Getting up to be ready at 5:30 on a Sunday in October was a heck of a lot different last year, but we're back to another beautiful July day for the Boilermaker Road Race.

This world-renowned race is often referred to as the country's best 15K. The Boilermaker 15K is recognized for its entertaining yet challenging course and racing's best post-race party, hosted by the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.

According to unofficial results, Jemal Yimer Mekonnen, 25, of Ethiopia placed first overall with a time of 42 minutes and 38 seconds. Edwin Kimutai, 29, of Kenya, followed close behind with a time of 42 minutes and 40 seconds, according to unofficial results. The first placing female for the race was Rosemary Wanjiru, 27 years old of Kenya with a time of 48:54.

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We were hanging out at the start line pumping up the crowd and getting all the runners excited. We snapped some great photos in the process! Do you recognize anyone in these photos?

Boilermaker Start Line 2022

2022 also mark the first time in three years that the Professional Road Racing Organization Circuit, a series of non-marathon road racing events, will be able to hold a championship race. A total of seven registered will be eligible for the PRRO's $10,000 Super Bonus.

That includes last year's Boilermaker winners, Syracuse native Stephen Rathbun and New Hartford native Savannah Boucher.

If the Boilermaker champion comes from outside the group of seven athletes who have won a qualifying race, they will take home $2500 as the circuit champion in addition to the prize money being offered by the Boilermaker

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