Record-breaking year for the Boilermaker


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Boilermaker 2010 is now in the history books and it was a memorable one at that with multiple records broken.

Going into the morning, we knew that a record-breaking field would be participating and taking to the streets of Utica. 13,089 runners registered to be part of the 15 Road Race, making it this biggest Boilermaker in history. 11,524 runners finished the race, which is again record-setting.

That record was broken at the start line but two records were also broken at the Finish Line. Both the men's winner and women's winner set course records for finishing times.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the Boilermaker Road Race and set a new course record in the process. Desisa ran the course in 42 minutes, 46 seconds. He broke the old record by a mere 8 seconds.

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women's division of the Boilermaker 15K, setting a new course record time. Kiplagat's time was 47:56, beating the old record which was set in 2001 by Catherine Ndereba.

According to Medical Director Dr. John DeTraglia, only about 100 patients were treated at the medical tent. Mostly were heat-related but doctors saw a few sprains as well. DeTraglia noted that the recovery times have been quick. 10 people were transferred to local hospitals for further treatment, but none were serious.

The Boilermaker saw some celebrities along the course. Senator Chuck Schumer made an appearance at the Finish Line in order to greet the incoming runners.

Also, Syracuse University football coach Doug Marrone ran the 5K Road Race.

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