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Boilermaker staff to consider changes to 2011 race

By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sunday was a record-setting day in terms of the number of runners and how fast the top runners crossed the finish line of the 33rd annual Boilermaker Road Race.

Despite that success, Boilermaker staff will, over the next several weeks, ask themselves what can be done differently in the future.

If Sunday's race was not the "best ever," it certainly came close, said Boilermaker Executive Director Tim Reed. There were a record number of runners in Sunday's 15K race - just over 13,000. Reed said it took the last runner 14 minutes just to cross the start line.

Along with growing 15K entrants, Reed said the number of participants in the 5K race also continues to grow each year.

On Sunday, there were 168 people who needed medical attention, 11 of which went to the hospital. Reed said the medical staff did a "great job" taking care of those who needed the attention.

However, he wonders if they and other volunteers were put to the max because of the large field.

With questions like that in mind, officials are holding off on the usual day-after registration for the following year's race and want to discuss some things for the 2011 event, including the size of the field.

"I think we are going to have these frank conversations in regards to how many people we can do," said Reed. "We obviously want to welcome as many people as we can, but we also want to make sure we welcome people to a product that is consistent with what we offered people the last 33 years."

Reed and other Boilermaker staff members said the one big thing missing from this year's race was a fly over at the post-race party. Reed said the F-16s that they usually use from Syracuse were unavailable this year.

Attempts to scramble other fighter jets before the race were unsuccessful, said a disappointed Reed.

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