Boilermaker officials announce exciting changes to this year's race

Boilermaker officials made several exciting announcements Wednesday evening. They unveiled the post-race party entertainment, the official beer of the race and new this year, the Boilermaker Unity Mile.

Posted: May. 17, 2017 10:05 PM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 4:01 PM

Boilermaker officials made several exciting announcements Wednesday evening as they unveiled the post-race party entertainment, the official beer of the race and the Boilermaker Unity Mile.

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Dozens of volunteers gathered at the F.X. Matt Brewery as race officials made several big announcements at the second full committee meeting.

The post-race party entertainment will feature Maxine Nightingale, a British R&B singer best known for her hits in the 70's, such as "Right Back Where We Started From." That song is featured in the movie, "Slap Shot," which was partially filmed in Utica. 

The brewery showed off its new Haus Lager, which will be the official beer of the race.

And brand new this year, there will be a Boilermaker Unity Mile.

Sponsor and marketing specialist, Jordan Peters, talked about the goal of this special mile.

"For Boilermaker 40, the way we do things we wanted to do something really special for that and this seemed to be symbolic of Utica and the Boilermaker and thought it was a really cool idea," said Peters. "The end goal is to just drive as many people there as possible. Pack that mile of the race as thoroughly as possible so that as runners are passing through section of the race, right by MVCC, they're experiencing a tunnel of sound and color that's really unprecedented in the road racing world."

Officials unveiled one more thing during the meeting, the new volunteer t-shirts that reflect this year's theme of the 70's and honors a former volunteer.

According to Boilermaker officials there will be only one more committee meeting before the big race on Sunday, July 9th.

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