- 9 miles/15K
- Road Race
I crossed another one off the life list.
I got my first real taste of running in 2001 while working as a sports intern for the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y. Going in, I had no idea that running was the thing to do in this part of the world. But I learned quickly — one of my first assignments was to cover a 5K — and soon began to run myself.
The biggest event in Utica — not just running, I mean event, period — is the Boilermaker Road Race. With 14,000 runners annually, it is one of the largest and longest-running 15Ks in the world. It draws elite athletes from around the world and thousands of local runners who go for the hills and stay for the post-race party at F.X. Matt Brewery.
Twelve years later, I can call myself a Boilermaker finisher. All I can say is, the event from top to bottom was as good as advertised.