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Boilermaker runners show required proof of vaccination at annual health expo

One of the caveats to the Boilermaker Road Race moving forward after last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic was requiring all eligible participants to be vaccinated.

Posted: Oct 8, 2021 5:53 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – One of the caveats to the Boilermaker Road Race moving forward after last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic was requiring all eligible participants to be vaccinated.

All of the more than 6,800 runners participating in the in-person racing events must go to the MVHS Health and Wellness Expo Friday or Saturday to present proof of vaccination to race officials. This excludes a few medical exemptions and kids under 12 who are not eligible to get vaccinated.

There are three stations set up at the expo with two lines, one for those using the Excelsior Pass and another for those showing their physical vaccine card.

“If you are using the Excelsior Pass, show your pass, we’ll give you a token, and you head on to pick up your bib. If you have your card; if you have your actual card, great, if you have a picture of your card on your phone, photocopy, we’re fine with that,” said Mark Donovan, president of the Boilermaker. 

Once the vaccination status is validated, runners can go on to pick up their race packet and bib.

“It’s a separate station, and then another station for the folks that are coming with multiple; picking up for your entire family or your friends got you to pick it up for them. You just need to have proof of identification for your friends,” said Donovan. 

The expo is in the former Macy’s at Sangertown Square in New Hartford Friday until 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring dozens of vendors with interactive booths and race merchandise for sale.

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