Posted on September 11, 2014
Sept. 11, 2014 (Utica, NY)- The second annual Boolermaker Kid's Run will take place Saturday, October 25th, at the Masonic Care Community. Participants between the ages of four and twelve will run age-appropriate distances ranging from ¼ mile to one mile. At the pre-race Expo families can participate in seasonal activities as well as be educated on healthy habits. The Expo opens at 8:00 AM with the first run taking place at 10:00 AM. Participants are encouraged to dress in running appropriate costumes.
At the secured Post Race area participants will receive a commemorative Boolermaker cinch bag to fill with food and treats, capped off with toothpaste and dental floss.
Registration will take place at Sangertown Square, Center Court:
Friday, Oct. 17th, from 5:00-8:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
There will not be run day registration. Registration will be capped at 600 participants and children must be registered to run. There will be a $5 registration fee with family rates available.
The Boolermaker- Where getting fit isn't scary!
Posted on August 18, 2014
August 6, 2014 (Utica, NY) - The F.X. Matt 1888 Tavern, overlooking the Boilermaker Finish line, was a fitting venue for the Boilermaker Charity Bib Finale. Eleven local not for profits were the recipients of 200 Boilermaker racing slots for this year's race that were made available to runners raising a minimum of $500 for one of the agencies. The cumulative total of all the funds raised was nearly $141,000. In two years the Charity Bib Program has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Thirty one runners raised over $1,000 gaining them entry to the finale event.
'The Charity Bib Program is clearly one of the centerpieces of the Boilermaker as a positive change-agent within our community' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker. 'This initiative will only get bigger thanks to these fantastic participants.'
One of the charitable organizations in this year's class was United Cerebral Palsy. 'The pledges that our amazing runners raised will benefit children at United Cerebral Palsy by increasing physical activity options' said Kathy Hartnett, vice president of community development.' We will be installing exercise equipment for adaptive functioning as well as building walking trails.'
Other charities involved in this year's Charity Bib Program are: Masonic Medical Research Lab, CNY Veterans Outreach Center, Food Bank of CNY, Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Make-A-Wish, Friends of the ARC Foundation, ACR Health, CNY Susan B. Komen for the Cure, Sitrin Health Care Center and Juvenile Diabetes of CNY.
Posted on August 4, 2014
UTICA, NY (7/30/2014) – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, a check in the amount of $1,337.35 was presented to Food Bank of Central New York by representatives from the Boilermaker Road Race, Smith Packing, and the New York Beef Council. The check represents the funds raised during the hot dog sale at the Boilermaker Expo. Runners, their families and friends were able to purchase delicious Honest John's Hot Dogs.
Honest John's, the official hot dog of the Boilermaker, donated the hot dogs and condiments for the fundraiser while Bimbo Bakeries/Freihofer's supplied the rolls. All hot dogs sold for $1 each and many generous donations were received as well. Food Bank staff and volunteers led the hot dog sale at the Expo.
"Smith Packing Company is proud of our partnership with the Boilermaker Road Race, and the Food Bank of Central New York. It was our privilege to provide Honest John's Hot Dogs, the Official Hot Dog of the Boilermaker, to directly benefit the Food Bank of Central New York. We feel it is important to look for ways to support our local community and would like to thank Tim Reed, Lynn Hy, and Jean O'Toole for their efforts to make this event a success," Eric Smith, President at Smith Packing, said.
"The Boilermaker loves to be a part of a public- private partnership that benefits our community," stated Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. Jean O'Toole, Director of Public Relations and Promotions at the NY Beef Council added "New York Beef Council is proud to have been part of this endeavor, all of our efforts created an amazing synergy to support the Food Bank of CNY in their fight against hunger!"
For more information about this donation, please contact Lynn Hy at 315-437-1899 x247, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 16,074,870 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.
Posted on July 31, 2014
July 30, 2014 (Utica, NY)- The F.X. Matt 1888 Tavern was the location of the annual Corporate Cup awards. This year makes the 31st anniversary of the Corporate Cup which is sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. 'This event totally fits within our corporate strategy of promoting fitness' said Eve Van de Wal, regional president of Excellus. 'It's obvious that the promotion of healthy competition has brought out the best in these organizations.'
A total of 65 teams representing nearly 700 runners competed in the event. The top three teams in each of nine divisions received plaques.
In addition, a drawing was held to award three, five hundred dollar donations to not for profits nominated by corporate cup teams. The winning charities were:
Syracuse Ride for Missing Children (Rochester, NY) - selected by the Saab Team
Hospice Care - selected by the New Hartford Vol. Fire Dept. Team
Camden Food Pantry - selected by the Camden Central School Team
'The Corporate Cup teams demonstrate that businesses are running well, at least in the in the Boilermaker!' said Cosmo Castellano, the corporate cup coordinator. 'It is terrific to see our teams return year after year for healthy competition. The not for profit awards really take this event to another level.'
Fastest overall runners were Eileen Ferguson (National Grid) who clocked in at 01:03:37, while Nick Bedbury (SRC, Inc.) finished in 00:51:31.
The fastest overall team was SRC Inc, which competed in the Open Division, and posted a team time of 01:03:39.
Complete results can be found at:
Posted on July 29, 2014
July 28, 2014 (Utica, NY) - The 2014 Boilermaker Shadow Run, that was cancelled due to high temperatures has been tentatively rescheduled to take place Saturday August 2nd at Camp Buerhing, Kuwait.
The Boilermaker has sent race support gear including a start/ finish line banner that traditionally has been signed by participants and returned to Utica for display. In addition, the race sent special commemorative 'chill towels' that, when soaked and placed on skin, reduce temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
Since 2008 the Boilermaker has supported six overseas Shadow Runs; three in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.
'We are thankful of the USO's willingness to put on this event' said 1st Lieutenant Jeffery Ruso of the 42nd Combat Air Brigade (National Guard).'This means a lot to all the New Yorkers deployed here.'
Lieutenant Ruso was the Race Director of the 2012 Boilermaker Shadow Run that took place in Afghanistan. That race was postponed by two weeks due to an unplanned military operation.
Because of the traditionally extreme temperatures Kuwait experiences in summertime the 15k will start at 5:00 AM followed by the 5k five minutes later. Sunrise in Kuwait takes place at 5:09 AM. Start time temperatures could range between 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures at noon traditionally are between 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
'We are excited to host the Boilermaker Run here at Camp Buerhring' said Tiffany Banks, USO center manager.' We are hopeful for a large turnout from folks on base.'
Posted on July 21, 2014
Westmoreland, NY (July 21, 2014) – The Food Bank of Central New York won the race! The Boilermaker Road Race? In a sense, yes! The partnership of five sponsors of the Boilermaker Road Race, created a promotion utilizing an iconic road race and its iconic, namesake burger – The Boilermaker Burger!
The New York Beef Council along with Babe's Macaroni Grill, Carmella's Cafe the Boilermaker and Town Square Medias (TSM) radio stations teamed together to promote the sale of the Boilermaker Burger this year. Each burger sold resulted in $.50 cents being donated to the Food Bank of CNY! In addition to the burger donation, TSM radio stations encouraged listeners to buy a burger and donate on line towards the Food Bank of CNY
The result? A grand total of $670 will be donated to the Food Bank of CNY. Lynn Hy, Director of Philanthropy & Development is excited; "this grand total will help us acquire and distribute enough food for more than 1,664 meals and is a tremendous feat for the first year of this endeavor!"
The Boilermaker Burger was created for the Boilermaker Road Race four years ago. The combined efforts of Boilermaker sponsors helped create an amazing burger that is only offered in participating restaurants for five weeks during "Boilermaker Season"! This year, all entities involved wanted to give back to a charity as a way to say "thank you" to the success of the burger! All partners hope this endeavor will live on for future Boilermaker's to come!
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.
Consumer-focused and producer-directed, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and its state beef council partners are the marketing organization for the largest segment of the food and fiber industry.
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 16,074,870 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs
Posted on July 14, 2014
July 13, 2014(Utica, NY)- Kristen Copeland, Co-anchor of NewsChannel 2, was awarded the Les Divin Award at the Boilermaker Expo. Les Divin was a sports reporter for the Utica Daily Press and Observer Dispatch for over forty years. "I cannot accept this award alone" said Kristen. "This could not happen without the entire WKTV team." Previous recipients of the Divin Award include Steve McMurray, and Jason Powles, also of WKTV.
