Fans line Boilermaker Course

By GARY LIBERATORE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A perfect weather day made for a perfect viewing day of the 2010 Utica Boilermaker Road Race. Fans lined the roadways as they usually do from the start line in East Utica to the finish line in West Utica.

Those who did line the roadways were sure happy about the low humidity, as compared to what we've seen over the past week. Ray Cieslak who watched the race from the eight mile mark at the corner of Champlain Avenue and Whitesboro Streets brought his young son over from their nearby home, "I thought the humidity would be a little too much, and it's perfect, it's beautiful out."

Yorkville Police Officer Patrick Collea says the weather was so perfect, the runners looked unusually fresh during the homestretch, "actually a girl half way through the race came down and did a back flip right in front of me, which was pretty impressive, this after running eight and a half miles, and doing a back flip, you have to have a lot of energy, it's harder for me to watch them than it is to do the race."

Syracuse University head football coach Doug Marrone ran The Boilermaker for the first time, "it's an overwhelming experience, I've been to a lot of great venues, the Superdome, the Carrier Dome, but I put this right up there, I'm excited, I'm definitely coming back."

Whitesboro resident Paul McAndrew volunteered his DJ services on Champlain Avenue, to urge the runners on for their last mile, "we try to keep it upbeat, put a little soul into their feet so they can get to the finish line."

And in the end, free beer at the brewery capped off a perfect day for more than 40,000, including the runners, their family and friends, and spectators.

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