The Boilermaker Committee took a huge sigh of relief Monday, another race down in the books. They held their annual recap meeting and overall, aside from a weather scare, Boilermaker 37 was as successful as any other.
It was a year of records. The 37th Boilermaker sold out in record time and a record number of people crossed the finish line but for a moment, the fate of the race was uncertain.
"It was tight, I mean there's no doubt about it, it was tight,” said Tim Reed, President of the Boilermaker.
"The storm that could have hit us, for whatever reason it didn't, somebody was smiling down, but it didn't but it could have very easily,” said Lt. Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department.
Which is why race organizers made the call at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday to keep the race on but cut the post-party short.
"For us, we've got to try to not only protect all of those people there but get them out of there instead of gradually like it normally is it would have had to be all at one time which could have been catastrophic,” said Lt. Hauck.
The cloudy weather, although scaring the Committee a bit, was actually a huge advantage for runners.
"We had 152 patient encounters, 22 on the route, 104 in the medical tent, which is half of what we had last year, it was a great year with overcast, no direct sun,” said Dr. John DeTraglia, Medical Director of the race.
The Committee also discussed two issues that need fixing before next year. The first was race walkers.
"If we're having situations where we have people that are out on the course literally for hours, that's a problem, and once again we're going to have a conversation as to what's the best way to be able to handle that,” said Reed.
The other problem is registration.
"The idea of going with a first come first serve opening up for everything will probably not exist for the 2015 race,” said Reed.
Overall, Boilermaker 37 was not the sunniest but it certainly made the city shine.
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