UTICA, N.Y. —- It’s a decision that wasn’t made lightly. On Monday, Race President Mark Donovan announcing that the 2020 Boilermaker Road Race will be postponed until September 13th.
The decision was made in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty of where things may stand come July.
In a virtual press conference, Donovan stated the decision could bring some logistical challenges.
“We will also be spending the requisite time to working on the balance of logistics involved and determining what we may or may not be able to do in terms of the other typical boilermaker events,” said Donovan.
The events he referred to are the Boilermaker Health Expo and the Kids Run. The challenge being college would be in session at the time of both events.
“Obviously MVCC is back in session we will be working with them to see if that’s feasible. We’ve been in touch with Utica National about the Kid's Run. At the end of the day, once we take care of our runners that are registered, we now have the time to go look at those things. So nothing is off the table but this could very well be a rare and very different Boilermaker on many regards,” said Donovan
Boilermaker officials gave currently registered and perspective runners a list of choices going forward.
-Run the race at the new date.
-Defer their race fee to next year and be removed from the field.
-Receive a refund.
-Or donate to the Boilermaker to help offset costs.
Runners have until April 30th to make a decision. On May 1st registration for the 2020 race will continue.
There is also a category of runners that may not start at all. According to Mark Donovan, they will not have an Elite running category. But Donovan said that it doesn’t mean they won’t come.
As for the prize money, Donovan said that their will still be a winning prize. Last year, over a hundred thousand dollars was given out in prize money. As for this year, Donovan said the amount depends on the number of registrations and what the organization can afford.
“Whether we like it or not we remain at the mercy of this pandemic. This is still very critical In our efforts to stop the spread and we must resist the urge to review any slight drop it in case numbers as an "all clear,” said Donovan.
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