Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Boilermaker 2013 Closed

After just 4 short days, registration for the 2013 Boilermaker 15k is closed. 

2012 Boilermaker
Over the past 8 years, I have been a frequent participant in this 15k race that is held in the middle of July and boosts the largest crowds and best spectators along with beer at the finish line.  In fact, in the last 8 years I have run 7 Boilermaker races.  In 2011 the race sold out before I could register.

This year as the date to start registering approached I wasn't sure I was going to sign up.  It was barely January and my summer calender was already pretty booked up due to FOUR weddings.  The weekend that the Boilermaker was scheduled for - July 13th/14th, was the only weekend I had left free in July.  And the two weekends previous to the race was the first two of the four weddings.

Wow, just sounds tiring. 

I also worried that a bridal shower of one of the remaining weddings would be scheduled on the weekend of the Boilermaker and then that would just cause problems.  Of the two final weddings, I am a bridesmaid in one and so I knew I would need to be available even with my crazy summer schedule. 

And that is how I came to decide to not sign up for the Boilermaker this year.  I didn't think the race would fill up that fast; thankfully all my friends who regularly run it with me were able to register in time and get a spot in the race.
2010 Boilermaker
If you haven't heard of the Boilermaker race, I strongly suggest looking into it.  This race was the race that really got me addicted to running.  It is one of the best race experiences I have had and there are just so many people - runners and spectators. 

And just for fun, check out this awesome horrible photo of me from my first Boilermaker. Now that is a good death face.

2005 Boilermaker

For Further reading....
Boilermaker 2008 Race Report
Boilermaker 2009 Race Report Part 1 and Part 2
Boilermaker 2010 Race report
Boilermaker 2012 Race report


Kim said...

Good for you for choosing to keep that weekend free and not having a crazy hectic summer! Well, not adding any more to your crazy hectic summer. Four weddings?! Geesh!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think you made the right decision in deciding not to do it. You have such a packed summer that is probably already feeling over-planned. Adding something else might have pushed you over the edge. It's tough to be reasonable and say no to things sometimes when you want to do them so badly! Hopefully you can do it next year!

Anonymous said...

I love this race- my friends and I did this for my 30th birthday and we had such a great time. It seems to sell out faster and faster every year!

Anonymous said...

You are a good friend for not running this race! I hope your friends know how much that means!

Anonymous said...

You are a good friend for not running this race! I hope your friends know how much that means!

Joanne said...

Good choice. You can now enjoy the important events that weekend.
Unfortunately, I missed the sign up. Thought I had a LEAST a week. NOT! Oh well. Maybe I can get a bib somewhere. It's a great race and I hate to miss it.