UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Results:
Few could ask for better weather for a road race, or a better finish.
Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco won the Boilermaker road race in 43:56 just a second ahead of Bazu Worku Hayla who had led nearly the entire race.
"...(in the) last 2 mile(s), I move(d) to catch him," said Harroufi.
Having seen Hayla in previous races, Harroufi said he was confident that his opponent would tire as he neared the finish, at that point Harroufi said his own energy remained high.
The results proved just that.
Harroufi said the course and conditions were excellent, other non-elite runners agreed.
Two hours after the first runner crossed the finish line Boilermaker Executive Director Tim Reed said the medical tent was far below last year's pace for sick runners. 88 visited the tent in 2008, roughly 50 were seen in the first couple of hours this year.
Timing, an issue that surfaced last year after a technical glitch wiped out times for middle-of-the-pack runners did not arise this year.
"There was more people on staff...the no fly zone was clearly politely done by the media," said Reed.
While things went fairly well, Reed says there are several changes that could be made for next year, including extending the pre-race expo, adjusting registration rules for the children in a separate event.
Finally, seeding may be altered in the future.
"There are concerns about where they felt they were ceded as opposed to how they ran last year...runners may not realize if you don't write in a seeding time, you are probably going to go to the back of the pack."
All-in-all, Reed considered the 32nd Boilermaker a success.