With the field tentatively set for this year’s Boilermaker in a record three (wild) days I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the demographics of ‘the class of 2013’.
A number of factors that can change the look of this year’s field:
We have yet to register people for the Charity Bib program- that represents 200 bibs. We have yet to choose the charities but expect them to be chosen in late February with pledging starting in March.
The transfer bib policy. We will again be allowing the legal transferring of bibs to those ‘who can’t’ to those ‘who want’. Last year was our first year trying this out, heavily supported by social media such as Facebook. In 2012 we had 690 people transfer (535 for the 15k, 155 for the 5k). I suspect that due to the quick sellout of this year’s race that the transfer number will be higher this year. Sometimes those New Years resolutions just don’t happen. The expectation is the transfer policy will ‘go live’ in April.
The Three Mile Walk, this event is still open for registration (boilermaker.com) and will be right up to the day of the event. The Walk, to be held Saturday July 13th has returned to the Masonic Care Community.
Where are you from?
As you could imagine the vast majority of our runners come from The Empire State. In fact nearly 85% call New York home. Three of our boarder states have strong representation; Massachusetts (489), Pennsylvania (341) and New Jersey (183). Yet others, a bit farther away, bring large contingents- Virginia (197), Maryland (167), Florida (121) and North Carolina (112).
Then there are those states that really remind me of the reach of this event; California (48), Colorado (38), Nevada (27) and Oregon (12). Even the lightly populated state of South Dakota will have three runners toeing the line this year.
We truly are a local race with national swagger.
Presently there are three states not represented in the 36th Boilermaker; Wyoming, Montana and Hawaii. Perhaps the charity/ transfer process will get them in.
For those coming from outside the U.S., as always our friends up north, Canada, are the leaders with over 200 coming to Utica. Other countries currently represented are Japan, Poland, Belgium and The Federated States of Micronesia (a 607 island nation located south of Guam). Puerto Rico (a Commonwealth of the U.S.) will also be in attendance.
The international numbers will spike with the addition of the elite athletes.
For the second year in the row the women outnumber the men. While the men managed to hang onto the lead in the 15k 51.5% vs. 48.5% they were overwhelmed in the 5k with women representing 61% of the field. So overall the combined race totals now show 52.5% women, 47.5% men.
Again remember, roughly 4% of our field changed due to the transfer policy so these numbers are somewhat fluid.
When the field is finalized in June I’ll revisit the numbers and clue you in.