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 and finishing INSIDE the Adirondack Bank Center, home of the AHL's Utica Comets, The race is followed by a post-race celebration right on the arena floor with food, drink and of course, Saranac beer for purchase! The Erie Canal Race is a weekend event, kicking off with a FREE kids' run on Saturday. The event is organized by the Boilermaker Road Race, which also puts on the world famous Boilermaker 15K every second Sunday in July. Proceeds from the event benefits the Save of the Day Foundation.