National Distance Running Hall of Fame induction ceremony returning
UTICA — National Distance Running Hall of Fame officials announced on Thursday the resumption of their induction ceremony for 2010 honoring the 10th class of runners after last year’s ceremony was canceled.
The event will take place on Saturday, July 10, at the Masonic Care Community in conjunction with the Utica Boilermaker Expo.
This year’s Boilermaker 15-kilometer race is scheduled the following day on July 11.
The formal announcement of the inductees will take place at the Boston Marathon held in April.
Admission for the ceremony is free and open to the public.
"We’re excited to have the induction ceremony return," said Tim Reed, executive director of the Hall of Fame. "I tried to reach out to some of the major races and sponsors to make it happen."
Last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the struggling economy, according to Hall officials.
Reed declined to name the sponsors that will help finance the induction, which will be supported by the Boilermaker, but said announcements will be made during the Boston Marathon weekend.
Reed added that having the induction ceremony return after its one-year absence was very crucial since running is becoming the largest participant sport in the country.
"We’ve been trying to save some funds and look at a place where we can watch our dollars on how we spend our money on but there had to be a commitment," he said.
"If we hadn’t had another year it would’ve been really bad because running is getting a lot stronger and becoming a leading participant sport in the nation."
Officials also announced on Thursday that the Moody Blues band will perform in a post-Boilermaker concert the night of the race at 7 p.m. at the Stanley Center for the Arts.
Tickets are priced between $24.50 and $86 and are available through Ticketmaster on the web at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Stanley Ticket Office at 724-4000.