closed out of the race.
The Boilermaker Road Race is not responsible for e-mails that go to your spam folder or your ability to logon to register.

How can I defer my registration?

1) Go to runsignup.com, click on "SIGN IN"
2) Enter your email and password then click "SIGN IN"
3) Click on "PROFILE"
4) You will see your name Scroll to the blue boxes at the bottom
5) Under Runner Links is "My Registered Races"
6) Then click on "VIEW/EDIT REGISTRATIONS"
7) On the left side are red boxes click on "Defer Registration"
8) Review that you are deferring your Boilermaker Deferral Information. Once you have done that then click on the blue box "CONFIRM DEFERRAL"

Expo

Can I bring my pet to the Fitness Mill Health and Wellness Expo?

No! It is an indoor expo and pets are not allowed in the buildings. Please leave them home where they are safe and cool.

Where and when do I pick up my bib number?

Bib numbers can be picked up at the Fitness Mill Health and Wellness Expo on Friday, July 12th from Noon to 7 PM and Saturday, July 13th from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The Expo is held at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, New York. We strongly discourage race day bib pickup. However, out of town runners who can't make it to the expo can pick up their bib numbers race morning. 15K runners can pick up their bib numbers from 6 AM – 7 AM at ECR International, 2201 Dwyer Avenue, Utica, New York. 5K runners can pick up their bib numbers from 6 AM - 6:45 AM on Burrstone Road (near the Six-Mile Mark), Utica, New York. Please get there early to allow yourself enough time to pick up your number and get to the start line. Remember the starting gun waits for no one!

Can I get my bib number mailed to me?

No! The bib numbers are not ready until the Thursday before the race.

Can someone else pick up my bib number?

Yes, someone else may pick up your bib number but he/she must present a note from you authorizing them to do so, along with a copy of your photo ID.


Race Day

Parking

Where can I park for the 5K Race?

Runners can now use the west parking lot at ConMed on Chenango Road in Utica and then ride the shuttle to the 5K start. Also there is plenty of parking near, in and around Murnane Field. Just remember the roads start closing at 5 a.m. Please use the parking spots. Do not park in no-parking zones.

Where can I park for the 15K Race?

There is some parking near the start line in the area surrounding ECR International and near the finish line at the FX 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 near Beechgrove Place:

15k Start Line parking map
The finish line area near the FX Matt Brewing Company:

15k Finish Line parking map

Shuttles

Can I take a Birnie Bus shuttle to the start of the 5K Race?

Yes! You can park at ConMed on Chenango Road, Utica. The Birnie Bus 5K Shuttle will run from 5:30 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. Do not plan on taking the last shuttle. Remember the starting gun waits for no one! Please note there is no baggage truck for the 5K!

Are there Birnie Bus shuttles between the 5K and 15K Race starts?

No! If you have someone running the 5K race you must drop them off. The 5K Birnie Bus shuttle stop at ConMed is a great spot to drop the 5K runners and head to where you are going to park for the 15K race.

Is there a shuttle for the 15K Race?

Yes! Birnie Buses will transport runners to the 15K Race start line from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. 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 the Birnie Bus service.

Can anyone ride the Birnie Bus shuttles?

No! Birnie Buses are reserved for Boilermaker runners.

Is there a baggage truck?

There is a baggage truck for the 15K Race ONLY!!! There is a truck near the start line of the 15K Race. All baggage MUST be placed in a CLEAR PLASTIC BAG with the runner's name and bib number on it. All baggage is subject to inspection. Backpacks, duffle bags or coolers WILL NOT BE accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS!! There is no baggage check for the 5K Race!!

The Race

I ran the 15K last year and qualified, can I register for the 5K as a preferred runner?

Yes, if you ran the 15K or 5K in qualifying time in 2018, you can register for either the 2019 15K or 5K as a preferred runner during early access registration starting on March 7th.

I ran the 5K last year and qualified, can I register as a preferred runner for the 15K?

Yes, if you ran the 15K or 5K in qualifying time in 2018, you can register for either the 2019 15K or 5K as a preferred runner during early access registration starting on March 7th.

How long do I have to complete the 5K Race?

You must complete the 5K Race within 45 minutes. Anyone finishing over 45 minutes will not receive an official finisher's time or pin and you will not be granted Early Access registration for the 2020 race.

How long do I have to complete the 15K Race?

You must complete the 15K within 2 hours and 30 minutes. Anyone finishing over 2 hours and 30 minutes will not receive an official finisher's time or pin and you will not be granted Early Access registration for the 2020 race.

Can I run with my pet or use a stroller in the race?

No strollers or pets are allowed in any Boilermaker event.

Is there a cause/specific Charity that benefits from this race?

The Boilermaker Road Race itself is a 501c3 organization that operates the Boilermaker Urban Initiative, the organization's community outreach arm. The Boilermaker also supports charitable organizations through a variety of means. We select charities to support with our Charity Bib Program which has raised close to $500,000. Within the Corporate Cup Challenge we award three $500 awards to randomly chosen non profits nominated by the various teams. On Saturday of Boilermaker Weekend a pasta buffet is hosted at Mohawk Valley Community College with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. The Boilermaker awards four scholarships annually to local high school runners who exemplify the best in our sport. Events such as Saranac Thursday and the American Heart Association's National Walking Day represent only a sampling of outside events we support.