The 40th annual Utica Boilermaker Road Race is history and won by Silas Kipruto of Kenya. Kipruto beat the defending Boilermaker champion, Teshome Mekonen, by two seconds. Mary Wacera of Kenya won the women’s competition, also by a two second margin.
Kipruto, who finished seventh in last year’s Boilermaker, completed the 15 kilometers this year in 43:55. Wacera finished 28th overall in a time of 49:18. The top local finisher was Zakaria Adam Djouma of Uticam, who finished 21st with a time of 47:44.
Daniel Romanchuk, of Illinois, successfully defended his Wheelchair title, navigating the 15K course in 33:05, four seconds better than last year’s winning time.