"Kristin was really an easy selection" said Tim Reed president of the Boilermaker. "Her dedication, be it the Go the Distance Program that trains first time Boilermaker runners, to her reporting prowess made her the award winner."
Kristin is part of a Boilermaker family with parents and brother participants in various Boilermaker events and husband, a videographer at the finish line.
Kristen is the mother of a daughter, Summer, who celebrated her first birthday on Boilermaker Sunday.
Posted on July 13, 2014
ALL RACES ARE ON FOR TODAY. POST RACE PARTY WILL END AT 11.
Posted on July 12, 2014
Posted on July 7, 2014
UTICA, N.Y.—In preparation of its 37st running, the Boilermaker Road Race is pleased to unveil the addition of the 'M&T Mile' to the 2014 race to be held Sunday, July 13.
M&T Bank will host a mile-long cheer zone for spectators on the 8th mile mark on Whitesboro Street. M&T will distribute cowbells to support cheering efforts while offering music and water to provide a comfortable and entertaining atmosphere.
"The Boilermaker has become a premier event for the Utica community, attracting runners from across the country, and all over the world," said Allen J. Naples, Central New York regional president at M&T Bank. "We look to forward to joining our customers and neighbors in the excitement, and hope the M&T Mile gives participants added encouragement to cross the finish line."
"The final stretch of the course can be very challenging for our participants," said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker. "We know the runners will appreciate the efforts of M&T to make this mile one to look forward to—not one to dread."
About Boilermaker Road Race
The Boilermaker Road Race, run in Utica New York is one of the largest 15k road races in North America. Celebrating its 37th year in existence; over 250,000 runners have participated in the Boilermaker.
About M&T Bank
Founded in 1856, M&T Bank Corp. (www.mtb.com) is one of the 20 largest U.S. commercial bank holding companies, with more than 700 branch offices and 1,500 ATMs in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Posted on July 3, 2014
July 3, 2014 (Utica, NY) - During this year's Boilermaker Expo attendants will have a chance to buy a hot dog and help a local charity. Smith Packing Company, manufacturer of Honest John Hot Dogs and Freihofer's Baking Company have donated hot dogs and rolls to support the Food Bank of Central New York.
"It's about supporting the local community and Honest John's Hot Dogs is proud to partner with the Boilermaker and Food Bank of CNY, said Eric Smith, president of Smith Packing.
The hot dogs, which will cost a dollar, will be prepared by volunteers and staff of the Food Bank of CNY and offered Friday and Saturday at the Expo held at Mohawk Valley Community College. All funds raised from the Boilermaker Expo Hot Dog Sale will be used by the Food Bank for their hunger-relief mission.
'This is the sort of public- private partnership that makes great things happen', said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race.' This gives us the opportunity to showcase two local food manufacturers while providing funds to support food distribution in our community.'
"Food Bank of Central New York is working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. This partnership is a prime example of the type of community partnership we need to achieve our mission," stated Lynn Hy, director of philanthropy at the Food Bank of Central New York.
The 37th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday July 13, 2014 in Utica, NY.
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 13,420,441 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.
Posted on June 27, 2014
June 24, 2014 (Utica, NY)- The Boilermaker Road Race is pleased to announce this year's winners of the Coach Peter DeStefano Volunteer of the Year Award. Two Volunteers were chosen this year award for their hard work and longtime dedication to the race. Our first recipient is Donna Freitas who is has been the Water Stop Captain at Faxton - St Luke's Healthcare for the past 27 years, keeping our runners well hydrated. Our second recipient is Bob "Coach" Carlson who has headed up the Traffic and Safety Committee for 25 years, helping to maintain a safe course for all the participants. Both represent the true Volunteer Spirit of the race.
The Volunteer of the Year award is named after Peter DeSefano or his nickname "Coach D." He volunteered for many years on the Boilermaker chute crew. Coach D was a physical education teacher at Utica Free Academy and passed away 1988. Volunteer of the Year winners carry on the spirit of Coach D.
The 37th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday July 13th in Utica, New York.
Posted on June 23, 2014
The Boilermaker Road Race announced today the addition of Robert Channing to the Classified reunion concert on Saturday July 12th at the Stanley Theatre in Utica. Robert Channing of New Hartford, a performance artist, mentalist and speed painter, showed off his skills on the NBC show 'America's Got Talent' last night and was rewarded with a spot in the next round of competition. Robert will perform an opening set at 6pm on Saturday July 12th at The Stanley, the evening before the Boilermaker Road Race in Utica.
Posted on June 22, 2014
(Utica, NY)- The Boilermaker Mile scheduled to debut on July 8th has been cancelled but to lack of participation. 'We had expected a couple of hundred runners to sign up for the event but by the deadline only had a handful register' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'While it's disappointing, we are committed to trying again next year.'
The event, formerly called The Road Runner Mile, was focused on top high school/ college milers from the area. The run was to take place at F.T. Proctor Park. 'The reformulated mile event was more to focus on getting everyday community members involved' said Ted Petrillo, Boilermaker Mile Race Director. 'We will refund the entry fee to those that signed up.'
Posted on June 5, 2014
(Utica, NY) The National Distance Running Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its twelfth class of inductees. This years class is Tom Fleming, Fred Wilt and Kim Merritt.
"These individuals are highly worthy and represent the best of American distance running," said Tim Reed, Executive Director of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.
Tom Fleming is a two-time Champion of the New York City Marathon (1973 & 1975). Fleming was a two-time runner up in the Boston Marathon (1973 &1974) and placed 3rd and 4th place in 1975 and 1979. He won the Los Angeles Marathon in 1981 as well as the Cleveland and Toronto International Marathons in 1978. He finished 5th in the 1976 Olympic Trails earning a spot as a marathon alternate. Fleming has served as a personal coach at the following events: Tokyo, Japan 1991 IAAF World Championships, Stuttgart, Germany 1993 IAAF World Championships, Goteborg, Sweden 1995 IAAF World Championships, Atlanta, GA the Olympic Games and the Athens, Greece 1997 IAAF World Championships.
Kim Merritt started running when there were no girls on her high school track team, so she trained with the boys until the athletic director stopped it. She managed to win two state titles in the mile. After high school, Merritt went to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside which, again, had no woman's track team so she again ran with the men. Merritt is the first and only woman to win the New York City, Boston, and Honolulu Marathons. Her NYC Marathon win came in 1975, which was also when she won by six minutes at the AAU Women's National Championship; with a 2:46:14 time.
Fred Wilt won ten National Championships, NCAA two-mile run and four-mile cross country (1941), National AAU 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters cross country (1949), National AAU 5,000 meters (1950), National AAU indoor mile and 5,000 meters (1951), National AAU 10,000 meters Cross Country (1952) and National AAU 10,000 Meters Cross Country (1953). Wilt set five National Records 10,000 meters (1949), 3,000 meter and 5,000 meters (1950), two-mile (1951) and the indoor two-mile.
The National Distance Running Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 12th, at Mohawk Valley Community College in conjunction with the Boilermaker Expo. The Ceremony will be held at 2:30 PM in the Auditorium at the Information Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.
Posted on June 5, 2014
(Utica, NY)- Birnie Bus, the official shuttle service for the Boilermaker, will once again offer transport to out of town runners. In 2013, Birnie Bus offered bus service for 15k runners from the Syracuse, Lowville and Rome area. This year Birnie Bus will also be offering service from the Albany area. Buses offered this year will be luxury motor coaches with laboratories, Wi-Fi and other amenities. In addition all riders will receive a special thank you from Birnie in appreciation for their support of the bus service. 'We consider this a win-win from lessening vehicle traffic, going 'green' as well as relieving stress on our participants' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'This year Birnie has really upped their game by making the ride in and out of town more enjoyable.'
Seating is limited; go to boilermakerbusservice.com for further information and sign up instructions.
Posted on June 1, 2014
(Utica NY)-The Boilermaker Road Race announced a number of changes to the mile event that takes place prior to Boilermaker Weekend.
Formerly the race would take place near the Parkway Rec. Center. This year's run will take place at F.T. Proctor Park, Culver Ave., Utica on Tuesday, July 8th.
