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Boilermaker Expo 2010 gets underway

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Thousands of people are expected on the campus of the Masonic Care Community on Friday and Saturday to pick up their race packets for the 2010 Boilermaker Road Race.

However, many of those non-runners are also moving about the Masonic campus taking advantage of all the annual Boilermaker Health and Fitness Expo has to offer.

If you are one of those running the largest Boilermaker 15k yet, you're going to want to pick up your race packet in the gymnasium, behind and to the right of the Administration Building at Masonic. Officials moved it inside because of the threat of rain.

Despite the re-location, runners didn't seem to have a problem finding the new spot

"It was no problem," said Rob Anderson, who is running the 15K. "There's signs posted and there's...they've got the little ribbon that tells you which way to go. It's really no problem at all finding your way over there."

Boilermaker Youth Run Registration also went smoothly on Friday. Gone are the long lines of years past. Young Alaina Marsala is doing the one mile Youth Run for the first time in 2010, and while nervous, was well-trained.

"I go around the track at MVCC with my mom and my brother and sometimes with my dad and we just do it for fun," Marsala said.

You won't even recognize the Boilermaker apparel tent this year with the big changes that have been made. The race has partnered with Puma brand clothing, and that means the rainbow of tanks, t-shirts, golf shirts and hats with the Boilermaker logo and date are gone, replaced by performance-quality pieces with both a dateless Boilermaker logo and the Puma logo.

"Like everything, you'll have the Boilermaker label on everything," said Boilermaker Merchandise Director Libby Lemire. "It's just, we bought the stuff from Puma because it gave us access to a quality in performance piece that we can't buy...we weren't buying on our own."

The head of the Health and Fitness Expo is a non-runner, so she made sure there's stuff to do for everyone - entertainment, free food samples, a Nascar display, and lots of free health screenings, including blood pressure and body fat analysis.

"According to this, I'm borderline overweight but not bad,"said Les Cortright, who is running the 5K race. "Let's see...my body mass index is good, my blood pressure is wonderful and they say I'm just one handsome guy for 39 years old."

The expo runs from Noon - 7p.m. on Friday night and then again Saturday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Youth Run begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 3 mile walk at 10:30 a.m., both on the Masonic Care Community Campus.

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