POLL RANKS BOILERMAKER ROAD RACE
AMONG AMERICAS TOP TWENTY
UTICA, NY, March 19
According to a recent poll of members of 550 running
the Boilermaker Road Race has been selected as one
of the top 20 races in the county.
The Boilermaker is the nations largest 15K
and will be celebrating its silver anniversary
this July in Utica, New York, as part of a celebratory
weekend during which the
National Distance Running Hall of Fame, also located
in Utica, will be holding its
annual induction ceremony.
"The results clearly
show that runners consider the Boilermaker to be
one of the best
road races," said Fred Carlip, president of
the Road Runners Club of America. "We
asked voters to consider not only the race management,
but the tourism and vacation
opportunities that exist in the surrounding area."
The results of the poll were carried in
the spring issue of Footnotes, the flagship publication
of RRCA. "Based on the feedback we
received," said Carlip, "the Mohawk Valley
was recognized and highly regarded as a
great place to be in the summer."
The poll results are particularly
significant to Utica because the city is also home
National Distance Running Hall of Fame, which is
dedicated to honoring the talents,
initiatives and drive of distance runners and road
racing individuals who have obtained
fame and recognition by breaking the sports
barriers and records. At the hall visitors
can see and experience the mementos, memorabilia
and exhibits honoring all-time
greats such as Frank Shorter, Joan Benoit Samuelson,
Bill Rodgers, Steve Prefontaine,
Billy Mills, Kathrine Switzer and more.
Utica Mayor Timothy Julian
said, "Its gratifying that the poll conducted
by the Road
Runners Club of America has affirmed what those
of us living here have always known.
The Mohawk Valley is a great place to be and if
youre a long-distance runner its the
only place to be on the second Sunday in July. Im
confident that this years
Boilermaker will be the biggest and best in its
25 year history."
The historic city of Utica,
sits right along a stretch of the New York State
can be called "Hall of Fame Corridor."
Among those in the surrounding areas are the
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Boxing
Hall of Fame in Canastota and the
Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. In addition, about
two hours away in Springfield,
Massachusetts, is the Basketball Hall of Fame. Visitors
to the area that "Last of the
Mohicans" author James Fenimore Cooper once
called home can also experience the
Utica Zoo, the Utica Marsh, a 213-acre wetland,
a childrens Museum of History, and
the Museums of Natural History and Science. Less
than an hour away is New York
States largest water theme park and just 18
miles west of the city is the world-class
gaming facility known as Turning Stone Casino Resort.
The Boilermaker and the induction
ceremony are the premier events of the weekend of
July 13 and 14, 2002. The Halls induction
ceremonies take place on Saturday and the
Sunday Boilermaker race consistently attracts elite
runners from all over the world,
including Olympians and world record holders. In
addition, the Boilermaker also features
the sports most enjoyable and largest post-race
party, hosted at the F.X. Matt Brewing
Company headquarters in down-town Utica.
For race registration information, call 315-797-5838
or visit the official Boilermaker
web site at www.boilermaker.com.