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EDITORIAL: A round of applause for Utica’s Boilermaker Road Race

Posted 7/9/22

We wish the best of luck to the thousands of people participating in this year’s Boilermaker Road Race — whether they are taking part in the 15K event, or the 5K event, or the wheelchair division …

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EDITORIAL: A round of applause for Utica’s Boilermaker Road Race

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We wish the best of luck to the thousands of people participating in this year’s Boilermaker Road Race — whether they are taking part in the 15K event, or the 5K event, or the wheelchair division on Sunday morning, or whether they are among those who are volunteering to make this great attraction a success.

Sunday morning, the streets of Utica will be filled with runners enjoying the city’s premier summer sports event. It is the 45th edition of the 15K race, which covers 9.3 miles. In total, 7,618 people are registered for the 15K. The overall winner usually finishes in under 47 minutes.

What makes this year’s competition extra special is that the elite runners are returning to the 15K race. They were missed after the last two years featured altered races due to COVID-19 challenges.

“We’re fortunate,” Boilermaker President Mark Donovan said. “We have the support of the community and support of the city and county. Our sponsors are incredible. They bailed us out the last two years. We now know that that we’re a 10,000-plus-person event, which makes us the biggest thing between New York City and Cleveland. That’s not a bad spot to be.”

It certainly isn’t.

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