UTICA, N.Y. – The date isn’t the only thing that’s changed for the Boilermaker Road Race this year – the requirements to participate and the capacity will also be different than in year’s past.
On Tuesday, Boilermaker President Mark Donovan detailed the changes for the 2021 race on Oct. 10.
The number of participants will be cut slightly, from 14,500 to 12,000 for the 15K race, and from 4,500 to 4,000 for the 5K race.
All registered runners must also be vaccinated by Sept. 22 in order to participate, except those 12 and under who can’t yet get the shots.
There will also be a virtual option for those who do not want to participate in the actual event.
Registration will open on the following schedule:
- Rollovers from 2020: July 1 at noon through July 8 at noon
- 2020 virtual Boilermaker participants: July 9 at noon through July 15 at noon
- Open registration: July 16 at noon
- Virtual options: July 1 at noon
All registration will close on Oct. 1, or when the caps are reached.
Runners can pick up their packets at the Health and Wellness Expo, which is scheduled for Oct. 8 and 9 in the former Macy’s at Sangertown Square. This is also when participants will present a valid ID and proof of vaccination either with a copy of their vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior app.
“The existence of these vaccines is the only reason we are able to bring live racing back this year. As a health and wellness organization using road racing to change people’s lives in a positive way, the Boilermaker is grateful for their existence and efficacy and proudly supports the continued advancement of the vaccination rate,” Donovan went on to say. “In addition, it offers the optimal path to provide a comfortable, safe and as close to normal experience as possible for the eligible participants and our community. For those who are not yet vaccinated, you have 86 days to get that completed. For those who are choosing not to vaccinate, we understand your disappointment and we look forward to 2022 when hope to be in a position to have a safe, all-inclusive event.”
As of Tuesday, Donovan says the post-race party will only be open to race participants and not the public, but that is subject to change.
As previously announced, there will be no elite athletes invited, and there will be no prize money available for this year’s race.
The charity bib program, corporate cup program, high school challenge and wheelchair challenge will all be included in this year’s event.