Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.7
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
3.5
2020 EVENT CANCELED, transitioned to virtual race. *** The Boilermaker is dedicated to leading the healthy lifestyle movement through exercise and fun. In 1978, the Boilermaker began as a 15K road race with 876 runners. Held in Utica, New York, the gateway to the Adirondacks, it is today a week … MORE
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    slm4508 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The amount of spectators for this race is ALWAYS amazing! So much support throughout the whole run! Tons of people - Lots of participation. MORE

    The amount of spectators for this race is ALWAYS amazing! So much support throughout the whole run! Tons of people – Lots of participation.

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    lafavesb FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is a very large 15k with a lot of people from around the world competing. Many locals show up to support all of the runners and there is … MORE

    This race is a very large 15k with a lot of people from around the world competing. Many locals show up to support all of the runners and there is never an area on the course where someone is not cheering you on. There are also many water stations along the course and free beer at the finish line with live music.

    Downside, you likely won’t PR, there are so many people that it is difficult to run your own pace. There should also be more port a Johns before the only decent hill on the course.

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    abauer02 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I love how the town really participates and cheers us all on for this event. Lots of support, music at every corner, refreshments, Popsicles, and animals from the local zoo … MORE

    I love how the town really participates and cheers us all on for this event. Lots of support, music at every corner, refreshments, Popsicles, and animals from the local zoo to help keep us all motivated! Everyone is so energetic and awesome to run with. Great after party!!

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    KWatts13 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is great because of the community support. Throughout the entire race there are groups of people cheering you on which just makes the race special. There are more … MORE

    This race is great because of the community support. Throughout the entire race there are groups of people cheering you on which just makes the race special. There are more than enough water stations which is greatly appreciated as it seems like it is always the hottest day of the year for this race! The course itself is a little tough because of the “giant hill” and the number of runners. It was difficult to get a good pace because there are just so many people to weave in and out of.

    The atmosphere and after party are what sets this race apart from any other race. You will not find a better after party than this at Saranac Brewery.

    The organization and communication of the race was spectacular as well.

    The only thing I would change is instead of receiving a little pin, I wish we would get medals instead but besides that everything is incredible!

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    neon8919 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is held every July, and is a road race with the majority of the course in full sun. It is meant to be hot, humid, and grueling. 2019 … MORE

    This race is held every July, and is a road race with the majority of the course in full sun. It is meant to be hot, humid, and grueling.

    2019 was my second time doing it, and I was lucky with the weather again. It was beautiful race weather!

    The race itself is sponsored by the local brewery, which is awesome. I am from the Central New York area, and this race reminds we what is good about it.

    21 water/ice stops along the 9.3 mile course, PLUS course support from the community handing out popsicles, more ice, and the occasional beer.

    The crowd support this year was not as good as last year, but it definitely was still great.

    I was in the Green corral, which felt SOOOOO crowded for the first 4 miles, it wasn’t until I got through the golf course did I actually feel like I was running at my pace and gait.

    The course crowding is definitely my only complaint.

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    The course itself starts with gradual uphills and downhills before a challenging and somewhat steeper climb around a golf course (mile 3-4 or so). Next is an even longer stretch … MORE

    The course itself starts with gradual uphills and downhills before a challenging and somewhat steeper climb around a golf course (mile 3-4 or so). Next is an even longer stretch back down onto a relatively flat parkway. Around this point, spectators are lining pretty much both sides of the street. Just after mile 6 is the last significant climb, this one over the Burrstone bridge. Shortly after you make the next turn, the final 2 miles head back downhill towards the finish. There is plenty of water, ice, and sprinklers if you need to cool off.

    The finish line is divided into two sections that lead into the post-race corral, with both leading a pretty long stretch toward the post-race party. Be sure to grab water, chocolate milk, fruit, or ice cream that they’re handing out.

    At the party, runners 21+ get free beer from the Saranac brewery. As part of the race swag, you get a Saranac glass commemorating the race. Shirts and other gear are available on the race website or at the packet pickup expo for purchase.

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    RevKay REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a classic race. I ran it 13 years ago and could wait to run it again. Will be running this summer (2019). Well organized. Very tough uphill segment, … MORE

    This is a classic race. I ran it 13 years ago and could wait to run it again. Will be running this summer (2019). Well organized. Very tough uphill segment, but worth it. Great spectator support.

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    jessica.jones REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The entire vibe and feeling around the Boilermaker is electric! From Prerace activties the days before the run, to the crowds of spectators along the course, to the after party, … MORE

    The entire vibe and feeling around the Boilermaker is electric! From Prerace activties the days before the run, to the crowds of spectators along the course, to the after party, this is one hell of a race!

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    silvia.runs.meows REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I hope you make this a bucket list race if not a repeat race. The course is challenging, and the weather often makes it more challenging because it is often … MORE

    I hope you make this a bucket list race if not a repeat race. The course is challenging, and the weather often makes it more challenging because it is often hot, but there are popsicles, 20 water stations for 15k, and beer from spectators in some spots on the course. The energy on the course is comparable to that of big marathons (with a little bit of a down time at mile 4 to 5 on the biggest hill, but there are still spectators at the top) and you will be excited at the finish to have unlimited beer. Hydrate well and do some 4-5% incline hill runs to prepare for mile 4 and 7 of this course. I’ve run 1:23 in 2016 when it was cool and misty and I’m excited to come back every year and try to beat it. My current PR is 1:16 (on a hilly course in december) and nothing would make me happier than matching it on the renowned Boilermaker course! Plan to be dropped off at the start for easiest race day because parking is not easy and you’d have to go before 5 am to park.

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    LisaMMallery Mar 20, 2019 at 11:53am

    I love this race. The towns people are amazing , they are along the entire route cheering us on. Offering Popsicles, ice and water. There are bands almost every mile.… MORE

    I love this race. The towns people are amazing , they are along the entire route cheering us on. Offering Popsicles, ice and water. There are bands almost every mile. It is a true community event. LESS

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    anawoj REPEAT RUNNER '03

    Having run the Utica Boilermaker 15k many times, I keep coming back every year because it's such a fun race. The highlights would be the crowd support and the post-race … MORE

    Having run the Utica Boilermaker 15k many times, I keep coming back every year because it’s such a fun race. The highlights would be the crowd support and the post-race party at the Saranac Brewery. For a non-marathon race, the Boilermaker 15k has some of the best crowd support I have seen… lots of bands, spectators, and aid stations line the 9.3 mile course (most of the local community comes out to watch). There’s a pretty big hill between miles 3 and 4 but also some good downhill stretches along the way. Crowds are five people deep for the last quarter mile leading up to the finish line… then you get directed to a huge parking lot behind the Saranac Brewery where they serve unlimited beer to runners wearing a bib and have several live bands and entertainment. They use to have an F-16 flyover while they sung the national anthem at the post-race party, but unfortunately, that has been cancelled… they did so a small plane flyover in 2014, though. The “swag” for this race is really the Boilermaker beer glass and the finisher’s pin at the end… not a ton compared to what you get in a marathon, but it’s a 15k after all.

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