The annual Boilermaker road race in Utica was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic — and the Utica Police Department has put out a warning to anyone who is considering running the race anyway on Sunday.
"Your run will be at your own risk," Utica Police said in a statement.
Police department officials said there will be no infrastructure, safety measures or police presence in place to protect or help anyone who runs the Boilermaker route on Sunday at their own choosing. The annual road race had been scheduled for Sunday, July 12 before being cancelled.
Police noted that the Boilermaker requires year-round planning for traffic control, safety organization, medical services and an overall race-friendly atmosphere. But because of the cancellation, none of that will be in place on Sunday, police stated.
"No roads will be blocked, no water or refreshments will be provided, and there will be no medical transport immediately available if an emergency occurs," police officials stated.
"Since the course is not going to be secure as in previous years, we cannot sanction anyone to run in the roadway, and in fact, advise against it."
Police said they had heard "repeated mentions" of groups and individuals who planned to continue the tradition of running the Boilermaker on the second Sunday in July, even if there was no official event.
The department also noted that the Boilermaker has scheduled a virtual, at-home event for between Sept. 1 and 13.