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2008 Boilermaker 15k Road Race

Sunday, July 13, 2008 - Utica, New York

9770 Finishers included 7 Rebels. Due to injury, Megaphone was our awesome one-man support crew, functioning as coach, race photographer, cheerleader, and lodging coordinator.

Morning rains stopped just before race time and we all conquered the hilly course enroute to the spectacular post-race celebration.

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Slideshow photos by Megaphone w/Cutter's camera


Utica Observer-Dispatch headline and lead article 7/14/08:

All in the timing
Close wins for Ethiopians - Rain threatens, then stops - Chip system fails

Observer-Dispatch website

UTICA - Drama wasn't hard to come by in Sunday's 31st running of the Utica Boilermaker 15K Road Race.
- Early rainfall that stopped just in time for yet another precipitation-free run.
- Narrow wins by a pair of Ethiopians in the men's and women's races.
- The first time a New York governor has run the Boilermaker 15K.
- And a monumental timing snafu that will leave 2008's 9,770 finishers forever wondering exactly how fast they ran.

Amid the dizzying array of sights and sounds, proud Utica Mayor David Roefaro called Sunday's Boilermaker "the best one ever."
The mayor walked and ran the first mile before getting a ride to the finish line to greet the winners on a day that saw the second-largest number of finishers in Boilermaker history.

"It's amazing how much work goes into this," said Roefaro, who became mayor in January. Race officials called it the most dramatic Boilermaker finish ever with tight finishes in the men's and women's 15K races.

In the men's race, Ethiopia's Terefe Maregu, this year's winner of the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, defeated three competitors by a narrow margin. Maregu had veered off course yards from the finish when he followed the media truck instead of the race course.

Maregu finished the race in 44 minutes, 17 seconds. That was a far cry from the Boilermaker record of 42:54, set by Joseph Kimani in 1997.

Ethiopian Ashu Robo Kasim won the women's race in 50:39, pushed all the way by her competitors. It fell short of the record time, though, which is held by Catherine Ndereba who ran 48:06 in 2001...





Road Trip for Tuckin, Cutter & Tex

Tex relaxes    Cutter records    Tuckin drives
Tex relaxes - - - Cutter records - - - Tuckin drives

The Farm    The Farm
Boys at 'The Farm' (Ray's family place) - - - Cutter drinks Lackawack Hill spring water

The Farm    The Farm
Back Pond at the farm - - - Pine forest at the farm

The Farm    The Farm
PR mobile - - - Log house at the farm

The Farm    The Farm
St. Anthony says hello - - - The Outhouse (not your average port-a-pottie)

Boilermaker Expo    Boilermaker Expo
Boilermaker Expo

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Boilermaker Expo was hot!

View photos of post-race celebration

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