The biggest change is opening the mile run, formerly an invitation only event, to the general public. The Boilermaker Mile will feature a number of heats including elite female and male run, special needs and the general community. The run will be capped at 200 total participants. The first heat takes place at 6:00 PM.
"We wanted to have the race on a course that was not extremely challenging that could affect the times of those running the Boilermaker 15k a few days later" said Ted Petrillo race director of the mile run. 'While this will be a timed race, we welcome people of all abilities to engage in some healthy exercise.'>
Registration fee will be ten dollars; all participants who sign up prior to June 21st will receive a commemorative tee shirt.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated for the on-going restoration of the park.
Participants can sign up on boilermaker.com either on-line or download a paper application to mail in.
Posted on May 30, 2014
(Utica, NY)-The Boilermaker Road Race will again support a shadow run overseas- this time in Kuwait. Shadow runs are held on the same day as the run they honor. This will be the seventh of these runs the Boilermaker has supported; three have taken place in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.
1St Lieutenant Jeffery Ruso, of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade (National Guard) who was Race Director of the 2012 run in Afghanistan contacted the Boilermaker about having a run in Kuwait where his unit is currently deployed.
Traditionally the race sends various race support gear.
Temperatures in Kuwait in July traditionally are usually over 110 degrees;
in order to cool the troops the Boilermaker will provide a chill towel sporting the shadow run logo. These towels, when wet, can provide up to 20 degrees cooling.
A limited amount of these towels will be for sale at the Boilermaker Expo and at the Boilermaker online store for $10.
Seifert Graphics will once again donate the start/ finish line banner and Mohawk Global Logistics has volunteered to transport the race gear to Kuwait.
'The race is obviously thrilled to once again support our troops' said Boilermaker President Tim Reed. 'We await their safe return.'
Posted on May 11, 2014
UTICA, NY – The Boilermaker Road Race is proud to announce an exciting concert event during this summer's Boilermaker weekend. On Saturday July 12, the legendary local band Classified will reunite and perform along with the new Utica Pops orchestra, which features over 25 musicians. Each group will perform separately and then together for a dynamite grand-finale medley. The concert starts at 6 p.m. and will allow runners and their families plenty of time to enjoy our local musicians and our beautiful Stanley theatre and still get rested and ready for Sunday's Boilermaker Road Race.
Proceeds from this concert event will benefit the Stanley Theatre and the Utica Pops orchestra. Tickets go on sale this Monday, May 12 at noon at the Stanley Box Office, the phone charge at (315) 724-4000 and through TheStanley.org. Prices start at just $15 with special discounts for Boilermaker runners, Stanley Members and members of the active military.
Special thanks to the Boilermaker Road Race, sponsors of this event. This concert is part of an entire schedule of Boilermaker activities leading up to the big race on Sunday July 13th. For more on those events and details, visit Boilermaker.com.
Posted on May 3, 2014
The Boilermaker Road Race will once again be assisting the legal transferring of race registration from runners who can't participate to those who wish to.
"This year's unprecedented early sellout of both the 15k and 5k race created a situation where many runners found themselves on the outside looking in, so we are hopeful this will give people a second chance to participate," said race director Jim Stasaitis. "For both security and medical purposes we want to see transfers take place within our process."
Those runners who have a registration will have from May 5th until June 13th to unregister. The new runner will have until June 25th to complete the transfer process. The program will be administered through active.com. There is a ten dollar registration fee for the new runner. The Boilermaker is not involved in the payment between the parties.
The Boilermaker will offer a bulletin board on boilermaker.com where those who are looking for a registration will be able to find those who have a registration. The bulletin board will be available from May 5th until June 14th.
Posted on April 18, 2014
Utica, N.Y. – The Boilermaker road race and the American Red Cross will hold a special blood drive in commemoration of the Boston Marathon Bombings on Friday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on 200 Genesee Street in Utica, N.Y. As we remember the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Red Cross invites the community to donate blood to help hospital patients in need, as a healing moment and a special way to mark this solemn occasion.
"We depend on generous volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood for those in need—each and every day—not only during times of national disaster. Last April the American Red Cross sent 600 blood products to Boston area hospitals in response to the tragedy," said Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Blood Services, Field Marketing. "Having a sufficient blood supply is part of preparedness. It's the blood on the shelves today that help save lives tomorrow."
"Last year's Boston Marathon tragedy had a profound impact on runners throughout the country and in the Central New York running community as well," said President, Boilermaker, Tim Reed. "Being able to commemorate the victims through this blood drive gives us a chance to give of ourselves to help others."
All presenting donors at the blood drive will receive a Boilermaker pint glass and a chance to win one of two free entries to the road race* compliments of the Utica Radisson Hotel- Utica Centre and the Boilermaker.
An America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas will be displayed at the blood drive. Presenting blood donors and community members are invited to write or paint a message of hope and unity in the colors red, white and blue on the canvas. The canvas will be joined with others from around the country for a traveling exhibit. On April 20, many of the completed canvases (19,000 square feet) will be presented to the City of Boston, live at Fenway Park, with the Boston Red Sox. For more information on this project, please visit prayercanvasusa.com.
Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong. Your blood and platelet donations can help save the life of a real person in our community. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor.
How to donate blood
Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in New York State), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.
Posted on April 13, 2014
(Utica, NY)- The Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) announced that the PRRO Circuit Championship will take place at the Utica Boilermaker 15K on July 13 in Utica, NY. The Championship, which was previously scheduled at the AJC Peachtree Road Race, was changed in response to Peachtree's focus on the USATF Men's and Women's 10K Championships this year.
"The AJC Peachtree Road Race remains committed to the PRRO Circuit and we look forward to continuing to participate in this world class race circuit. We believe that the Circuit's commitment to drug testing at all PRRO Circuit events remains an important safeguard for the integrity of our sport," said Rich Kenah, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club.
This will be the Utica Boilermaker's first time hosting the PRRO Championship. Winners of PRRO Circuit races during the 2013-2014 season will be able to compete for the Circuit bonus at the Boilermaker, as well as any other bonuses they are eligible for. Race winners will be the first qualifiers to compete for the Circuit Purse at the 2014-2015 PRRO Championship.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to host the prestigious PRRO championships," said Utica Boilermaker race director Jim Stasaitis. "The Boilermaker 15K is the crown jewel in our community's weekend events, and the championships will add an extra shine to the celebration."
The Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) is an alliance of race directors who together organize and promote the PRRO Circuit, a nationwide series of premier non-marathon road racing events. The Circuit's open competition policy (athletes from all countries are eligible) results in the most competitive and high-profile elite fields in the sport at each event. Over $400,000 in prize money is available to competitors in the five race circuit.
"This will certainly give elite athletes one more reason to look at participation in this year's Boilermaker" said Boilermaker elite coordinator, Dick Mattia." Given the right weather conditions, the course record could be broken."
Posted on March 6, 2014
(Utica, N.Y.)- The Boilermaker Road Race revealed the charities involved in the 2014 Boilermaker Charity Bib Program.
Eleven charities will be participating in this year's Charity Bib Program. This year's organizations are: ACR Health, Cardiac Research at Masonic Research, Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, CNY Susan G Koman for the Cure, Food Bank of Central New York, Friends of the Arc Foundation, Sitrin Health Care Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Central New York, Make-A-Wish Central New York, Upstate Cerebral Palsy and Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. There are 200 bibs available among the charities. There were requests for over 500 bibs.
The Boilermaker Charity Bib Program will open on Monday March 10, 2014 at 9:00 am (EST). Participants can sign up for the 15k& 5k races and 3 Mile Walk. The Boilermaker Charity Bib registration link will be located at boilermaker.com.
'We wanted to make sure that all the charity bibs are used this year so we decided to open their registration earlier than open registration' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'This is the one way a runner can insure they get into this year's race.'
Last year's Boilermaker Charity Bib Program, the inaugural year, raised over $105,000 for ten local not for profits.
The 37th running of the Boilermaker will take place Sunday July 13, 2014
Posted on February 10, 2014
NEW HARTFORD – On February 5, 2014, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield awarded local wheelchair racer Lay Aung a brand-new racing chair for his completion of the 2013 Boilermaker Wheelchair Challenge.
As last year's Challenger, Aung set out to complete the Boilermaker 15K in a standard wheelchair in less than two hours and 15 minutes in order to win a custom-fitted racing chair valued at $2,500. Aung surpassed the goal, completing the rigorous course in one hour 23 minutes and 25 seconds!
