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FAQ's


LAST UPDATED: August 31, 2020

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Registration is closed for the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker and all standard race rules are back in effect.

Below are some frequently asked questions for those who will be participating in the event.

The Boilermaker appreciates the support, understanding and patience from each one of you as we've navigated through this unprecedented global challenge.

  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.
  2. 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 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 the 15K runners.
    • 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. Additional information on this is contained in email communications to all registered participants.
    • The following programs will be a part of the 2020 Virtual Boilermaker
  3. 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.
  4. When will I receive my Boilermaker race incentives?
    Participants have two options to consider:
    • Physical Pick Up @ the Boilermaker Offices (805 Court Street, Utica, NY);
      • The Boilermaker encourages participants to consider coming to its offices to pick up their race incentives directly to help offset the significant shipping costs involved. There will be both in-store and curbside pick-ups available, all following CDC guidelines. In addition, there are a host of special other incentives (e.g. 50% off all in-store merchandise, an assortment of free Boilermaker vintage items, etc.) to take advantage of. Check your emails for more information. The dates and times are noted here:
        • August 31st – September 3rd ~ 8:30am to 6:00pm
        • September 8th – 11th ~ 8:30am to 6:00pm
        • September 12th & 13th ~ 8:00am to 3:00pm
    • Direct Shipment to Participants
      • Once the physical pick up period is over (September 14th), the Boilermaker will ship the balance of the race incentives to mailing addresses within a participants RunSignUp account. You will need to officially log in 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.
  5. 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 & be sure to include your first name, last name and a phone number.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 is contained e-mail communications to all registered participants.
  8. What is the deadline for results to be submitted?
    All results must be submitted by 12:00 noon (EST) on Sunday, September 13th, 2020.
  9. 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.
  10. Will the race results be posted anywhere?
    Yes. The race results will be available once approved via boilermaker.com.