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Boilermaker 2011 by the numbers

By CAROLINE GABLE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A day after the Boilermaker 2011 race, officials are taking a look at the numbers and planning ahead for next year.

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to organize the event and Boilermaker Executive Director Tim Reed says this year's race ran as smoothly as any in recent memory, largely because of the beautiful weather on Sunday.

Although the race was capped at 13,000 people, there were actually 13, 272 racers registered. However, 225 15k entrants were deferred until next year.

Reed says the number is slightly over the cap due to sponsorship entrants. 300 sponsorship slots are available and Reed says it is hard to predict if runners will choose the 5k race or the 15k.

On race day, the 15k road race saw 11, 053 runners actually show up on Sunday morning. There were originally close to 4,000 registered for the 5k, however 3,187 runners showed up at the starting line on race day.

Another category the committee is taking a look at is the final finishing time for runners. The slowest 5k runner completed the course in one hour and 2 hours and 45 minutes was the slowest 15k time. Reed says those numbers are running a little long, and race officials turn off the clock at 2 hours and 15 minutes for the 15k.

As for 2012, the committee plans to have a cap, but the exact number is still a moving target. Reed says it is necessary to preserve what makes the race great, even though it is not easy to turn people away.

"It is a very delicate balance. I hate saying 'no' to some of the people I had to say no to," said Reed, who says he tries to live by the rules even if that means turning away a fellow Little League coach who got shut out of the 15k race.

It took 12 minutes and 34 seconds for the last person to cross the starting line of the 15k race.

98 people sought assistance at the medical tent this year, with 16 additional visitors at the second medical tent near the finish line. Only two runners were hospitalized overnight with minor injuries, and were released from the hospital on Monday morning.

212 medical volunteers teamed up to treat people, six of which were physicians. This year's race saw fewer turned ankles and knees, and more shin splints with the increase of first time runners.

Considering all the numbers, Reed says his headline for the event would read something close to, "picture perfect."

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