This year’s Boilermaker Road Race will be entirely different from past year’s races. The start date has been pushed back from the usual 2nd Sunday in July to the 2nd Sunday in October. A race that began with under 800 runners grew to more than 19,000, but Boilermaker officials are anticipating this year’s race to draw in around 7000 total, and the numbers aren’t the only thing missing. Boilermaker President Mark Donovan spoke about some of the changes.
"We will not have any invited elite athletes this year, nor will we have prize money. However we’re very excited for the potential for a non-professional, hopefully local. Can’t guarantee that because we do have people signed up from 41 States to come and participate, but we purposely did not put prize money out because we did not want to bring in some professionals looking for any amount of money."
You may also notice an absence that doesn’t cost money, but does add value to the race.
"From a volunteer perspective, we’ve obviously had a decent number of volunteers choose to opt out for their own personal safety. Just not comfortable being in a crowd, and we certainly understand that, but we’ve got plenty of volunteers to cover all the important aspects of the race."
Runners who do attend will likely be relieved with cooler temperatures, and will also have a little more time to sleep in.
"Both the 5K start and the 15K start are 15 minutes later than normal, so 7:30 for the 5K, and 8:15 for the 15K, and that is exclusively due to the later sunrise."
It’s not a guarantee, but one thing you can plan for is a grand finally.
"We are very excited and hopeful to have some very…having a typical fly-over, as well as some other unique things in the air.
October first is the cut-off date for registering to run the Boilermaker Road Race."