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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