The rate of 2018 registrations are on schedule with last year and Boilermaker officials expect the 15K and 5K fields to be more than half full by the start of open registration. Once the race reaches capacity a first-come first-served waiting list will go into effect.
"Since we introduced the priority system, the urgency of registration has dwindled but so has the anxiety surrounding the whole process. We feel that this is a more equitable procedure for our returning runners," said Boilermaker Race Director, Jim Stasaitis. "However, the race still caps out so our message to all prospective runners remains the same. Don't wait."
About the race:
The Boilermaker Road Race was established in 1978 by Earle C. Reed. Reed was looking for a way to give back to the community that had supported his family's business, Utica Radiator (now ECR International). The 15K road race began with just 876 runners and a budget of $750.
In 1983, renowned distance runner, Bill Rodgers, not only participated but won the race with a time of 44:38. Rodgers elevated the race by bringing both national exposure and credibility to the event. Since then, the Boilermaker has attracted elite runners from all over the world, including Olympians and world record holders. In fact, the Boilermaker has been named by the Analytical Distance Runner as the most competitive 15K road race in the world.
Today, the Boilermaker road race hosts over 19,000 runners per year. Boilermaker Weekend offers events for participants of every age and skill level. It has grown to include fitness and special events, such as the Carbone 5K Race, Utica National Kids' Run, Bank of America Youth Olympics, The Fitness Mill Health and Wellness Expo, and more. Designed around the weekend's crown jewel, the Boilermaker 15K Road Race presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Boilermaker Weekend promotes a healthy lifestyle with a focus on fun, family, and community spirit!