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Falling Leaves Road Race – Kids Kilometer

Utica First is proud to sponsor the Kids Kilometer. The Kids Kilometer is for our area's young runners. The run begins and ends on Genesee Street in downtown Utica. Runners ages 2-7 will run a 1/2K, while runners 8-12 will run a 1K.

The Falling Leaves Road Race is organized by the Utica Roadrunnners Club.  The USATF Certified 5k runs on the flat and fast streets of Utica. The scenic 14k course winds through the hilly switchbacks of Utica's South Woods.

United Way Back to School Drive

The team at Utica First, once again, helped get our community's children back to school. Our contributions provided for the purchase of hundreds of school supplies over the course of the summer. When the children were ready to return to school the United Way Back to School Drive was ready to deliver with the help of the Utica First team.

The United Way Back to School Drive runs from June to August, and is a collection of much-needed school supplies to aid children and families struggling to make ends meet.

Saranac Thursdays And Concert Series

The Utica First team took to the taps to keep the refreshments flowing at Saranac Thursday. The team poured and their volunteerism allowed Saranac to provide proceeds to the United Way.

A unique partnership formed in 1998 between United Way and its long-standing supportive community partner F.X. Matt Brewery, which hosts a weekly happy hour fundraiser and concert event throughout the summer. United Way coordinates groups of volunteers from local companies to assist with serving refreshments at Saranac Thursdays and Concert Series Events. This volunteer opportunity allows proceeds to be provided to the United Way.


2018 Boilermaker Road Race

Members of the Utica First team and their families laced up their running shoes and participated in the 2018 Boilermaker Road Race on Sunday July 8th, 2018. We sported our team shirts for the annual 15K race and became part of the full-field run.

The Boilermaker 15K 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 (ECR International). Earle convinced his father Bob Reed, President of Utica Radiator, and the company's Treasurer Jim Benson, to underwrite a new local long distance road race, which Earle dubbed "The Boilermaker." With additional assistance from the cofounder F.X. Matt II, president of F.X. Matt Brewing Company, the first Boilermaker was run on July 16, 1978. It wasn't the first local road race, but it quickly became the most popular. The Boilermaker continues to strive to be the best 15K race in the United States, attracting athletes and fans from all over the world. The race began with 876 runners and a budget of $750. Now in its 41st year, the Boilermaker draws more than 19,000 competitors.


2018 America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk

The team at Utica First exceeded their donation goal of $4,050 by coming in at $7,860 for the 2018 event. We are proud to be annual participants in America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk and we were out again to help on March 3rd, 2018.

The Heart Run & Walk is held each Spring at Utica College. The event raises funds which help to improve the cardiovascular health of the community, allow more people, to be trained in CPR, fund more research, educate more children, inspire people to make healthy choices, and ultimately save lives.

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