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2019 Boilermaker Road Race
Members of the Utica First team and their families laced up their running shoes and participated in the 2019 Boilermaker Road Race on Sunday July 14th, 2019. 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 42nd year, the Boilermaker draws more than 19,000 competitors.
Visit http://www.boilermaker.com to learn more about this event.