The Boilermaker Wheelchair Challenge is an initiative to promote health and well-being for individuals with disabilities by providing them with an opportunity to experience America's greatest 15K road race and continue with the sport for years to come.
Aung, a native of Burma, came to Utica after spending 15 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. He lost the ability to stand and walk when he was two years old, though it wasn't until he arrived in the United States in 2010 that he was medically treated and diagnosed with polio. Aung is a member of Sitrin's STARS (Success Through Adaptive Recreation & Sports) Program, participating in wheelchair basketball and road racing.
For more information about Sitrin's STARS Program and the Wheelchair Challenge, please contact Marc DePerno at (315) 737-2459.
Caption for attached photo:
Pictured left to right are Boilermaker Race Director Jim Stasaitis, Boilermaker Executive Director Tim Reed, Sitrin STARS Program Director Marc DePerno, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Eve Van de Wal, Sitrin President & CEO Christa Serafin, and Wheelchair Challenger Lay Aung (front).
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Posted on January 7, 2014
Utica, NY (December 27, 2013) - The Utica Roadrunners announces the return of the Boilermaker Training Program. The program will begin on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. in the Fitness Mill, Main Street, New York Mills. The goals of the program include introducing people to the sport of running, keeping runners motivated and focused on completing the Boilermaker, and promoting the sport of running, according to Mike Kessler, Vice President of Activities and Events for the Utica Roadrunners.
The cost of participation is $25 includes your first year's membership to the Utica Roadrunners as well as five weeks of instruction at the Fitness Mill. Classes include injury prevention, warm up and stretch, footwear and apparel, nutrition and cross training. Following the each of the classes will be running on the indoor track with past Boilermaker Runners. The new runners will be taught how to safely increase their mileage gradually.
In February, the Training Program will meet at the Parkway Recreation Center where the class will start running courses on the roads to prepare them for running America's Best 15K: The Boilermaker.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Boilermaker Training Program can go to HYPERLINK "http://www.train2run15K.com" uticaroadrunners.org or call Linda Turner at 315-796-4870 or Mike Kessler at 796-1045. Participants need to arrive at The Fitness Mill for registration by 7:00 a.m. Special Parking for the program is provided in the back lot. Participants will need to wear workout clothes. Please bring running shoes in a separate bag.
Payment can be made by cash or check.
Posted on December 31, 2013
Jan. 3, 2014 (Utica, NY)- The Boilermaker will again be offering runners the opportunity to both guarantee a slot for the 2014 race while doing something good for local charities. In 2013, the race introduced the Charity Bib Program that raised over $105,000 for ten not for profits.
New this year, Charity Bib Runners will have the opportunity to sign up two weeks prior to opening of general registration. Charity signups will open on Saturday March 8, 2014 at noon (EST), general registration will open Saturday March 22, 2014 at noon (EST). Runners who commit to becoming a Charity Bib Runner must raise a minimum of $500 for their selected charity. Similar to last year, the Boilermaker will be making 200 bibs available to support the Charity Bib Program. The bibs are available for the 15 & 5k races as well as the Three Mile Walk.
Prizes will be offered to runners who are top money raisers.
Organizations selected will be in charge of the administration of the program including the collection of pledge money. In addition, they must have a physical presence in Central New York and align with the mission of the Boilermaker.
'We are excited to partner with fellow not for profits to make our community a better place', said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'Programs like this strengthen both worthy organizations as well as the runner.'
Charities that are interested in participating can email email@example.com to apply for an application. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2014. Charities selected to participate will be announced at the end of February.
The 37th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday, July 13, 2014
Posted on December 20, 2013
Dec. 19, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- The Boilermaker Building, that also houses the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, has a sale pending. The building, located on 114 Genesee Street, will be acquired by Hillcrest Real Estate Holdings LLC.
The Boilermaker has a signed purchase offer for the R.J. Nudo Building located at 805 Court Street, Utica. "We are excited to relocate closer to where the race finishes" said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. "This building offers us the ability to logistically support the race as well as well as offering additional parking."
R.J. Nudo will not be going out of business, but plan on relocating locally.
Posted on December 1, 2013
Nov. 29, 2013 - The 2014 Boilermaker logo was unveiled. The inspiration for the logo was from Mohawk Valley Community College student Jacob Dowker. Jacob is a sophomore majoring in Graphic Communications and Graphic Design."This year's logo connotes movement and speed, something the Boilermaker is all about' said Tim Reed, President of the Boilermaker Road Race.
The 37th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place on Sunday July 13, 2014.
Posted on November 20, 2013
Nov. 20, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- Officials with the Boilermaker Road Race announced the date of the opening of signups for the 2014 Boilermaker. On-line registration will open on Saturday, March 22nd at noon (EST). 'We felt that pushing registration closer to race day would give our participants a better chance to both know where they are in their training and have a better idea of their social obligations' said Jim Stasaitis, Boilermaker Race Director.
Race cap numbers will remain the same as established in 2013: 14,000 for the 15k, 4,500 for the 5k and 1,000 for the 3 Mile Walk.
In 2013, Boilermaker 15k sold out in three days; the 5k closed out in four days.
Posted on September 25, 2013
NEW HARTFORD – On Monday, September 23, 2013, Sitrin hosted a Military Papermaking Workshop for veterans and service members given by the representatives from the Peace Paper Project.
During the workshop, participants transformed unserviceable combat uniforms into art. They shredded and pulped the uniforms, to form sheets of paper out of the mixture, and used the paper as a medium to artistically express their military experiences.
"Through this workshop we plan to bring veterans and service members together to share their stories and help them face some of the questions they may have about their time in the military," said Jackie Warmuth, Sitrin vice president of clinical development. "This is a unique opportunity to reclaim a uniform as a piece of art."
There were three sessions held throughout the day at the Sitrin Health Care Center located at 2050 Tilden Avenue, New Hartford.
The workshop is made possible by funds raised through the Boilermaker Charity Bib Program. In the July road race, 24 individuals ran on behalf of Sitrin, each raising at least $500 for the organization. The team collectively raised more than $18,000 to benefit Sitrin's Military Rehabilitation and Adaptive Sports Programs.
Posted on September 14, 2013
Sept. 14, 2013 (Utica, NY) - The Boilermaker, which held its 3 Mile Walk on the Masonic Campus during Boilermaker Weekend, presented a check to Masonic Care Community. The $2,000 (two thousand dollar) check represented the proceeds from 2013 Walk Registration.
'The Masonic Care Community opens its 400 acre campus to numerous events that benefit this region' said Robert Raffle, Executive Director of the Masonic Care Community. 'We are extremely happy to continue our relationship with the Boilermaker.'
The 3 Mile Walk, sponsored by Wal Mart, returned to the Masonic Campus after a one year absence. This year over 425 people participated in the event held Saturday, July 13th.
'It was a real delight returning to the beautiful grounds of The Masonic Care Community' said Marie Seiselemyer, 3 Mile Walk Coordinator. 'Working with the professional staff here, it made the event stress-free.'
The 2014 Wal Mart 3 Mile Walk will take
place on July 12, 2014.
Posted on September 5, 2013
Utica, NY (Sept. 5, 2013) - The Masonic Care Community will be the venue for the first annual Boolermaker Road Race. The race will take place Saturday, October 26th, at 10:00 am. Children from 4 to 12 can run age-appropriate distances ranging from ¼, ½, ¾ and 1 mile.
'We are excited to have kids running the roads of Masonic' said Rob Raffle, Executive Director of Masonic Care Community. 'Masonic prides itself on supporting local health and wellness activities.'
Registration for the Boolermaker will take place in Center Court at Sangertown Square on Saturday, October 19th, from noon- 5:00 pm and Friday, October 25th, from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Race cost will be $5 a child; cash and check only. There will be no on-line or race day signups. The field will be limited to 1,200 children and need to be accompanied by an adult.
The participants will finish in a secured tent area. Riders from The Ride for Missing Children, as well as law enforcement, will be assisting with race security.
All children participating will receive a Boolermaker logoed bag at the end of the race.
In addition, a number of healthy snacks will be offered to all the participants. Current food providers include, Chobani, McDonald's, Price Chopper, North Star Orchards, Bagel Grove, Dole and Peter's Cornucopia. Excellus Blue Cross/ Blue Shield will provide dental floss and local dentists will hand out toothbrushes.
