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My CAN-ETH-KEN Games 15km

July 13, 2015

Going into the Utica Boilermaker 15km I knew it was going to be tough just to crack the top 10. In 2009 I finished 8th and was happy with that result. The field looked really deep this year but I really wanted to improve on 8th and shoot for top 5. I ended up 8th again and ran 44:34, 45 seconds faster than 6 years ago.

Once again it was hot on race day however this time I fully understood the nature of the hill from 4.5 to 6.5km. I knew if I wanted a shot at top 5 that I needed to be in the mix at the top of the hill. There was a pack of about 15 going into the hill and by the top the group was splintered and I was in 6th place. On the downhill I lost a few places and was 10th by the bottom.

I underestimated the guys I broke on the hill and figured I would catch them again once it flattened out. That didn’t go as planned. They were running in a pack and I was chasing alone. On a couple of occasions one guy would fall off and I would pass him. In the final kilometre I was closing-in but it was too little too late. Perhaps I got within 5-6 seconds of them but lost a little in the last bit when they kicked for the line.

The race reminded me of when I used to start a track season and be able to chop off a good chunk of time from my first outing. Being in that unfamiliar zone I found myself not knowing how hard I could actually press. It’s a good place to be in right now, although it makes me want to race another shorter race. I was tempted to race again soon but, it’s time to start increasing the volume and looking towards a Fall marathon.

The Utica Boilermaker is a really fun race. Located in upstate NY about an hour East of Syracuse the race attracts 17,000 runners. The race finishes by Saranac Brewery and there is a massive party afterwards with over 10,000 people. They conduct the awards in between music acts on a stage in back of the brewery. The whole race sees big, enthusiastic crowds lining the roads. Check it out one year if you haven’t yet.

1 Eliud Ngetich 43:31 4:41 Kenya
2 Lani Rutto 43:59 4:44 Kenya
3 Belete Assefa 44:01 4:44 Ethiopia
4 Teshome Mekoen 44:07 4:44 Ethiopia
5 Isaac Mukundi Mwangi 44:24 4:46 Kenya
6 Yitayal Atanfu 44:25 4:46 Ethiopia
7 Mengistu Tabor Nebsi 44:26 4:46 Ethiopia
8 Reid Coolsaet 44:34 4:47 Canada
9 MacDonard Ondara 44:57 4:50 Kenya
10 Linus Chumba 45:11 4:51 Kenya
11 Fernando Cabada 45:13 4:51 USA
12 Masakazu Fujiwara 45:15 4:52 Japan
13 Moses Kipkosgei 45:20 4:52 Kenya
14 Solmon Deksisa 45:50 4:55 Ethiopia
15 Gilbert Kiptog Chepkwo 46:15 4:58 Kenya
16 Ahmed Osman 46:17 4:58 USA
17 Ryosuke Fukyama 46:24 4:59 Japan
18 Tyler McCandless 46:38 5:01 USA
19 Ryan J. Place 47:03 5:03 Cambridge MA
20 Nicolo S. Filippazzo 47:13 5:04 Wantagh NY

Massive crowds!



Strava link

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On the way to Utica I stopped at Green Lake for a run on the sweet trails and a dip in the lake.


I’m digging the new Vazee Pace. I was worried at first because this shoe is replacing my go-to trainer, the 890. It feels close enough that it’s a an easy switch. The thing I notice the most is there is more room in the forefoot, which I don’t care for but am already used to. I know a few guys who wear out the forefoot of the 890 who will be happy to see that update.


  1. July 14, 2015 3:27 pm

    Nice race Reid! Looking forward to following your progress towards Rio. Bill

  2. July 26, 2015 4:00 pm

    Hey Reid,

    Do you have an affiliate link for the Vazee Pace?



  3. July 27, 2015 9:19 am

    I just purchased using that link. Thanks!

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