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Boilermaker 2014 Countdown Hits Halfway Mark

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Boilermaker Road Race and we're just six months away from Utica’s biggest event of the year. With close to 19 thousand runners and even more spectators the halfway mark means crunch time for race organizers.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Boilermaker Road Race and we're just six months away from Utica’s biggest event of the year. With close to 19 thousand runners and even more spectators the halfway mark means crunch time for race organizers.
The Boilermaker board is excited and anxious as we get closer and closer to July 13th. Race coordinators say most people have no idea how much planning truly goes into the event, in fact, they say the process started six months ago, the day after boilermaker 2013.
"Really, it's a year-round job, with all the staff we have here in the office and all of our directors and committee people,” says Race Director Jim Stasaitis.
This year-round job has reached the halfway point. Organizers say they're right on track in their planning process.
"Right now, we're working on permits with the state, with the city, we're working on all sorts of security things after Boston last year, we have security meetings monthly, we're just getting things ready,” said Stasaitis.
"All of our sponsors we have to have in place well before the race happens, lots of meetings are taking place in terms of volunteers and things like that,” says Tim Reed, President of the Boilermaker Road Race.
Over six thousand volunteers devote their time to the race every year. The directors say organizing the volunteers is their next focus.
"Probably within in the next month we'll be sending out all of the volunteer lists that we've got all coordinated now,” said Stasaitis.
On top of all the planning that goes into the race, organizers are also dealing with moving locations. They're putting their headquarters in the R.J. Nudo building on Court Street.
"It’s got a lot of room, a lot of it's got a real lot of positives to us but you know, now we're going to have to deal with moving out of one place and into another,” said Reed.
While the six month point marks crunch time for the Boilermaker crew, it also sparks a sense of urgency in runners. Some say it's time to get serious with their training
"Lord knows I probably need to train a little bit more but I do train, I actually just joined a fitness group," said Heather Delia from Utica.
"Train all year, you eat right, you work out, you do the right things throughout the year when it comes time to the Boilermaker you're ready,” said Frank Elias, a seasoned Boilermaker runner.
Elias has been running the road race since 1990 and says it's all for the love of his community.
"It’s the community involvement, it's the community event and for this event, it's probably bigger than Christmas in our area,” says Elias.
The only major change we'll see this year is a later registration date. In previous years registration opened right now at the six month mark but this year they pushed the date back until March 22nd to prevent no-shows.

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