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Boilermaker Walk to return for race weekend; parks highlighted

Thomas Caputo
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Posted 6/8/22

After a four year hiatus, the Boilermaker Walk will return for this year’s Boilermaker weekend.

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Boilermaker Walk to return for race weekend; parks highlighted

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UTICA — After a four year hiatus, the Boilermaker Walk will return for this year’s Boilermaker weekend.

In addition to the 15K Road Race, the 5K Road Race, the Wheelchair Race and the Utica National Kids’ Run, the Boilermaker Walk will be another option for people to choose from to experience what the Boilermaker weekend has to offer.

“As part of the Boilermaker’s efforts to help our community get back to normal, we are very excited to bring back the popular Boilermaker Walk this year,” said President of the Boilermaker Road Race Mark Donovan. “We recognize that not everyone is physically able to participate in either of our road races, but want to be part of the Boilermaker experience. The walks provide them an opportunity to participation race weekend and fall in line with our mission to help change people’s lives in a positive way.”

The Boilermaker Walk will start at the Mohawk Valley Community College campus at 1101 Sherman Drive in Utica on Saturday, July 9 at 12 p.m. following the Utica National Kids’ Run.

This years’ walk will have courses in the following options:

  • 3 Mile
  • 4 Mile

The 3 mile courses will take participants through T.R. Proctor Park while the 4 mile course will take participants through F.T. Proctor Park, highlighting the significance of Utica’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkway system.

2022 marks the 200th birthday of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Members of Olmsted City, a non-profit program of the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, will be on hand along key points at F.T. Proctor Park to talk about the history of the parks and to showcase the work that’s gone into restoring them.

The courses were specifically designed to draw attention to the work and influence of Olmsted’s son Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. in conjunction with the nationwide celebrations for Olmsted Sr.’s 200th birthday. Olmsted Jr. was the landscape architect of F.T. Proctor Park, Roscoe Conkling Park and the Utica Parkway.

“Utica is the smallest city in the country with an Olmsted-designed parks and parkway system,” said Olmsted City Committee Chair Phil Bean. “It should be a point of particular pride in Utica that this great road race, going strong after 45 years, runs predominantly through Utica’s Olmsted heritage.”

Registration for this year’s Boilermaker Walk is exclusively online and is on a first come, first served basis to the first 1,000 participants. Registration fees for the walk for either distance is $8. Participants can pick up their bib and pin at the Boilermaker Expo in the Performance Gym of the Jorgensen Center at MVCC’s Utica campus.

Anyone looking to register for the Boilermaker Walk can visit: boilermaker.com

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