Holy hell it was a hot one with a FULL house.
For those of you not familiar the Utica Boilermaker here is some background from their website:
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 Boilers (now ECR International). The 15K road race began with just over 800 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 15K road race hosts over 17,000 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 a 5K Race, a 3 Mile Walk, a Kids’ Run, an Invitational Mile, Youth Olympics, a Health and Fitness Expo, and more. Designed around the weekend’s crown jewel, the Boilermaker 15K Road Race, Boilermaker Weekend promotes a healthy lifestyle with a focus on fun, family, and community spirit!
I wasn’t sure I was even going to make it this morning…more on that in another post. But it was WELL worth the extra effort at 5am to get to this race!
My best friend Amanda and I… in our pre-race pretty picture! This years race was SOLD OUT.
Some folks preppin’ up before the big event! Look at those clouds I thought it was going to rain instead it just got HOT.
This is the start line from my view. All I can say is one day I hope one day to be able to wear just a sports bra and tutu to run a race of this size. I also hope to be confident enough to do it! 😉 For now I’m cool running in a shirt, shorts and a water pack.
The best part about BIG races are the hilarious signs people make to cheer on the runners. I wish I had my camera during the run since many were photo worthy.
- “.1 down just 9.2 to go! “
- “Bill don’t come home unless you F***ing Finish” (Bill’s family really loves him… I think?)
- “Chuck Norris is behind you”
- “I would run for you instead I’m holding this sign”
- “You’re almost there!” (this was a mile 5 a little premature I think)
While running you see some of the craziest things. Today I saw a man running barefoot! I couldn’t believe it 9 miles of pavement without shoes?! That man deserves a pedicure!
A lady running near me at the end was wearing antlers? Santa Claus gave out ice & water at one of the stops. I’m seeing more and more sponsored by tech shirts, which I thought was interesting. There was also a cameo from the Everyday I’m Shuffling LMFAO robot!
A special thank you to those cheering fans with a garden hose or sprinkler out those are a fantastic treat for hot sweaty runners!
One of the best parts about this race?
The post race party is amazing! Tons of people, BEER, and concerts. All you could ask for! We didn’t stick around for very long. Amanda and I both had long drives back home. We did a quick lap and headed for the shuttle bus for home.
I finished the race I wouldn’t say much more than that about my performance. It was a good day with a great friend! See you in 2013 Boilermaker! I need a nap and about 50 gallons of water