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. The course is an out-and-back with much of the route along the scenic Erie Canal, the engineering marvel that put Utica on the map before returning to Bagg's Square. Due to COVID protocols, the 2021 Erie Canal Race will sadly forego its popular format of finishing inside the Adirondack Bank Center for a post-race celebration. This year, the event will focus on putting runners back on the race course TOGETHER, with the start and finish taking place outside the Adirondack Bank Center on Whitesboro Street. Runners will receive their medal, hydration, snacks and then be sent on their way. Awards will be mailed to recipients once the final results have been tallied. The Boilermaker looks forward to resuming the beloved format of this race in 2022.