The Utica Boilermaker 15k goes off once again this Sunday, July 13. Currently there are over 11,000 entries, including for the first time, the governor of New York State. The Boilermaker is known for many things, including an elite international field, huge community involvement, and perhaps one of (if not the) best post-race parties around, held at the Matt Brewery (one of the founding sponsors and brewers of Saranac). Another attribute of the Boilermaker is the weather. It tends to be hot. But no matter how hot it gets this Sunday, it’s not going to match this. Yep, it’s the “Boilermaker in Iraq”. Imagine running 15k in a bullet-proof vest in over 100 degree heat. That’s what 250 soldiers will be doing Sunday. I guess it’s a little slice of home in “hell”.
I only wish they could be here in Utica with the rest of us.