Empire State Trail Challenges

The premier event of Boilermaker weekend

The Boilermaker 15K presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is the premier event of Boilermaker Weekend. This world-renowned race is often referred to as the country’s best 15K. The Boilermaker 15K is recognized for its entertaining yet challenging course and racing’s best post-race party, hosted by the F.X. Matt Brewing Company, featuring Saranac beer and a live concert! Both spectators and participants are encouraged to download and use the RaceJoy mobile app on race day in order to track runners or be tracked. Learn more about RaceJoy HERE.

With plenty of water supports, strong attention to medical detail, and crowd support like no other race, the Boilermaker 15K is an event worth training and traveling for and should be on every runner’s “must-do” list.


Race Results

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

Start Time:

Packet Pickup:
The Boilermaker’s Health & Wellness Expo presented by MVHS
MVCC Utica Campus, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501
Friday, July 8th: Noon to 7:00pm & Saturday, July 9th: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Start Location:
Culver Ave. near Beechgrove Pl. Utica, NY

Finish Location:
Court St. at Varick St. Utica, NY

Distance & Course:
The course is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) and will be USATF recertified in 2023. The course is marked in miles with over 15 official water and aid stations. Streets are closed to traffic for 2 hours 30 minutes and splits are given at the 5K and 10K markers.

The course is restricted to registered runners and official race personnel. Walkers, dogs, skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates, bicycles, and baby joggers/strollers are prohibited. We strongly discourage the use of headphones.


Due to a New York State Department of Transportation construction project on lower Champlin Avenue, a course change will affect both the 15K & 5K races.

Both races will turn off Champlin Avenue at Caroline Street to avoid the construction and follow the posted detour. The detour will require the 15K & 5K starting lines to be altered slightly to ensure proper course distances.

See course maps for complete details.

15K Shuttles

Pre-race 15K shuttles will transport runners from the finish line area to the 15K start line from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Arrive early. Pick-up locations are:

  • Near the Finish Line at the corner of Court Street and State Street.
  • Near the rear of the Post Race Party area on Whitesboro Street.

Post-race shuttles will leave from Whitesboro Street behind the Post-Race Party. Shuttles are available to transport runners back to the 15K start.

Take care to ensure you’re on the correct bus. Shuttles will run continuously through 1 p.m.

Open Men and Women

  • 1st – $7,000.00
  • 2nd – $4,000.00
  • 3rd – $2,500.00
  • 4th – $1,500.00
  • 5th – $1,250.00
  • 6th – $1,000.00
  • 7th – $900.00
  • 8th – $800.00
  • 9th – $700.00
  • 10th – $600.00

Masters Men and Women (40 & Above)

  • 1st – $2,000.00
  • 2nd – $1,500.00
  • 3rd – $750.00
  • 4th – $500.00
  • 5th – $300.00

Top American Men and Women

  • 1st American – $3,000.00
  • 2nd American – $2,000.00
  • 3rd American – $1,000.00
  • 4th American – $750.00
  • 5th American – $500.00

The Boilermaker Road Race has a zero-tolerance drug policy.

Athletes who participate in Boilermaker events may be subject to drug testing. Athletes with positive drug test results will forfeit any prize money and will be disqualified from the event in which such athlete participated.

This is
world class

The Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) is an alliance of race directors who together organize and promote the PRRO Circuit, a series of premier non-marathon road racing events. The Circuit features highly competitive elite fields at each event as top athletes seek to qualify for the PRRO Super Bonus paid out at the annual PRRO Championship, which rotates among all of the events. The current Circuit features more than $410,000 in prize money overall, with $132,000 available for U.S. athletes.

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Boilermaker Road Race
PO Box 512, Utica, NY 13503


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