The Boilermaker Urban Initiative


It is our mission, to support, stride by stride, and inspire through creativity and commitment, our community to improve their physical and emotional health.

The Boilermaker has historically been defined by the second Sunday in July. However, we are not content with being confined to just one day. The Boilermaker Road Race has been an inspiration for thousands to make positive changes in their lives. Not only that, but the combined energy and efforts of this race has generated an astounding impact on our community, reaching far beyond a single day. Boilermaker Spirit is alive 365!

This organization, firmly rooted through 40 years of dedication to this community, will be growing as a prominent agent of innovative change for health and wellness in the region. The Boilermaker knows it cannot 'go it alone'. We believe, as advocates for this region, we can to bring governmental, for profit and not for profit organizations to collaborate in the creation a healthier community.

This is our goal!

Having already laid the ground work on a number of community initiatives we know success is born with each step! Please check out the awesome things we do!


West Utica Public Market West Utica Public Market

The West Utica neighborhood, where the Boilermaker is headquartered, is considered a 'food desert' meaning there are no local stores providing fresh affordable fruits and vegetables. The WUPM has bloomed in this desert to offer up local, fresh products and bridge the nutrition gap between farmers and the people. The WUPM also offers education in nutrition, physical fitness, and has been a place for the community to come together. EBT benefits are welcomed!

Boilermaker Urban Garden (BUG) Boilermaker Urban Garden

The Boilermaker Urban Garden is a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension, Rust 2 Green, Oneida County, the New York Department of Health and the Boilermaker. Twenty youth from Utica are responsible for planting, nurturing and harvesting the bounty provided from this small patch of land. The youth are also growing in skills such as team work, communication and developing a business plan that will help them be a leader in our community.

Youth Olympics 2015 Boilermaker Youth Olympics

Directed by the City of Utica Youth Bureau and sponsored by Bank of America, the Youth Olympics offer kids ages 6-13 from the City of Utica a chance to participate in a free competitive sporting event. With a focus on fitness and fun, the Youth Olympics offers a great way for kids to get engaged in sports and a healthy lifestyle. The event takes place in Proctor Park, an iconic Utica landmark. Virtually all the children that are involved in the Youth Olympics are inner city residents.

There is no cost to participants.

Kids' Run 2015 Boilermaker Kids Run

Sponsored by the Utica National Insurance Group, the Kid's Run takes place Saturday of Boilermaker Week. Between 1,600-1,800 children between the ages of 4-12 participate in an untimed, age appropriate run. Run distances range between ¼ up to 1 mile, including is a special needs heat. Every child is given a tee shirt, commemorative gift and healthy snacks at the conclusion of the run.

There is no cost to participants.

The Boolermaker Kids' Run 2015 BOOlermaker

Capturing the excitement of Halloween and disguising fitness as fun brings the Boolermaker to life! "Where being fit isn't scary" this untimed Halloween-themed run gives children of all ages the opportunity to engage in some healthy, safe activities and nutritious treats.

There is no cost to participants.

Charity Bib

Have you ever wanted to run with a purpose? If so, the Charity Bib is your ticket to not only being guaranteed a spot in the race, but giving you the satisfaction of helping out the community by raising money for a local organizations. In the four year life span of the Charity Bib program over 700 runners have raised $500,000 for 28 organizations. Talk about a collaborative effect!

Are you an organization looking to become a Charity Bib Partner? As we welcome the 40th running of the Boilermaker we are remodeling our Charity Bib Program to reflect a wider representation of all the incredible organizations selected to run, their creative work, and how it impacts the community. Essentially this is your opportunity to showcase your organization while raising funds!

Get your thinking caps on because as part of the application process you will have to identify what program or projects your Charity Bib funds will directly be applied to. We want to know what cool things you are up to!

We will be selecting up to 10 organizations as Charity Bib Partners 2017 based on area or community affected by the service you provide and the creativity of how you intend on using your funds raised. The number of bibs we will release will be announced when we select our Partners.

The Boilermaker is partnering again with Quadsimia to provide a web based support system for all our Partners. It is our goal to support you and your runners to make this a wildly successful year!

Deadline for Charity Bib is February 17th and selected Partners will be announced February 24th.

Happy Running!

Download the application here.


Boilermaker Scholarship Program 2016 Boilermaker scholarship awards This program was created to award high school students in distance running scholarships towards college tuition. These students are nominated by coaches, not parents, who recognize student talent in two areas: outstanding achievements in distance running and outstanding commitment in distance running. Over the last 11 years over 40 scholarships of $1000 - $1500 have been awarded to these hard working kids!

 

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