Activities including face painting, child ID fingerprinting and a costume contest. The Utica Zoomobile will also be on hand
'We ask parents whose children may be running in costumes to use common sense and not have outfits that limit vision or are a tripping hazard' said Dennis Brenon, Boolermaker Race Director. 'Athletic footwear will be mandatory.'
No dogs, baby strollers, or in-line skates will be allowed.
Further information concerning the Boolermaker will be on boilermaker.com no later than October 1st.
There is currently no Presenting Sponsor for the event. Inquiries may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boolermaker- Where getting fit isn't scary!
Posted on August 8, 2013
August 7, 2013 (Utica, NY)- The Boilermaker Road Race is pleased to award the traveling trophies in the Seventh Annual Empower Federal Credit Union 5K School Challenge to Sauquoit Valley High School Girls' Team who successfully defended its title as the reigning 5K Champion. The Sauquoit Valley Girls' Team has won the Empower Federal Credit Union 5K Challenge since its inception. This year, the New Hartford Boys' Team defeated the six time champions the Sauquoit Valley Boys' Team.
Team scoring was based on the average Carbone 5K Race finishing time of the first five girls' team finishers and the first five boys' team finishers. The Sauquoit Girls Team won with a combined time of 1:56:55, and a combined time of 23:23, followed by the New Hartford Girls Team. The New Hartford Boys' Team won with a combined time of 1:35:57, a combined average time of 19:12, followed by the Sauquoit Valley Boys' Team.
Plaques were awarded to the first five girls from the Sauquoit Valley Team (Gianna Latella from Cassville and Andrea George, Renee Henck, Hayley Mielnicki, Mia Salvatore all from Sauquoit) and the first five boys from the New Hartford Team (Kelan McKenna, Ian McKenna, John Maciag, Nicholas Lemire all from New Hartford and Kenneth Burdick of Sauquoit).
In the Sixth Annual Empower Federal Credit Union 15K School Challenge, New Hartford Central School won both the boys' and girls' trophies. Team scoring was based on the average 15K Race finishing time of the first five boys' team finishers and the first five girls' team finishers. The New Hartford Girls' Team successfully defended their title with a combined time of 6:23:40, and a combined average time of 1:16:44, followed by the Whitesboro Girls' Team. The New Hartford Boys' Team won with a combined time of 5:39:17, and a combined average time of 1:07:52, next place team was the Holland Patent Boys' Team.
Plaques were awarded to the first five girls (Kimberly Wrate, Samantha Hollister, Samantha Madden, Lanika Sanders all of New Hartford and Whitney Petralia of Utica) and the first five boys (Blake Haddad of Frankfort, Sammy Cittadino of Utica, Forrest Sears of Sauquoit, Sean McKenna and Adam Zogby, both of New Hartford).
Whitesboro Central School was awarded the Highest Percentage of Participation Award with 4.18% of the student body participating in either the Boilermaker 15K or the Carbone 5K Races. New Hartford Central School finished second with a participation of 4.06%.
The following schools were eligible to participate in the Empower Federal Credit Union School Challenge: Adirondack Central, Brookfield Central, Camden Central, Canastota, Clinton Central, Cooperstown, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Hamilton, Herkimer, Holland Patent, Ilion, Little Falls, Madison, Mount Markham, Mohawk, Morrisville-Eaton, New Hartford, New York Mills, Notre Dame, Old Forge, Oneida, Oriskany, Owen D. Young, Poland, Thomas R. Proctor, Remsen, Richfield Springs, Rome Catholic, Rome Free Academy, Sauquoit Valley, South Lewis, Vernon- Verona Sherrill, Waterville, West Canada Valley, Westmoreland and Whitesboro. Each runner had to be a full time student between grades 7-12 as of June 1, 2013 or a 2013 graduate of the school they attended.
Posted on July 31, 2013
July 31, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- The F.X. Matt 1888 Tavern was the location of the annual Corporate Cup awards. This year makes the 30th anniversary of the Corporate Cup which is sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. 'This event totally fits within our corporate strategy of promoting fitness' said Eve Van de Wal, regional president of Excellus. 'It's obvious that the promotion of healthy competition has brought out the best in these organizations.'
A total of 70 teams representing nearly 800 runners competed in event. The top three teams in each of nine divisions received plaques.
In addition, a drawing was held to award three, five hundred dollar donations to not for profits nominated by corporate cup teams. The winning charities were:
Doctors without Borders nominated by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by MetLife
St. Elizabeth Medical Center by St. Elizabeth Medical Center
'It's gratifying to see camaraderie that exists among this group' said Cosmo Castellano, the corporate cup coordinator. 'The not for profit awards really take this event to another level.'
Fastest overall runners were Eileen Ferguson (National Grid) who clocked in at 01:04:26, while Josh Olney (Holland Patent Central School) finished in 00:54:06.
The fastest overall team was Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, which competed in the Open Division, and posted a team time of 01:00:58.
Complete results can be found at:
Posted on July 29, 2013
July 25, 2013 (Utica, NY)- Each year the Boilermaker Expo features a pasta dinner where runners can carb-up before race day, with all proceeds going to benefit the local United Way. This year's dinner offered attendees a variety of pastas and sauces, as well as salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Thanks to all those who came out and supported this great cause, raising approximately $3,000 for the United Way. The following companies contributed to the pasta dinner: Rosina, New York State Beef Council, Giovanni Foods, Sovena Olive Oil, Heidelberg Bread, Planet Fitness, F&T Pasta and Sodexo.
"United Way is very happy to accept the proceeds from the annual Boilermaker Pasta Dinner," United Way Community Engagement and Marketing Manager Adam Lawless said. "Boilermaker weekend always brings out a high level of excitement and involvement in our community. The $3000 that was raised during this year's event building on that excitement and involvement by advancing the common good of our entire community through the more than 60 programs funded by United Way in Herkimer and Oneida Counties."
Posted on July 17, 2013
July 16, 2013 (Utica N.Y.)- The Boilermaker Shadow Run held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan featured not only high temperatures but high participation. Over 800 U.S. and allied forces signed up for the event with 612 finishing. The previous largest shadow run was held in Bagdad Iraq with 335 running 9.3 miles. The winning time clocked in at 55 minutes. 'Temperatures were absolutely brutal topping 100 degrees by the end of the race' said Sergeant First Class David Fryman, Bagram race director.' The troops really appreciated the Bagram Boilermaker tech shirts and finisher's pins the Boilermaker sent over'. At the end of the race, participants signed the Start/ Finish Line banner to present to Boilermaker staff in Utica when the unit returns from deployment. This event marks the 6th Boilermaker Shadow Run commencing in 2008. To date three races have taken place in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.
Posted on July 12, 2013
July 11, 2013(Utica, NY) - The inaugural of the Boilermaker Charity Bib Program has proven to be a huge success.
For the 2013 race the Boilermaker designated 200 bibs to support local charities. These bibs were usable for the 15k, 5k races or 3 Mile Walk. In order for a runner to qualify for a charity bib they committed to raise a minimum of $500 to one of the ten charities of choice. The race had hoped to raise $100,000. One hundred and sixty one runners signed up to participate in the Charity Bib Program.
The total at the end of bib availability $101,629 was raised by charity runners representing an average pledge of $630 per runner.
'The combination of fantastic fundraising and simply incredible stories of courage and determination have made this effort one of the proudest moments for the Boilermaker' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'We are committed to this program for future races.'
Prizes will be awarded for the top three overall fundraisers as well as a drawing for prizes for all who participated.
Donations can still be given to the various charities by visiting boilermaker.com and clicking the Charity Bib icon.
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place on July 14, 2013 in Utica, NY.
Posted on July 11, 2013
Rochester, NY (July 11, 2013) – Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and YNN will provide live coverage of the Utica Boilermaker 15k run this Sunday, July 14 across New York state. Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will carry the event live from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and YNN will provide live pre- and post-race reports, including coverage from the post-race celebration at Saranac Brewery. YNN reporters Chris Watson and Brian Mueller will lead the telecast.
The Utica Boilermaker is the world's largest 15k run. It started in 1978 and today hosts more than 17,000 runners a year.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is available in HD on channel 323 in Central New York, channel 1803 in Albany and Hudson Valley, channel 713 in Buffalo and channel 1026 in Rochester. For more information about Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, visit www.twcs.tv.
