Harroufi Outkicks Kamais To Win Boilermaker 15K

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 11, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 11, 2011 at 9:13 AM UTC
Ridouane Harroufi won his second Boilermaker 15K over the weekend. Photo:

Ridouane Harroufi won his second Boilermaker 15K over the weekend. Photo:

The Moroccan won his second title in three years.

The 34th edition of the Boilermaker Road Race came down to a sprint finish between past champion Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco and Peter Kamais of Kenya. The two were neck and neck with just 50 yards to go when Harroufi found his final gear to win in 43:30.

It was the second Boilermaker title for the Moroccan in three years. In the women’s division, Alice Timbilil of Kenya prevailed in 48:41. She had won the race in 2009.

A reported 13,000 runners started the race in Utica, New York, while approximately 11,000 runners finished it.

The race-day temperatures were ideal at 58 degrees, tying the Boilermaker low-temperature record that was set in 1984.

Tens of thousands of spectators lined the course to cheer the runners. One such enthusiast was Joanie Cardin. She had driven from Massachusetts to cheer on half a dozen family members who were taking part in the race. The entire family was running for her brother, Andy Green, who died of a work accident in Texas in May.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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