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Boilermaker Revises COVID Participation Policy

May. 26, 2022

  • Change eliminates initial restrictions requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID PCR Test.
  • Policy remains subject to change should public health conditions warrant.

Boilermaker officials announced today the lifting of COVID restrictions for participation in the Boilermaker 15K presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, 5K presented by Utica National and the 15K Wheelchair Race presented by Sitrin and NBT Bank on July 10, 2022.

As a result of the changes, participants will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test prior to race day.

"We have been closely monitoring the path of COVID-19 since February of 2020 and our priority has always been the safety of our participants, staff, volunteers and community," said Mark Donovan, president of the Boilermaker. "When we opened registration in March, our policy was in line with what had become the standard for events of all sizes and with all city and state guidelines. Shortly afterwards, that standard changed and we have seen large scale events being held safely with zero restrictions locally, regionally and nationally."

For anyone not comfortable participating in-person, the "Home-Edition" (virtual) option of the Boilermaker 15K or 5K race is available. The "Home-Edition" allows participants to run a 15K or 5K course of their choosing between July 1 and noon on July 10, 2022 and receive their pint glass and finisher's medal or pin by mail.

"In the interest of public health, we continue to encourage all to follow standard COVID precautions at this year's Boilermaker events," Donovan continued. "In addition, we will continue to assess public health conditions, governmental actions and guidelines and will issue policy revisions should they become necessary."

For more information on the Boilermaker's 2022 events, visit boilermaker.com.