race time, weather and more

The Boilermaker Road Race is back for the summer and starts this morning. Get the latest updates on weather, road closures and who will win this year’s race here:

Big shoes to fill that Boilermaker

While a 9.3 mile run through Utica is a big feat for anyone, Lorenzo Beronilla may have the biggest feet of them all. The Saugerties resident and actor known for winning the ‘Top Chef Amateurs’ cooking competition will wear a set of 24-inch ‘feet’ to represent an individual’s carbon footprint during the 15k run.

“People don’t realize how much of an impact your individual carbon footprint, everyone’s collective carbon footprint, has on climate change,” Beronilla said.

This will be Beronilla’s first race, but he is an avid runner and former professional tennis player, he said. He will represent NYS Clean Heat, a program run by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

— Noah Ram

Race start times and locations

The Boilermaker’s 9.3-mile 15K starts at Culver Avenue near Beechgrove Place. The 3.1-mile 5K starts at the Burrstone Road Bridge near York Street, and the wheelchair starts at the same location as the 15K. All races end at the FX Matt/Saranac Brewery. Here are the departure times:

  • 7:15 a.m.: Utica National 5K Run
  • 7:45 a.m.: Sitrin wheelchair race
  • 8 a.m.: 15 km road race
  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Saranac Post Race Party

Time

The National Weather Service’s latest forecast for Binghamton shows cool temperatures in the low 50s overnight, with clear skies and a high of 79 on Sunday. What if you run the 15K? Stay warm before the start of the race in the cooler hours of the morning and take advantage of shade and water points on hot, sunny days, advise runners and race officials.

Road closures and where to look

The 15-mile course closes to traffic at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, with some portions closing even earlier, Utica police said. Here are the roads that will be closed:

  • 15K start line road closures (5:30 a.m.):
    • Route 5S westbound at the Culver Avenue ramp
    • Avenue Dwyer
    • Beechgrove Gilbert Place to Florence Street
    • Culver Avenue north of Bleecker Street
  • Road closures on the 5K start line (5:30 a.m.):
    • Routes 12/8/5 to Burrstone Road (all entrances and exits)
    • Burrstone Road from Sunset Avenue to Old Burrstone Road
  • Finish line closures (2am):
    • Court Street from Schuyler to Fay Street
    • Varick Street
    • Columbia Street from Varick to Schuyler Street
    • Whitesboro Street from Lafayette to Schuyler Street
    • Lafayette Street west of Varick Street

Some intersections will remain open and police will assist with crossings. Here are the roads whose intersections with the route will remain open to cross-traffic until 6:30 a.m.:

  • Welshbush Road
  • Albany Street
  • sherman walk
  • Oneida Street
  • Rue Genesee
  • Avenue Campbell (until 6:45 a.m.)

For those watching the race, some of the best spots include FT Proctor Park, Overlook Point at Roscoe Conkling Park and Donovan Stadium.

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Shuttle service

5K runners can park at the ConMed building at the intersection of Chenango and French roads and take the shuttle to the start line between 6 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. The shuttle service for the 15K will run from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and will pick up runners on Court and State streets near the finish line and on Whitesboro Street behind the post-race party at FX Matt/Saranac Brewery.

public safety

To stay safe on race day, Utica Police advised the following:

  • Weapons and fireworks are prohibited at all venues on race day
  • Avoid bringing bags, backpacks, coolers, packages or parcels – all luggage is subject to search by police or security before entering the site; for runners, these can be transported in a clear plastic bag via the race baggage truck
  • Drones and unmanned aircraft are prohibited at all venues on race day
  • Due to a heavy canine presence at Boilermaker sites, Utica police have requested that dogs not be brought to the post-race party
Runners descend The Parkway during the 44th Annual Boiler Road Race, October 10, 2021 in Utica, NY

After-race party

The famous Boilermakers post-race party is back and open to the public this year. Located on the grounds of the FX Matt/Saranac Brewery at 811 Edward Street, it will start at 8 a.m. to accommodate 5k runners and continue until noon. The free event includes live music, Saranac beer and soft drinks, food and more.

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