Boilermaker Road Race
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2013)|
|Boilermaker Road Race|
|Date||The second Sunday in July (yearly)|
|Event type||Road Race|
|Course records||42:40 (Men) 47:57 (Women)|
The Boilermaker Road Race is a USATF-certified 15-kilometer (9.3 mi) race in Utica, New York, United States. The race attracts runners from all over the world as well as runners from across the country.
The Boilermaker is organized by a staff of race directors, in conjunction with the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and has been run every year since 1978. The next race will be run on Sunday July 13, 2014. The race is touted as the largest 15k road race in the United States. For 2012, the race was capped at 14,000 entrants, which was met on March 21, nearly four months before the day of the race.
The race is sponsored, in part, by the Matt Brewing Company of Utica, NY. Appropriately, runners are given commemorative pint glasses in lieu of a runner's shirt as part of registration. The race is televised by WKTV, the local NBC affiliate in Utica.
The Boilermaker was established in 1978 by Earle C. Reed as a measure of giving back to the local community through his Utica Boiler business. The first 15K race in 1978 had a budget of $750 and attracted just over 800 local runners with just under 9,000 runners in 2001. The race gained national prominence until 1983, when American distance runner Bill Rodgers won with a time of 44:38. By 2002, it was considered to be first place in the racing circuit, which in 2014 is a Pro Circuit in the US. In 2002, in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Boilermaker, John Pitaressi of the Utica Observer-Dispatch published a book titled: Utica Boilermaker: America's Premier 15K Road Race which highlights all years from 1978 to 2002.
In honor of the 25th Anniversary, a research report (Racino, March 2002) was conducted on the weekend events, including the 5K Road and Wheelchair Race, as a critical showcase for the US integrated road touring circuit, which in 2014 followed Georgia's Peachtree Road Race. The events are part of a comprehensive marketing, community development, and economic campaign in the Central New York region, and the events include: golf outing, 8K non-competitive walk, youth runs, 5K road race, the major 15 K competitive race circuit (also, involving Paralympian athletes, such as Saul Mendoza), spaghetti dinners, music events on the course, community volunteer water stops and a medical tent, corporate sponsorships and races, charity fundraising, speaking events, "special needs inclusion", post-party and awards ceremony, and induction ceremonies for the National Distance Running Hall of Fame. The research report is the first to examine critical issues in integrated sports, in relationship to community integration theories. 
The Utica Observer-Dispatch and WKTV News Channel 2 have covered the event annually for its history, and maintain archives of the full race, and related events. The race director Bob Ingalls in 2002 has now been followed in his leadership by a colleague Tim Reed in 2014. The Boilermaker retains a year round staff and office, and works with tons of volunteers from the non-profit, business, corporate, educational, medical, and safety communities to create the community events. The finish line and post-party are held at the Matt's Brewery which is an outstanding family-owned business brewing the new Saranac, the original Utica Club, and the home of Schultz and Dooley.
Key: Course record United States championship race
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)|
|1st||1978||Ric Rojas (USA)||45:38||Kathy Mills (USA)||54:26|
|2nd||1979||Tom Carter (USA)||47:15||Cynthia Girard (USA)||57:30|
|3rd||1980||Peter Pfitzinger (USA)||45:16||Nancy Mieszczak (USA)||55:02|
|4th||1981||Terry Baker (USA)||44:48||Mary Rybinski (USA)||54:49|
|5th||1982||John O'Connell (USA)||44:58||Laura DeWald (USA)||54:41|
|6th||1983||Bill Rodgers (USA)||44:38||Ena Weinstein (PER)||53:22|
|7th||1984||Geoff Smith (GBR)||44:21||Ena Weinstein (PER)||52:37|
|8th||1985||Jerry Kiernan (IRL)||44:42||Judi St. Hilaire (USA)||50:35|
|9th||1986||Joseph Kipsang (KEN)||44:07||Lisa Brady (USA)||50:19|
|10th||1987||Mark Roberts (GBR)||45:10||Rebecca Kirsininkas (USA)||54:10|
|11th||1988||Joseph Kipsang (KEN)||44:55||Ria van Landeghem (BEL)||52:45|
|12th||1989||Jon Sinclair (USA)||44:06||Michelle Bush (CAY)||52:35|
|13th||1990||Delmir dos Santos (BRA)||44:01||Maria Trujillo (USA)||51:39|
|14th||1991||Ed Eyestone (USA)||44:10||Jill Boltz (GBR)||48:19|
|15th||1992||Sammy Lelei (KEN)||43:39||Madina Biktagirova (RUS)||50:22|
|16th||1993||Thomas Osano (KEN)||43:39||Gitte Karlshøj (DEN)||51:07|
|17th||1994||Benson Maya (KEN)||42:57||Delillah Asiago (KEN)||50:24|
|18th||1995||Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN)||43:09||Roseli Machado (BRA)||49:42|
|19th||1996||Joseph Kimani (KEN)||42:40||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||48:55|
|20th||1997||Joseph Kimani (KEN)||42:54||Lornah Kiplagat (KEN)||49:58|
|21st||1998||Khalid Khannouchi (MAR)||42:57||Lornah Kiplagat (KEN)||49:58|
|22nd||1999||John Korir Kipsang (KEN)||43:00||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||48:52|
|23rd||2000||Reuben Cheruiyot (KEN)||43:07||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||48:47|
|24th||2001||John Korir Kipsang (KEN)||42:57||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||48:06|
|25th||2002||Paul Malakwen Kosgei (KEN)||43:22||Constantina Diţă (ROM)||48:29|
|26th||2003||John Korir Kipsang (KEN)||43:23||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||48:55|
|27th||2004||John Korir Kipsang (KEN)||43:50||Susan Chepkemei (KEN)||48:50|
|28th||2005||Gilbert Okari (KEN)||43:22||Sally Barsosio (KEN)||50:11|
|29th||2006||Samuel Rongo Olengura (KEN)||43:16||Getenesh Wami (ETH)||49:31|
|30th||2007||Nicholas Manza Kamakya (KEN)||43:51||Lidia Simon (ROM)||49:23|
|31st||2008||Terefe Maregu (ETH)||44:17||Ashu Kasim Rabo (ETH)||50:39|
|32nd||2009||Ridouane Harroufi (MAR)||43:56||Alice Timbilili (KEN)||49:32|
|33rd||2010||Lelisa Desisa (ETH)||42:46||Edna Kiplagat (KEN)||47:57|
|34th||2011||Ridouane Harroufi (MAR)||43:30||Alice Timbilili (KEN)||48:41|
|35th||2012||Tilahun Regassa (ETH)||43:01||Mamitu Daska (ETH)||49:26|
|36th||2013||Julius Kipyego Keter (KEN)||43:55||Lineth Chepkurui (KEN)||50:33|
- "Link to Boilermaker Web Page".
- Pitaressi, J. (2002). "Utica Boilermaker: America's Premier 15k Road Race." Utica, NY: North Country Books.
- Racino, J. (2002). "The Boilermaker Road Race: Celebrating 25th Anniversary in 2002: An Examination of Road Racing and Wheelchair Racing in the US". Rome, NY: Community and Policy Studies.
- List of winners
- Post, Marty (2010-07-12). Utica Boilermaker 15 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.