UTICA, N.Y. - While the coronavirus pandemic is shutting down many of the options for physical activity (sports halted, gyms closed, etc.), officials for the Boilermaker Road Race have remained optimistic that this year's event will not be affected.
"As of today we have the benefit of time on our hands that many other races in the country have not," said Boilermaker Road Race president, Mark Donovan. "The Boston marathon obviously in early April, that is not going to happen."
One such event in the area that has been affected is the Fort to Fort Runs, a 5k, 10k and Fun Run put on annually by the Roman Runners.
Benefiting The Rome Historical Society, this year was to be the 33rd. Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 29, it has now been cancelled and all registered participants will be refunded automatically within 5-7 business days.
With the Boilermaker still being intended to run according to plan, now is the time that normally runners would begin to map out their training regimens.
However, via their Facebook pages, those local organizations are encouraging runners to get out and train on their own, share training selfies or stories to stay connected and are even providing training recommendations.
For some, the entire race can be simulated from the comfort of home.
"If you have a treadmill you can get the Boilermaker course from outsideinteractive.com," Donovan added. "You can run that course at your own leisure and at your own pace in the safety of your basement."
Race officials and employees are closely monitoring the fluid conditions surrounding the outbreak, but are still committing towards preparing to run the 43rd Boilermaker Road Race as scheduled.
"We are optimistic in our planning efforts," said Donovan. "We will be ready for July 12 and if the health department from the state and our local officials feel the situation is clear, we are going to be ready for our usual big party and a great time."