Boilermaker runs on schedule despite weather threat

17-year old Kellam McKenna, from New Hartford, won the 5k Boilermaker. In the foreground, and holding the ribbon at the finish line, Earle Reed, who founded the race in 1978

The 2014 Boilermaker is history, and all the events happened, even the post-race party.

The weather predictions forced race organizers to put out an overnight advisory on the possibility of cancelling the after-race activities. But, at 5am they decided to go ahead as planned.

The 5K race drew 45-hundred runners, and 17-year old Kellam McKenna, from New Hartford, literally ran away with it, finishing a distant first with a 15:56 time. As is his tradition, Earle Reed, who founded the road race in 1978, was holding the ribbon across the finish line.

The 15k race was dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians among the 11, 893 finishers, with the best time for the 9.3 miles 44:43 Chris Hahn, who directs early morning news for CNYCentral, finished 887 (87 of 743 in his age division) .

Both races were sold out within minutes of registration opening last spring.

The real winner, the City of Utica, which gets publicity and an economic bump from the mid-July race.