UTICA – Following a year without a Boilermaker kids’ run due to rainy weather, the event is back for its 30th year.
What started as a fun way to involve a few hundred kids in the Boilermaker has now grown to involve 1,600 youth runners. That’s how many are expected to run this year’s event at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica on Saturday, July 7.
The distances for the run include:
- Special Needs Children, Ages 4 – 16: 1/4 mile
- Ages 4 – 6: 1/4 mile
- Ages 7 – 8: 1/2 mile
- Ages 9 - 10: 3/4 mile
- Ages 11 - 12: 1 mile
According to the race director, the event is something that runners take seriously at all ages.
“Our event starts at age four, you know, we watch those kids get out there and run and it's nice to see kids that young actually participating in the sport,” said Dennis Brennon, director of the Boilermaker Kids’ Run. “We talk to parents before the event Friday at registration and they already tell us the kids are training, who's out there running already, so it's exciting.”
Registration for the kids’ run will be from 12-3 p.m. Friday, July 6 at the Boilermaker Expo in MVCC’s IT Building. Children with special needs are encouraged to participate as well.