Utica road race held, raised money for Boston victims

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A portion of the proceeds of a road race in Utica held Saturday will go to help the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

The 18th annual "Save Our Switchbacks" Road Race started and ended on the Parkway in Utica. The event is a 7.5K race, or half of the Boilermaker.

The Utica Roadrunners organization started this race and continue to run it each year. After the events in Boston, organizers say not only are they running to save the Switchbacks, but to help their fellow Americans in Boston, runners or not.

The Switchbacks are a series of trails that run through the Roscoe Conkling Park.

Save Our Switchbacks Race Director Jerry Tylutki said, "Back in 1996, following a really bad weatherwise winter, the South Woods Trail was in really bad disrepair. The city didn't have the funds to maintain it, so the Utica Roadrunners stepped up and so we give the city every few years to maintain the trail."

Tylutki actually ran the Boston Marathon on Monday, and says donating to 'The One Fund' came to mind as soon as he heard about it. Beside a portion of the registration fee, he even set up donation boxes for more contributions.

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