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Boilermaker to the Public- Leave Drones Home

Jul. 7, 2015


The Boilermaker Road Race is asking the general public to keep their drones grounded on Boilermaker Sunday.

'We have simply seen too many instances in the press of drones losing control and hurting people' said Tim Reed, president of the Boilermaker Road Race. 'We have an obligation to keep the race safe for everyone be they participants or spectators.'

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently forbids the flying of drones over large gatherings of people.

Both the Boston and New York City Marathons have declared drone-free zones along their entire course route.

'There will be no drones utilized by public safety at this year's Boilermaker' said Lieutenant Chuck Kelly of the Utica Police Department (UPD). 'Therefore if they are seen July 12th they are not ours.'

The race and the UPD asked the general public to notify a public safety official if they see a drone flying in proximity of the race.

In 2014 an athlete competing in an Australian triathlon was injured by a camera-carrying drone that lost control. It was suspected that control of the drone had been hacked.


The 38th running of the Boilermaker Road Race will take place July 12, 2015