The Erie Canal Half Marathon started as The National Distance Running Hall of Fame Race and was established in 1999 by the Utica Roadrunners. In 2016, the race became the Erie Canal Half and the focus has shifted to celebrating Utica's rich history by showcasing its oldest and most exciting neighborhood, Bagg's Square, as well as the Erie Canal, the engineering marvel that put Utica on the map! The Erie Canal Race is a weekend event, kicking off with a kids' run on Saturday. The event is organized by the Boilermaker Road Race, which also puts on the world famous Boilermaker 15k in July. The 2018 edition of the Erie Canal Race has taken another major step, moving the finish line inside of the historic Adirondack Bank Center, home of the AHL's Utica Comets. The race will be followed by a post-race celebration with food, drink and of course Saranac beer!