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About Running in Upstate New York



Upstate New York has a thriving running community. Although we have long and cold winters, enthusiasm for running is high and the runners are dedicated. Central New York boasts one of the nations largest and best 15K road race in nation, The Boilermaker, where more than 14,000 runners including the world's most elite, and 50,000 fans come to race each July. From the hottest humid dog days of summer through to the deepest snows and coldest days of winter, New York's hardy runners get out there and enjoy the great sport of running.


WE HAVE The E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational held annually on the last Saturday in September in Central New York. E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational The East Utica Optimist Club is the proud sponsor of the E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational. 2012 marked the 70th edition of the meet. The meet was initiated by Mr. Edward J. Herrmann, a physical education teacher and coach at Proctor High School. It was called the Proctor Invitational until the Utica City School District, sole sponsor of the meet from 1941 until 1989, ceased patronage. In 1990, the East Utica Optimist Club decided to resurrect the meet. It is now the 2nd oldest meet in New York State. This year 1500 athletes, representing 30-40 school districts, are expected to participate by running in one of the 10 scheduled events at Proctor Park. If you would like to volunteer to work at the meet, become a sponsor, or join the East Utica Optimist Club, please visit the EJ Herrmann Invitational website for more information.


WE HAVE The National Distance Running Hall of Fame established in Utica, NY in 1998 to honor the sport of distance running and the premier athletes in the field. Every other year during Boilermaker weekend the Hall inducts a selected group of distance runners who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of distance running. Past inductees include Mary Decker Slaney, Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, Grete Waitz, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Frank Shorter, Kathrine Switzer, and one of Utica's favorite people, Bill Rodgers a frequent Boilermaker runner. Bill writes in his own blog, "July 11th I raced an old favorite of mine and for thousands (ten to be close!) the Utica Boilermaker 15K in 53:10. This is a MAJOR RACE. Big in every way, from fan support along the course to the band at the finish to the competitive field." A stroll through the Hall of Fame is like taking a walk back in time. You will see all of the legends of the sports and much of their equipment and memorabilia on display. There are numerous pictorials, memorabilia displays, and award exhibits to read, reflect on, and learn from. Although a small city, Utica, N.Y. was selected because it is the home of The Boilermaker and has strong community support for the sport of running. Visit the Hall of Fame's Official Website.


WE HAVE The Utica Boilermaker 15K. The largest and best 15K road race in the nation that ends in a brewery parking lot where the largest and best post-race party happens.Go Here, Nuff Said!


WE HAVE America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk. Just like most events in Utica, when we do it, we do it BIG. The Heart Run & Walk is one of the largest fund raising events for the American Heart Association each year. Thousands of people turn out in the middle of winter to run, walk, and raise funds for the AHA. Each year the people of the Utica area raise over 1 million dollars for the American Heart Association. It's a great time and fun is usually had by all. There are various distance runs associated with the event but the heartiest folks try the 18-mile run that starts way up in Barneveld, NY at the crack of dawn. Here is the link to the event's website if you'd like to Read More.


This website is designed to be a fun and useful online interactive resource for Upstate New York runners to find upcoming road races in their area and also for running clubs to post their running calendar online to get more exposure for their races.


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