YNN is available on HD channel 200 in Central New York, 1809 in Albany, 709 in Buffalo, 706 in Hudson Valley and 1009 in Rochester. For more information, visit www.ynn.com and select your region.
About Time Warner Cable
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Posted on July 9, 2013
July 9, 2013 UTICA, NY- Don't miss an opportunity to meet personally with some of our greatest running heroes! Bill Rodgers, Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson will be meeting, greeting and speaking Boilermaker weekend--at the expo on Friday and Saturday and especially at the Runners Forum on Saturday from 3-4:30. To learn more about the speakers and Runner's Forum seminar, check out the event page.More information
Posted on July 3, 2013
July 2, 2013 UTICA, N.Y. — The F.X. Matt Brewing Company and Saranac want you – and 40,000 of your closest friends – to help them achieve the world's largest toast.
The toast will be dedicated to the brewery's 125th anniversary and is set to go off at around 10:25 a.m. on July 14, just before our National Anthem and the greatly anticipated flyover at the Boilermaker Post Race Party festivities at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.
"This year is our 125th anniversary and we plan to go over the top to celebrate," said Saranac President Fred Matt. "And what better way to do that than to cheers with as many of our Boilermaker friends and loyal Saranac supporters as we can fit into one awesome party?"
The Boilermaker 15k Road Race was established in 1978, with F.X. Matt Brewing Co. as a founding sponsor. Since then, the bond has remained strong with the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. annually hosting the highly anticipated Post Race Party.
"The brewery has not only made incredible achievements as a business, but they have also done so much to support our region," said Boilermaker President Tim Reed. "I can't wait to see the sea of Saranac cups raised in a toast to all that the F.X. Matt Brewing Company has done in the past 125 years, and to the next 125."
For the 125th anniversary toast, guests will enjoy Saranac Wild Hop Pils – the official beer of the Boilermaker – while listening to entertainment by Letizia and the Z-Band and recording artist Beth Zaje. Also, three jets from the Genesee Warbirds of Batavia, NY, will return for a spectacular flyover.
Wild Hop Pils, one of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer, is a unique pilsener that features Belma hops – which were found growing wild on a hop farm in Washington State – for a clean, tropical taste.
If you are unable to make it to the event, pick up a specially marked 125th Anniversary Celebration package and post a picture of yourself with your bonus pint of Legacy IPA to the Saranac Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Saranac).
Celebrate with us all year long. Use #Saranac125 and connect with F.X. Matt Brewing Company and Saranac on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Saranac), Twitter (@SaranacBrewery), and Instagram (@SaranacBrewery). For more information, visit saranac.com.
F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica, N.Y., was founded in 1888. Today, under the leadership of the third and fourth generations of the Matt family, the brewery is celebrating 125 years of brewing. Through a commitment to innovation and brewing excellence, the company has earned a reputation as one of the country's most respected brewers of craft beers, including the Saranac line. In each bottle of Saranac, you'll find exceptional quality, distinctive ingredients and a refreshing twist on tradition – the signature of the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.
Posted on July 2, 2013
July 1, 2013 (Utica, NY) - The Boilermaker Road Race briefed local media on security enhancements for the 2013 race in light of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Among the changes that participants and the general public will encounter:
Coolers will be strictly forbidden on brewery property where the post Race Party occurs. Backpacks are strongly discouraged anywhere along the course including the Start Lines, Finish Line and Post Race Party area.
Items transported on the baggage truck will need to be in a clear plastic bag. Clear Boilermaker bags that a runner can write their name/ bib number will be available at the Boilermaker Expo taking place July 12th and 13th.
People may encounter baggage checkpoints they are warned to build extra time into getting to their intended destinations.
The two and a half hour time limit to complete the 15k race will be enforced. When the last runner passes the start line the clock will start for finishing the race. Runners who feel they are incapable to complete the race within the prescribed time should apply for a deferral to participate in the 2014 race at boilermaker.com.
If people do not have a bib they are asked not to go to the Start Lines of either the 5k or 15k races.
Because of a significant police canine presence the race asks that dogs are not brought to either the Post Race Party or the Expo.
"The safety of our participants is something we take very seriously" said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. "We want to strike the balance that insures a safe event while not diminishing the fun aspects of the race."
Posted on June 19, 2013
June 12, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- The Boilermaker announced the winners of the National Anthem Contest held at Mohawk Valley Community College in the Dr. Michael Schafer Theater. There were a total of twenty four singers that auditioned to perform at the various events that take place during Boilermaker Week. "Not only was the quantity impressive, but the talent was of the highest caliber", said Jackie Carbone, Assistant National Anthem Coordinator. "The judges clearly had their work cut out to discern the top performers; they were that good!"
The winners were:
Post Race Party: Amos Williams
Three Mile Walk: Paige Mishler
Kid's Run: Sara Tracey
Youth Olympics: Open- Kaylyn Keesler Close- Morgan Lewis
Road Runner Mile: Cara Thomas
Volunteer Party: The RFA Quartet- Callahan Hughes, Aaron Hernandez, Christina Carissimo, Quiana Holmes
5k Run: Amanda Cossette
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place on Sunday July 14, 2013
Posted on June 19, 2013
June 19, 2013 (Utica NY)-The Time Warner Road Runner Mile, a mid-distance race showcasing some of the local top scholastic and post-collegiate milers, will again kick off the first of many Boilermaker athletic activities.
This year the race will be held Wednesday July 3rd at 5:30 pm prior to the Development Runs on the Parkway.
This marks the third year the course will sport a faster, primarily downhill, course.
Former Marcellus standout and current Iona College runner Chris Stogsdill who holds the overall course record running a blistering 4:05 has committed on the male side. Defending College/ Open Field winner Allison Lasnicki who ran for Canastota and now U Conn will also return.
"This could be the year we see a sub-four minute mile on the male side and a sub-five minute on the female side" said Gary Parker, race director of the Road Runner Mile. "The commitment of Chris and Allison to participate speaks volumes about the quality of this event."
Spectators are strongly encouraged to come and cheer on the participants. "We manage to get people to line nearly the entire 9.3 miles of the Boilermaker" said Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker. "Wouldn't it be great to have people along the entire Road Runner course?"
Because of race preparation and road closures the upper parking area near the Parkway Rec. Center will not be available for the Developmental Run.
The Road Runner Mile is traditionally an invitation only event. However, runners who feel they can compete at a competitive level should contact either Ted Petrillo at email@example.com or Gary Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 24th.
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place in Utica N.Y. on Sunday July 14, 2013.
Posted on June 12, 2013
June 11, 2013 (Utica, NY) - The Boilermaker announced an expanded new lineup of seminars to be conducted at this year's Boilermaker Expo. Subjects such as Common Running Food Injuries, Proper Use of energy products, and benefits of ice therapy are a faction of classes to be held this year.
Weather permitting; the majority of the seminars will take place in a tent near the Jorgenson Field House.
"I want to specially thank Rich Karaz from The Sneaker Store for helping round up a top flight group of athletic educators" said Tim Reed President of the Boilermaker Road Race. "A smarter runner will tend to be a healthier runner."
The American Heart Association will again be teaching hands-free CPR in a classroom in the Jorgenson Field House. In addition, Yoga classes will take place both Friday and Saturday.
The traditional Runner's Forum will take place at 3:00 on Saturday.
Robert Channing, the illusionist will perform in the theater on Saturday shortly after the Utica National Kid's Run.
In all there will be twenty one separate seminars over the course of the Expo.
"We are truly excited to see the enhanced education opportunities offered this year" said Alissa Viti Assistant M&T Bank Vice President of Charitable and Community Relations. "M&T prides itself on being supporting positive efforts in our community. This offers something for everyone."
A complete schedule of presenters/ times will be shortly published on boilermaker.com
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday July 14, 2013
Posted on June 12, 2013
June 11, 2013 (Utica, NY) - Stephen Bond, reporter for WUTR, received the Les Diven Award at the final Boilermaker Committee Meeting held at ECR International
The award, given in Les's name, is presented to someone in the media who gives exceptional coverage to the race and its connection to the community.
Les Diven was a local sport writer whose career spanned four decades. Always wanting to get the story right, Les made it his special commitment to tell the stories of our local athletes. Les knew that the stories of these individuals in the end reflected on the greater story of our area.
