Boilermaker Guide for 2017

Photo obtained from Boilermaker Facebook page


Every year Utica gears up for the biggest 15K Road Race of the year – The Boilermaker. People wake up early and line up the streets to support their favorite runner, watch the powerhouse runners and the exceptional wheelchair racers. This year the Boilermaker takes place Sunday, July 9. Faithfully, people race to sign up for the 5K and 15K road race that have been selling out in record paces. The 5K begins at 7:15 a.m. with the 15K following suit at 8 a.m. Make sure you set your alarm clock early to get your favorite spot and help celebrate 40 years of tradition with the Boilermaker.


Here are some events that will be taking place during the Boilermaker weekend


Planet Fitness Health & Fitness Expo

The Planet Fitness Health & Fitness Expo takes place Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica. Friday hours are Noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Planet Fitness Health and Wellness Expo is where all of our runners pick up their race packets. This healthy lifestyle event offers something for everyone including: a food court, live entertainment, race merchandise, interactive booths, a runners’ forum and more.


Pasta Dinner

Runners and their family and friends can carb-up at the popular “all-you-can-eat” pasta buffet that features an assortment of pastas and sauces, salad, bread, dessert and beverages for only $7 at the IT Building, Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica Campus), 1101 Sherman Dr., Utica from Noon – 3 p.m., Saturday, July 8. Proceeds benefit the United Way by dining at the Pasta Dinner that is sponsored by Sodexo.


Utica National Kids’ Run

The Utica National Kids’ Run is one of the Boilermaker’s most popular events year after year. The kids’ run takes place at 8:15 a.m., Saturday, July 8 at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica. In its 29th year, the event is fun for kids and parents alike, and offers kids exposure to the sport of running while introducing them to the spirit of the Boilermaker. Runners in this non-competitive event receive a t-shirt, a gift, and refreshments after the run. In addition, all runners’ names are published in the Observer-Dispatch, which gives parents a great opportunity to record their child’s participation.


After Party

Showtime, Gridley Paige and Classified have created the ultimate “super group” to perform along with the disco diva herself – Maxine Nightingale. She will be performing her hit song “Right Back Where We Started From” at FX Matt Brewing Company, 811 Edwards St. (Back parking lot) Utica


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