One of Central New York's most famous road race will honor America's most famous marathon.
Utica's Boilermaker road race plans a blood drive in cooperation with the Red Cross to remember the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombing. Boilermaker president Tim Reed almost 600 pints of blood were used on the bombing's over 260 wounded. Reed says the harsh winter also kept many people indoors, which has reduced the area's blood supply.
The blood drive will be Friday, April 25, at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Genesee Street in Utica from 11AM to 4PM. Reed says everyone who volunteers to donate will receive a Boilermaker pint glass and a chance to win one of two free entries to the race. It was closed to new entries just hours after opening. Red Cross officials say walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.