Registration caps placed on Boilermaker 15K and 5K

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Boilermaker Road Race has announced that the 2011 Boilermaker 15K and 5K races will be instituting a registration cap. The 15K will be capped at 13,000 and the 5K will be capped at 4,000.

In 2010, 13,108 registered for the 15K and 2,991 registered for the 5K. The three-mile walk will not be capped and will allow registration to and including the day of the walk on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Boilermaker officials cites issues such as safety and a constrained Start Line, as the primary reason to cap the race.

In an effort to promote online registration, initial registration will be online only. Online registration will open up on Saturday, January 8 at midnight - the halfway point to the 2011 Boilermaker. The official website of the Boilermaker, is where participants can sign up for the 2011 events.

"Not only does it make good economic sense to sign up early, but it may decide if you get to run the race," said Executive Director Tim Reed.

On Saturday, February 5, paper applications will be available at various locations, still to be determined. Due to recent PCI pronouncements regarding credit card security, the Boilermaker will no longer accept credit card payments via paper applications.

Credit cards will be used for on-line registration only.

In addition, a two-dollar paper processing fee will be instituted for the 15K, 5K and Three-Mile Walk. All processing fees for the Three-Mile Walk will be donated to a charity that benefits form the Walk. This year's charity of choice will be The Neighborhood Center.

In other news, Boilermaker officials said the 5K will be renamed a "race" rather than a "run," meaning the top three male and female finishers will be acknowledged, however, there will be no cash prizes for the 5K Race. Another notable change, officials said is that the start time of for the 5K Race will be moved from 7:30 a.m. to 7:!5 a.m.

"this change will both remind people that this is a race and not a walk, and alleviate 5K runners and 15K wheelchair athletes intermixing at the Finish Line," said Boilermaker Race Director Jim Stasaitis.

The 34th running of the Boilermaker will take place Sunday, July 10, 2011.

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