UTICA, NY --The Boolermaker is back in Utica, after taking a one year hiatus. The event was held at the Utica Zoo Saturday morning, gathering hundreds of children and supporters.
The event was free to the public and gathered over 200 participants with a cap at 250. Children ages 4-12 lined up at the starting line at 10 a.m. for the sound of the horn to go off.
Kids participated in four different heats throughout the morning, dressed in numerous different Halloween costumes.
The event is tailored around health and fitness for kids in the greater Utica area.
“It’s a great event and gets them out here exercising,” said Marc Palmer, father of two runners in the Boolermaker. “It’s a great cause for the animals and we like to do it when the weather is nice.”
The Boolermaker at the Utica Zoo is part of the Boilermaker Urban Initiative, the race’s community outreach program.
“You will be seeing us do stuff like this outreach events, a lot more in the years to come,” said Jordan Peters, marketing specialist for the Boilermaker. “We’re trying to drive home the point that the Boilermaker is a lot more than just a race and we’re here year-round with the goal of just trying to make this community a healthier better and more fun place”
The Boilermaker Road Race 266 days away.