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LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2020

As announced on June 16th, due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, the 2020 Boilermaker has been converted to a virtual event. All registered participants were notified multiple times via the email addresses associated with their RunSignUp accounts of the transition, what their options were and their deadline for making a decision which was June 30th.

As of now, all standard registration rules are back in effect going forward.

The Boilermaker organization is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that relies on the 15K & 5K events for its funding. The inability to host the traditional Boilermaker severely impacts the financial health of the organization and its ability to stage traditional Boilermakers in the years to come. With that in mind, we are asking that, if you are able, please consider participating in this virtual event to help secure the Boilermaker's future.

The Boilermaker appreciates the support, understanding and patience from each one of you as we've navigated through this unprecedented global challenge. Please see below for the answers to some frequently asked questions surrounding the transition of this year's Boilermaker Road Race to a virtual event.

  1. When will the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker take place?
    • Participants will run their 15K or 5K at their discretion (time & location) between September 1st & September 13th and report their time back to the Boilermaker no later than noon (EST) on September 13th via their RunSignUp account.
    • See more about the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker beginning with #7 below.
  2. I am already registered and plan to participate in the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker, what do I need to do?
    Nothing. Those who were already registered to participate in the 2020 Boilermaker will remain as registered participants entered in the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker.
  3. What if I chose the Refund, Rollover or Donate option and now want to participate in the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker? See options below which vary based on the decision made.
    • Refunds: As long as the races have not capped out, you are welcome to re-register anytime before August 26th.
    • Rollovers: 2 options - 1) You may re-register for the virtual race at full price and also preserve your complimentary access to the 2021 race. 2) You may move back into the 2020 virtual race at no cost and forego your complimentary entry in 2021. Simply e-mail racedirector@boilermaker.com with your full name if you would like to take advantage of this option.
    • Donations: Thank you for your generosity. As a small gesture of our gratitude we will gladly re-active your 2020 registration at no cost. Simply e-mail your full name to racedirector@boilermaker.com.
  4. If I chose to receive a refund during the special decision window, when will I receive it?
    The Boilermaker will process all requested refunds, minus a nominal processing fee charged by the registration platform, on July 1st. The speed at which funds will be returned may vary depending on your financial institution. If you do not see your refund reflected on your statement by 7/15/20, please contact racedirector@boilermaker.com and be sure to include your first name, last name and a phone number.
  5. Can I defer my current registration to next year?
    • Standard race rules for deferrals now apply.
    • All deferral requests for both the 15K and 5K races must be made by contacting racedirector@boilermaker.com with your full name.
    • Deferrals requests must be made by 11:59pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    • Deferred Runners (Runners who request a deferral to the 2021 race) will have receive Priority Access and pricing for 2021 but MUST register and pay again. Deferred Runners will receive an email, using the email address the Boilermaker has on record, with more information prior to 2021 Priority Access Registration.
  6. I'm not currently registered, but want to participate in the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker, what do I need to do?
    • Registration is now open! Simply click the "Register Now" link on this page to complete your registration.
    • Pricing is as follows and will remain in place until each race caps out:
      • 15K presented by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield > $60 (race cap = 14,500)
      • 5K presented by Utica National > $50 (race cap = 4,500)
  7. What do I need to know about the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker?
    • Participants from around the world will run their 15K or 5K at their discretion (time & location) between September 1st and September 13th, in one session, and report their time back to the Boilermaker no later than noon (EST) on September 13th via their RunSignUp account.
    • Participants can run on the course of their choice including a treadmill or a track. They are encouraged to run their 15K or 5K on a course that is safe from a physical perspective and to ensure that they follow all proper social distancing guidelines and traffic laws for their region, state or country.
    • Participants will receive race incentives that includes a historic commemorative pint glass, an official race bib, a finisher's certificate, a finisher's pin for 5K runners and for the first time ever, a finisher's medal for 15K runners. Since the Boilermaker will be shipping out the race incentives, please take care to ensure that whatever address you have listed in your RunSignUp account is where you would want the race incentives to be shipped.
    • While not required, participants are encouraged to use the RaceJoy app to document their run and submit their results for the optimal virtual Boilermaker experience. More information on this will come via your registration communications from the Boilermaker.
    • The following programs will be a part of the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker
      • Charity Bib program which has raised over $600,000 since its inception for the Boilermakers various nonprofit partners.
      • Wheelchair division sponsored by Sitrin Healthcare and NBT Bank
      • Corporate Cup Challenge sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
      • High School Challenge sponsored by Ball Aerospace
      • Traditional age group awards
  8. What course do I have to run for the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker?
    You can run any 15K (9.3 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) course including a treadmill or a track. If you choose to run the actual Boilermaker course, please be very mindful of required social distancing should you encounter a crowd.
  9. When will I receive my Boilermaker race incentives?
    You will receive your 2020 Virtual Boilermaker race bib prior to September 1st, 2020. The balance of the race incentives should be received shortly after the close of the virtual event on September 13th. You will need to officially submit your race result in RunSignUp in order to receive any of the finishers race incentives (pin, medal, certificate*). *The finishers' certificate will be available for you to download and print at home only.
  10. What if I don't receive my race incentives?
    If you have not received your race incentives by October 10th, please contact racedirector@boilermaker.com and be sure to include your first name, last name and a phone number.
  11. Will there be awards for the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker?
    Yes. There will be the traditional age group awards for the 15K and we will also recognize the top 3 winners from both the 15K & the 5K for both female and male participants. Due to the nature of the virtual race (honor system), there will be no prize money available.
  12. How do I report my time (result) to the Boilermaker?
    You will log in to your RunSignUp account and input your time. If you use the RaceJoy app, this will be an automated process. More information on this will come via your registration communications from the Boilermaker.
  13. What is the deadline for results to be submitted?
    All results must be submitted by 12:00 noon (EST) on Sunday, September 13th, 2020.
  14. Will the results be verified?
    Yes. All results will be reviewed by the timing company and race director who reserve the right to challenge any and all results.
  15. Will the race results be posted anywhere?
    Yes. The race results will be available once approved via boilermaker.com and will also appear in the special "Boilermaker Results Edition" of the Observer-Dispatch.
  16. Can anyone sign up for the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker?
    Yes. Registration is now open and will remain open until 11:59pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 or until each race reaches its cap (14,500 for the 15K and 4,500 for the 5K).