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On Sunday, July 14th the Team at Mountainside Medical gathered together once again with the Utica Firefighters Friends and Family Association to help cool and quench the thirst of the runners and wheelchair racers at the Utica Boilermaker. Jacki Thibault and her group were gracious enough to let us help them out once again!
Mountainside had quite a few runners of their own including Martin Zarnock Jr (VP), Brian Cooley (Business Development), Brett Barnum (Accounting) and Mike Shaughnessy (Video Production). Everyone ran a good race and was excited to participate in the event. It was Marty and Brian's first time running the race and they did so in 1:43:18 and 2:09:07 respectively, while Brett and Mike ran a 1:18:10 and a 1:58:24 race. Everyone did an excellent job and looked great as they ran by our volunteer station around mile 6 on that hot, hot day.
The appreciation received from the runners for the volunteers was overwhelming as we stood by cheering on and encouraging the racers to continue through the heat to the finish. Boilermaker racers finished down on Varick St by the Saranac Brewery for some well-deserved food, drink and celebrating. Officials from the event even had a Boilermaker camera crew standing by throughout the race and at the finish taking shots of runners, volunteers and spectators - check out the Boilermaker website to see if you made the album!
This year, security was visibly increased as this was one of many events following the Boston Marathon Bombings. As Boilermaker officials advertised, there was an increased police presence and even hidden
officials on the lookout for foul play. Our team leader was very diligent in making sure to have all us volunteers fill out a safety waiver prior to race.
Mountainside Medical Equipment would like to extend a big congratulations to the runners of the Utica Boilermaker this year, and and to Jacki, our volunteer coordinator, for a great event. We would also like to thank all those responsible for making Sunday safe for everyone involved. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the event!