Boilermaker Road Race

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Boilermaker Road Race
Boilermaker Logo
Date The second Sunday in July (yearly)
Location Utica, NY
Event type Road Race
Distance 15K
Established 1978
Course records 42:40 (Men) 47:57 (Women)
Official site

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.[1] 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.[2]

The race is sponsored, in part, by the Matt Brewing Company of Utica, NY.[3] 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.[4] The race gained national prominence until 1983, when American distance runner Bill Rodgers won with a time of 44:38.[5] 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.[6]

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. [7]

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.

Past winners[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Link to Boilermaker Web Page". 
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  6. ^ Pitaressi, J. (2002). "Utica Boilermaker: America's Premier 15k Road Race." Utica, NY: North Country Books.
  7. ^ 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

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