Bond, a graduate of Onondaga Community College and Ithaca College where he received a degree in Video Production from the Park School of Communications, planted his feet in the Mohawk Valley to start his work in the news industry.
"Given that I cover news and sports, I really get to see everything this community has to offer. Our community is unique and I enjoy that" said Bond. "The list of previous winner is a distinguished group and I'm privileged to join that group."
Runners, volunteers and community members can look for Bond at this year's event. He will be there with microphone in hand, his camera rolling and that unforgettable excitement as he tells the story of the 2013 Boilermaker Road Race!
The 36th running of the Boilermaker will take place Sunday July 14, 2013
Posted on June 12, 2013
June 11, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- Danielle 'Danni' Allen, the 2013 winner of the hit show The Biggest Loser, will be on hand for this year's Boilermaker.
Danni, a 26 year old account executive, who initially weighed in at 258 pounds, lost 121 pounds assuring her the $250,000 grand prize.
Ms. Allen will be a featured guest at the Boilermaker Expo sponsored by Planet Fitness on July 12th and 13th. In addition, Danni will also lead stretching exercises at the Kid's Run on July 13th and participate in the 5k Race to be held July 14th.
'The appearance of Danni truly boosts the Expo and the race to a new level' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'We are grateful to Planet Fitness for helping make this happen'.
Danni is hoping to run the Chicago Marathon in October of this year.
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday July14, 2013
Posted on June 5, 2013
June 5, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- Four local high school seniors were awarded one thousand dollar scholarships from the Violet Morris Scholarship Fund. The fund was set up by her husband Robert Morris after her death in 2011.
The criteria for the award are for a local student who has participated in track and field/ cross country and plans on attending a local college. In addition, they have experienced a significant challenge in their lives and conquered it.
'These students embody the spirit of Violet' said Mr. Morris. 'I know she would be very proud to know that she continues make a positive difference in people's lives.'
The winners are:
Tyler Pocchiari currently attending Adirondack and plans to attend Mohawk Valley Community College
Mikayla Dihrberg currently attending Ilion and plans to attend Utica College
Elizabeth Reilly and Samantha Rush both currently attending Proctor and plan to attend Mohawk Valley Community College
Each of the students will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship.
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday, July 14, 2013
Posted on June 5, 2013
June 5, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.) – Today the Boilermaker sent running supplies to supports a 'shadow run' in Afghanistan. Since 2008 five shadow runs have taken place; three in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. These runs take place the same day the Boilermaker Road Race occurs. This year the race will take place at Bagram Air Base.
Among items to be sent over will be a start/ finish line banner, finisher's pins, running bibs and shirts.
The shirt commemorates the various shadow runs that have taken place. In addition, via View SPORT's patented technology, the words 'sweat to glory' will appear as the runner's shirt gets wet from water or perspiration. When the shirt dries, the message disappears.
The Boilermaker will be selling a limited number of tees similar to the ones sent overseas. For every shirt sold the Boilermaker will donate five dollars to Feed Our Vets.
Companies supporting the effort include Seiffert Graphics who donated the Start/ Finish Line Banner, View SPORT who created the shirt and Mohawk Global Logistics who is shipping the race support material to Afghanistan.
'When Sgt. First Class Fryman of the 10th Combat Aviation contacted us about having the race we jumped on it' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'To bring a bit of hometown flavor, even if for a little while, to our soldiers is our honor.'
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday, July 14, 2013
Posted on May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013 (Utica, NY) - The Boilermaker Road Race is pleased to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Boilermaker Scholarship. Six of the top scholastic distance runners in Central New York are the winners of the 2013 Boilermaker Scholarships. Rome Free Academy runner, Brianna Weir and Holland Patent Central School runner, Todd Stevens will be honored for "Outstanding Achievement in Distance Running." Alysa Hoffman, Holland Patent High School, James Scrafford, Cooperstown Central School, Brandon Rawson, Ilion Senior High and Victoria Campania, South Lewis Central School all won scholarships for "Outstanding Commitment in Distance Running.
Officials from the Boilermaker presented $1000 checks to each recipient at a breakfast ceremony on Friday, May 17th at the Radisson Hotel Utica Centre at 8:00 a.m. The scholarship winners also receive complimentary entries for the 2013 Boilermaker 15K and will start the race on July 14, 2013 with the elite runners. This year they will also receive an entry into the 2013 National Distance Running Hall of Fame Race being held this Sunday, May 19th at 8:00 AM.
The Boilermaker began the high school scholarship program in 2005. Since its inception, forty-two scholarships have been awarded.
Posted on May 15, 2013
May 15, 2013 (Utica, NY) - Boilermaker officials announced that Letizia and the Z Band will be headlining the 2013 Boilermaker Post Race Party. The band, based out of Syracuse, is a 5-piece high-energy dance band that plays a range of music stretching from the disco 70's to today's hits. In 2012 Letizia was voted Best Female Vocalist by readers of the Syracuse New Times.
Beth Zaje will be returning to open the Post Race Party. "We received so many positive comments about Beth's performance last year that she was a lock for this year' said Tim Reed, President of the Boilermaker. ' I think we have a really strong lineup that will get the crowd rocking.'
The Genesee Warbirds, based out of Batavia New York, will be returning to do the traditional flyover. This year three jet aircraft will soar over the F.X. Matt Brewery. 'We know how much the crowd enjoys the jets after the singing of the National Anthem' said Tom Heiland, Post Race Party Director.
'With the current sequester issues grounding military flyovers we see the Warbirds as a great alternative.'
Posted on May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) has folded and packaged over 1,000 t-shirts for the Boilermaker. The t-shirts were sold by the Boilermaker to raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The shirts, like the Race, sold out in 3 days.
Displaying "Boilermaker 2013" on the front and "Run for Boston" on the back, the shirts are loaded with a hyper-color technology that allows the back graphic to show up only when it gets wet or a runner sweats. Proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts reached $10,000 and one hundred percent was donated to the Boston Athletic Association's charity of choice, "The One Fund," on behalf of the Boilermaker runners, spectators and volunteers.
CABVI provided the labor to fold and package the t-shirts for mailing free of charge. "We were honored to be able to help with this endeavor and donate our services. The Boilermaker Road Race is a staple in this community and when they approached us about helping with the t-shirt project we jumped at the chance," said Ed Welsh, CABVI Board Chairman. "It is our pleasure to be able to do our part to help the victims of this horrible tragedy." Dennis Webster, CABVI's Vice President of Manufacturing and Business Services added, "The CABVI employees who worked on the joint effort were thrilled to be able to participate in this venture to assist the Boilermaker in raising these funds."
The Boilermaker would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to everyone who purchased t-shirts in support of the Boston Victims. "This Race had prided itself on community collaboration," said Boilermaker President, Tim Reed. "We simply could not have gotten this project done as we did, without the generous services of CABVI."
Posted on April 10, 2013
April 10, 2013 (Utica, NY) - The Boilermaker Road Race announced an increase in prize money. The prize monies are spread among the male and female open, masters and top American categories. In all, the Prize Payout will rise by nearly $12,000 to an overall payout of over $57,000.
Two of the major changes are for First Place in the Open male/female Division rising from $6,000 to $7,000 and the Top American male/female going from $1,000 to $2,000.
There is an additional bonus of $1,000 to be awarded to the first open male/ female runner who breaks the current course record. The course records are 47:57 for females, 42:46 for males.
'We are confident this will act as a catalyst to draw the best in our sport to Utica' said Elite Running Coordinator Dick Mattia. 'In addition, we should see a real increase in the quality of American runners competing in the Boilermaker Road Race as well as helping to support the efforts nationally to compensate athletes who are training to compete globally representing the United States.
Posted on April 3, 2013
April 2, 2013 (Utica, NY)- The Boilermaker supports healthy lifestyles, healthy communities and recognizes that to achieve these goals we need a healthy planet. To demonstrate its commitment to "Going Green" the Boilermaker has applied for certification from the Council for Responsible Sport.
Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport formally recognizes a significant achievement: the successful completion of a socially and environmentally responsible sporting event. Standards can be achieved in areas ranging from waste management and climate impact to community involvement, health promotion and more.
