Boilermaker Expo to Showcase New Exhibits

(Jul. 8, 2009)

July 8, 2009 (Utica, NY) — The Boilermaker Road Race will showcase a variety of new exhibits and displays at the Expo on Friday, July 10 from noon to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Masonic Care Community will host the event for its 12th consecutive year.

This year's Boilermaker Expo, sponsored by Planet Fitness, offers kids, families and runners many new and exciting features, games, exhibits and food for runners and the community.  Some new perks include cooking demonstrations, a bike challenge, the Operation SAFE Child booth, a jumpy house, and live music from bands in the Utica Music Fest.

The Boilermaker Runner's Forum, a question and answer session with health and fitness experts, is on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  This year's panel includes Hall of Fame runners Kathrine Switzer and Bill Rodgers, Kara Behlke, the official nutritionist of the Boilermaker, and Dr. Russell Williams, a licensed chiropractor and member of the PGA sports medicine staff.  The relaxed talk is open to all and is aimed at helping runners learn about healthy lifestyles.

The New York State Troopers are organizing a booth to teach kids about safety.  The officers and sheriffs are taking time to fingerprint and create identification cards for the children to help keep them safe and sound.  The service is free and open to all the kids at the Expo.

The New York State Beef Industry Council is partnering with Schuss Ski & Bike Shop to showcase the Power of Protein Bike Challenge: the Tour of Missouri.  The exercise game gives visitors a chance to participate in a bike training program.  The New York State Beef Industry Council will also feature a culinary tent.  Two chefs will demonstrate their skills and show off six scrumptious recipes. There will be taste testing after the meals are presented.

Mohawk Valley EDGE is sponsoring the Call Mohawk Valley Home Pavilion.  Local companies and area colleges will be present. The pavilion will also feature live music from a variety of artists participating in the Utica Music Fest.

In honor of past and present runners in the armed forces, the military-themed, 2009 Boilermaker painting will be unveiled at 5 p.m. on Friday in the Runner's Forum tent.  Artist Andy Yelenak will reveal his work.  This year's painting was designed to praise the race that takes place overseas in Iraq.  Chief Warrant Officer Dan Clark and Master Sergeant Jeff Conant, who organized the first races last year, and other military runners will be at the unveiling to help showcase the work of art and discuss their personal experiences in the Middle East.

For martial arts fans, local star athlete Matt Hamill will also be present on Friday at the Expo.  The mixed martial artist, who has won numerous medals in his sport, will be signing autographs and selling other memorabilia.

"This is a special year for the Boilermaker Expo," said Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker.  "In the past, the Expo has been geared towards runners and packet-pick up; now, however, it has turned into an event for the whole family.  With the addition of live music, food, and other neat exhibits, we are encouraging everyone from the community to come and visit the Masonic grounds this weekend.  If you run, pick up your packet and stay for the day. If you don't, come and catch the Boilermaker spirit."

For more information about the Boilermaker Expo, contact Chris DelMonte, coordinator of the Boilermaker Expo, at (315) 797-5838.

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