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Boilermaker Looks to Highlight the Runner Experience, South Utica Named 2009 Winner of Spectator Competition

Aug. 7, 2009

August 7, 2009 (Utica, NY) —  South Utica has been named as the winning neighborhood for the Spectator Competition for the 2009 Boilermaker.  This year, the Boilermaker developed a unique way to judge each neighborhood while emphasizing their appreciation for all the spectators along the 15k course.

The Spectator Competition was revised this year to try and honor the neighborhood which had the biggest impact on the runner's overall experience.  Unlike the first nine years of the competition, designated runners were selected by Victor Fariello Jr. and Kyle Simpson, co-directors of the Boilermaker Course Experience, to grade the course.  These "mystery runners" viewed each neighborhood and determined which one showed the most community spirit.  Photos of each section were also examined.

Once again, a celebration will be held to honor the winners.

 "Rather than calling it the 'Block Party' we are billing it as the 'Spectator Appreciation Party' to emphasize the fact that it is a party to honor all the spectators from the entire Boilermaker course," Fariello explained.  "We have always realized the important role that the spectators play in the overall success of the Boilermaker.  We want to make sure they realize how much we appreciate them."

The idea is to eliminate the competition aspect but still reward a section and its coordinator for exceptional efforts. This year, Nervous Rex provided the musical energy and South Utica was able to take the title, their second winning effort since the competition's inception.  Dave Gordon will be honored as the Course Experience Coordinator of Distinction.

All Boilermaker spectators are invited to the Boilermaker Spectator Appreciation Party on Wednesday, August 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Parkway Ski Chalet in Utica.  There will be free food and beverages.  Nervous Rex will once again showcase their winning act.  Prizes will also be distributed.