The Boilermaker 15K Road Race was established in 1976 by Earle C. Reed. Reed was looking for a way to give back to the community that had supported his family's business, Utica Companies (ECR International). The race began with just over 800 runners and a budget of $750. Now, the Boilermaker is the largest 15K in the nation with more than 10,000 runners. Each year, the race attracts top elite runners from all over the world, Olympians and world record holders.
The Largest 15K in the Nation
For four years consecutively, the Boilermaker 15K Road Race has been named the largest 15K in the nation.
Most Competitive 15K in the Nation
The Analytic Distance Runner has ranked the Boilermaker 15K Road Race as the most competitive 15K in the world. The race has been ranked number one for four consecutive years.
The Hall of Fame holds its annual induction ceremony on the second eve of the second Sunday in July – the evening before the Boilermaker 15K Road Race. Each year the Hall of Fame inducts a new class of notables in a public ceremony. Many of the inductees run the Boilermaker the day after the Induction Ceremony.
The Boilermaker creates a $2 million economic impact on the Utica/Mohawk Valley area. Additional tax revenues are $143,234 and the Boilermaker re-invests $160,000 into the community in support of its events.
The Boilermaker Road Race has been named by the Road Runners Club of America as one of the top 20 Favorite Road Races in the country. Runners' World Magazine has rated the Boilermaker as one of the top 100 Road Races in the country. USA Track and Field has named it one of the 30 largest Road Races in the country. The Boilermaker Road Race is the Largest Road Race in the country.
The Boilermaker is run on the second Sunday in July.
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