Boston Marathon cap set at 20,000, but what about the Boilermaker?

Boilermaker Race Director Jim Stasaitis weighs in on the runner cap decision for this year's race in October.

Posted: Jun 28, 2021 3:58 PM

Utica, N.Y. - The Boston Marathon is out with its in-person cap this year. It's 20,000 runners. That's down from the usual 35,000.

The new tentative date for the Boston Marathon is October 11th - a day after the Boilermaker is scheduled.

Registration for Boston opens April 20th.

The virtual race is open to 70,000 runners.

We checked in with Boilermaker Race Director Jim Stasaitis on Tuesday to see where the Boilermaker stands as far as a cap this year.

Stasaitis says it's too early to make that call, "At this point in time, with 209 days before the race, we really don't know. We're working with the state, working with the county, working with the city and coming up with different scenarios but until we get closer to the race we really don't know how many people we're going to be be allowed to have in the race. Are we going to have to social distance, at start, or finish? Will we be having an Expo? Will be able to have a post race party? It's up in the air at this point in time unfortunately, we don't know."

If we go by the math, the Boston Marathon on October 11th, the cap is 20,000 runners, normally 35,000, so that is 57.14% of the normal cap number.

The Boilermaker normally caps the 15K race at 14,500 runners, so if race officials here kept to a similar 57.14% formula as Boston, we would see a cap of 9,666 runners come October 10th here in Utica.

Stasaitis says he hopes to have guidance by June 1st to make a cap decision, but ultimately he says the Boilermaker Committee needs to know the latest, by July 1st in order to make sure they have enough time to prepare appropriately.

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