Military Run Returns for Second Straight Year

(Jun. 17, 2009)

June 17, 2009 (Utica, NY) — 6,000 miles away from home, service men and women stationed at Tallil Air Base in Iraq will be participating in the Boilermaker Road Race.  This military run is the second year that runners will hold their own race overseas.

Boilermaker officials have sent apparel and start and finish line banners to Tallil, Iraq for participants to enjoy similar support as those running in Utica.  Runners will don a camouflage colored bib and will receive the traditional Boilermaker pin after completing the race.  There are more than 140 runners who have registered in the Middle East.

"Last year, the Boilermaker spirit spread from Utica to the burning sands of Iraq and the rocky crags of Afghanistan," said Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker. "This will be the second year that the military has now been involved.  We are thrilled that these service men and women who are fighting for our country, have the opportunity to run the Boilermaker and spread the word about our beloved race to other areas throughout the world."

The Boilermaker Road Race waived the application fee for those running the 15k here at home who participated last year in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan.  There were approximately 380 who ran in those two events.

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