About the Boilermaker

When is the Boilermaker?

The Boilermaker always takes place on the second Sunday of July. This year, the race will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017. The 5K Race starts at 7:15 a.m., the wheelchair division starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 15K Race starts at 8 a.m.


Registration

How Do I Transfer my Registration to Another Runner?

Transfers will open at 12pm on Friday, April 14th, 2017.

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)

When can I register?

Open registration will begin at 12pm on Saturday, March 18th, 2017.

How can I register?

The only place to register is at 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 2016 do I still need to register for the 2017 Race?

Yes! If you registered for a deferral in 2016 registration an instructional email will be sent in February.

Can I get a paper application?

No! All registrations must be done online at boilermaker.com

What are the caps this year?

The cap for the 15K Race has been raised to 14,500. The cap for the 5K Race will remain at 4,500 and the 3-Mile Walk will remain at 1,000.

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 have 48 hours to register once you are notified. If you do not register within 48 hours you will be removed from the list. If you still want to be on the list you will need to register again. (The Boilermaker is not responsible if your email notice goes to your spam folder.)

If I am registered for the 15K or the 5K Races, can I do the walk with my race bib?

No! For insurance reasons you must register for all events you wish to participate in.

Can I walk the Boilermaker 5K?

No! Walkers are not allowed in the 5K Race. Anyone interested in walking can register for the Boilermaker Walk that takes place Mohawk Valley Community College on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Can I walk the Boilermaker 15K?

No! Walkers are not allowed in the 15K Race. Anyone interested in walking can register for the Boilermaker Walk that takes place at Mohawk Valley Community College on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

How do I know my registration goes through?

You will receive a confirmation email letting you know your registration was received.

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 email by clicking here: https://runsignup.com/How-To/Resend-the-Confirmation-Email.

What do I put down for Seed Time?

This is where you put your best 15K Race finishing time in the last 2 years. If you have never run a 15K Race, enter your time for a distance you have run and we will get you properly assigned.

How can I verify my registration?

Go to boilermaker.com and click on the box that says "Registration Verification."

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 Run Sign Up account and updating your information. Email corrections@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!

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

The Boilermaker supports charitable organizations through a variety of means. The Boilermaker selects charities to support with their "Charity Bib Program." 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. Annually, a 'charity of choice' becomes the recipient of the proceeds of the 3 Mile Walk that takes place Saturday of Boilermaker Weekend. The Boilermaker awards four scholarships annually to local high school runners who exemplify the best in our sport. Finally, our volunteers participate in a series of community 'give backs' to make our home a better place. The Boilermaker Road Race itself is a 501c3 organization that operates the Boilermaker Urban Initiative, the organization's community outreach arm. Events such as the Saranac Thursday, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association's National Walk Day represent only a sampling of events we have supported.


Pre-Race

Hotels

Which hotel is closest to the start line?

Our official hotel, the Radisson Utica Centre, 200 Genesee Street, Utica, New York (315) 797-8010, is closest to the start line.

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

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

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

Yes, both the Radisson Hotel Utica Centre and the Hotel Utica are within 0.3 mile from the finish.

I Can't Run

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 during our transfer period (April 14th, 2017 – June 16th, 2017) your registration through the Boilermaker Website or 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 AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE. You will receive a limited guaranteed entry and early access to next year's registration.

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 4/14/17 until 7am on 7/9/17.
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" opens for the 2018 event.
Deferred runners MUST register at Full Price.
Runners must inform the Boilermaker of email address changes. Send emails to:corrections@boilermaker.com.
Deferred Runners will receive an email in February of 2018 with instructions on how to register for the 2018 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 emails 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 Planet Fitness Health and Fitness 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 Planet Fitness Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, July 7th from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 8th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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 a.m. – 7 a.m. at ECR International, 2201 Dwyer Avenue, Utica, New York. 5K runners can pick up their bib numbers from 6 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. 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 some one 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 a.m. 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 5K as a preferred runner?

Yes, if you ran the 15k or 5k in qualifying time in 2016, you can register for either the 2017 15k or 5k as a preferred runner during early access registration starting on March 9th.

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 2016, you can register for either the 2017 15k or 5k as a preferred runner during early access registration starting on March 9th.

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 2018 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 2018 race.

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

No strollers or pets are allowed in any Boilermaker event. However, in the 3-Mile Walk we do allow strollers.