Over the years the events associated with Boilermaker have significantly reduced their collective environmental footprint. According to Race Director, Jim Stasaitis, the simple act of going to online registration resulted in the elimination of printing nearly 80,000 race applications, not to mention all of the envelopes and checks. It further eliminated all of the energy needed to produce those materials and the transportation of those materials.
Last year more than 4 tons of solid waste was sent to the recycling center instead of the landfill. While that is a great start according to Stasaitis: "We will look at every aspect of our three day event to find ways that we can be friendlier to the planet. All of the committees are asked to help with this process.
With more than 20,000 participants, plus more than 5,000 volunteers everyone is asked to pitch in. Here are three steps that everyone can take include:
• Use recycling and composting bins at the expo and the post race party.
1 Carpool to all events.
2 Only take food that you are going to eat.
To help with process Paul MacEnroe has been named Sustainability Director for the Boilermaker and all of its events.
For More Information Contact: Jim Stasaitis 797 5838
Posted on March 25, 2013
March 25, 2013 (Utica N.Y.)-Birnie Bus Service has partnered with the Boilermaker to bring transportation services to out of town 15K Boilermaker runners. Boilermaker bus services, via Birnie Bus, will accommodate the following areas; Syracuse, Rome and Lowville. The buses will pick up runners from three locations and transport them non-stop to the 15K starting line in Utica. Once the race is complete the buses will pick up the runners at the Boilermaker post-race party and transport them back to their respective locations. A website, www.BoilermakerBusService.com, is now available for those who are interested in using the service. The service is affordable, at $5 per person round trip, and payment can be made online. Runners are encouraged to register early as seating will be limited.
Mr. Tim Birnie, President of Birnie Bus Service said "Birnie Bus has been a long standing partner of the Boilermaker Road Race serving as the official bus transportation partner ," He added that "It made sense for Birnie to offer this new service to out of town runners. It's convenient and will help reduce parking issues for runners while benefitting the environment through a reduction in vehicle emissions."
Mr. Jim Stasaitis, Race Director, said "the Boilermaker appreciates the partnership with Birnie Bus Service and looks forward to the added transportation service for our 15k runners. We encourage all out of town runners to use this service as it will help with parking and traffic congestion the day of the race." Stasaitis concluded, "We are always looking for ways to accommodate our out of town runners." Routes and more information can be found on www.BoilermakerBusService.com.
Posted on March 15, 2013
March 15, 2013 (Utica N.Y.)- The Boilermaker Road Race introduced the not for profits that will be participating in the charity bib program. Two hundred bibs will be available for runners to participate in the 2013 Boilermaker. In order to participate, runners must register with one of the chosen charities and commit to raising a minimum of $500 in pledges. The charity bibs are usable for either the 15k or 5k races.
'We feel very confident that these bibs will move very quickly' said Tim Reed, President of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'It will be very exciting to see how much gets raised for these organizations.'
The charity signup will go live on Monday, March 18th at noon (EST). The charity bib icon will be found at boilermaker.com.
The selected charities are: A Better Chance of Clinton and the Mohawk Valley, Aids Community Resources, Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, CNY Susan G. Koman for the Cure, Food Bank of Central New York, Friends of the Arc, Make a Wish Central New York, Resource Center for Independent Living, Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center and the YMCA of Greater Syracuse.
'Being associated with the Boilermaker provides a platform to raise much needed funding and awareness for Make-A-Wish Central New York' said Diane Kupperman President& CEO of Make-A-Wish. It is truly an honor to affiliate with this high profile event and incredible group of people. The benefit will be long-lasting, providing hope, strength and joy to kids and families in Central New York."
The race will be giving three prizes to the top three pledge-gathers including free entry in the next 5 Boilermakers.
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday July 14, 2013
Posted on February 6, 2013
February 6, 2013 (Utica, NY)- this year's early sellout of the race wasn't the only thing that got people talking. The Boilermaker turned to Rochester-based apparel company ViewSPORT to produce its 2013 training shirt.
What makes this tech shirt unusual is the use of sweat-activated technology that reveals a message that is only visible once perspiration comes in contact with the fabric. As you sweat, the words No Sweat magically appear on your upper back. When the shirt dries out the message again disappears.
Interestingly, recent studies by scientists have concluded that the area between the shoulders is the area of the body that produces the most perspiration.
As an added bonus, the shirts are manufactured in the USA.
Ben Wood, ViewSPORT's CEO, a college chemistry major and second year medical school student invented the technology. 'It's great to get a chance to partner a New York manufacturer with a premier New York race' said Mr. Wood.
This is not the first time the Boilermaker has offered ViewSPORT merchandise. In 2011, the race sent ViewSPORT shirts to support a Boilermaker 'shadow run' held in Iraq. As the soldiers perspired, the secret message, 'I Ran Iraq", was revealed.
Organizations that have sported ViewSPORT apparel include: ESPN, Game Gear, Gus Macker and the U.S. Army. The technology was featured on the TV show Shark Tank.
The 2013 Boilermaker Training Shirt is available at store.boilermaker.com in both men' and women's sizes.
'Perhaps you're not happy with your running time, but you can be happy with your running style' said Tim Reed President of the Boilermaker. 'This is just one of the many different things the Boilermaker does which makes us unique.'
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place on Sunday July 14, 2013
Posted on January 16, 2013
January 16, 2013 (Utica NY)- The second sneaker fell as the Boilermaker 5k hit its race cap of 4,500 registrants after four days. In 2012, the 5k closed on March 21.
"Last year at this time we had 296 runners signed up" said Race Director Jim Stasaitis. "Clearly the quick sell out of the 15k hastened the 5k filling up."
The 5k was born in 2000 with 822 participating.
Currently the only remaining event people can sign up for is the 3 Mile Walk which takes place Saturday July 13th at the Masonic Care Community.
The 36th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place Sunday July 14th.
Posted on January 15, 2013
January 15, 2013 (Utica, N.Y.)- The National Distance Running Hall of Fame was the venue where U.S. Senator Charles Schumer urged the U.S. Air Force to approve a flyover for the 2013 Boilermaker to be held July 14th. Schumer asked that the Air Force incorporate the flyover into mandated training, which must be done using the military jets and therefore adds no additional cost to taxpayers.
From 2002 through 2009 the 174th Attack Wing (National Guard) stationed at Hancock Field in Syracuse performed the traditional flyover at the Boilermaker Post Race Party. In 2009 the group transitioned to an unmanned Predator drone unit.
"Bringing the F-16 flyover back to The 2013 Boilermaker will bring the roar back to this historic race's finale," said Schumer. "I fought hard to gain FAA approval for the flyover, and now I'm urging the U.S. Air Force to incorporate nearby F-16 pilot training into the flyover tradition that has been a Boilermaker staple for over a decade. Because this Central New York tradition would cost nothing extra to the taxpayer and encompasses military preparedness, I am urging the Air Force to rev their engines and allow The Boilermakers thousands of spectators and racers to enjoy another breathtaking cross of the finish line."
The Boilermaker has had a long history with the military including supporting five 'shadow runs' that have taken place in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2012 a pair of jets belonging to the Genesee War Birds, a not for profit based in Batavia New York, performed the flyover.
"The military flyover stands as one of those signature moments the Boilermaker is known for" said Boilermaker President Tim Reed. "I speak for the legion of runners, volunteers and community members who applaud Senator Schumer's efforts."
Posted on January 15, 2013
January 15, 2013 (Utica NY) - The Boilermaker Road Race has set a record before the first person has crossed the finish line reaching its cap in the quickest time ever. In 2012, the race was sold out on March 10, fully two months after registration opened. This year the field of 14,000 filled in three days.
"I don't think that any of us anticipated the speed in which the race closed out", said Race Director Jim Stasaitis. "This is a testament to the thousands of volunteers and our loyal sponsors who make this a must do race."
The 5k race, with a cap of 4,500, still has slots available, although it is anticipated that it will quickly fill with the closing of 15k registration.
There will still be two ways for those shut out to participate.
The race has set aside 200 bibs to support a charity bib program. In order for the runner to acquire the bib they must gather a minimum of $500 in pledges for the not for profit. The formal rollout of the program including the designated charities will be announced in February.
The race will again be offering a transfer policy where individuals can legally swap their bib to shutout runners. The transfer program will go-live April 1; there will be a $10 transfer fee.
The running of the 36th Boilermaker will take place on Sunday, July 14, 2013.