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. The race failed to gain any national prominence until 1983, when American distance runner Bill Rodgers won with a time of 44:38.
Key: Course record United States championship race
- List of winners
- Post, Marty (2010-07-12). Utica Boilermaker 15 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.