Runners Reflect on Boilermaker 2014

By Kody Fisher

Published 07/15 2014 06:15PM

Updated 07/18 2014 03:28PM

The runners Tuesday said the experience of running the boilermaker is like nothing else.  They said the feeling of accomplishment is the best part.


Before the boilermaker Eyewitness News showed you partially blind and blind runners preparing for the boilermaker.  Up until this year one of the runners, Bob Porter, only participated from the sidelines.


"I sit there and I watch the people go by and I say, ‘that’s on my bucket list, so this is my year,’" said Bob.


Now, bob said he feels like he showed  that visually impaired people can do anything.


“Wonderful that the community gets to know that people who have partial sight or even no sight are out there doing these things,” said Bob,” you know, we can do it too and it finally gave me a chance to do that bucket list item."


One of his blind running mates Rebecca Missig said the noise from the people on the side made things unexpectedly challenging.


“There’s some times some communication that was missed where I needed to do, because there was so much noise and cheering, but it was a lot of fun," said Rebecca.


Mayor Palmieri said that kind of fun is what shows what our community is made of.


“We may take for granted, but when you're talking with other people from other parts of the state and outside of the state saying what a great community you really have you feel proud," said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.


One of the visually impaired runners said it’s one of the best experiences of his life.


“If you never ran the boilermaker and you've thought about it I highly suggest it.  It’s an experience that you'll never forget," said Amos Ackerman.


The blind runners are just three of the record almost twelve thousand runners to cross the finish line.  They said all the fans cheering them on made all the difference.

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