I'll be honest; when I ran the Boilermaker back in 2004 I had no idea what a "boilermaker" was. As far as I knew, a boil was something that developed on my foot as the result of too much running.

I did a little research because I wanted to learn the true definition. According to Merriam Webster, a boilermaker is

1.  A worker who makes, assembles, or repairs boilers.


2Whiskey with a beer chaser.

I had a feeling that our famous race didn't get its start 38 years ago from whiskey drinking, beer chasers; although that would be completely understandable considering the vast number of excellent bars and brew pubs in the area. As it turns out, the first definition is the accurate one.

Check out this captivating video about the Utica Boilermaker and what makes Utican's truly one of a kind!

Here are 5 intriguing facts about the Boilermaker out of a full 25 documented by WKTV:

 1. In 2011, illusionist Leon Entienne correctly predicted both the winners of the men’s and women’s 15K and their finishing times.

2. The hottest Boilermaker was a scorching 92 degrees on July 10, 1988.

3. 330 Porta Johns are used throughout the course.

4. Robert Duffy is the only Lieutenant Governor to run the 15K (2011.)

5. The Boilermaker uses just under 7,000 gallons of water during the race. 6973 gallons enough to fill 18,000 runners.

Check out WKTV.com's full list of Boilermaker facts.

Here's this morning's Just Jen!





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