Distance running legend and 1983 Boilermaker winner Bill Rodgers was at ECR International today ahead of Sunday's race..

Rodgers toured the plant to see how ECR boilers are made and to learn about the history of ECR International and their connection to the Boilermaker Road Race.

Rodgers compared the Boilermaker to the Boston Marathon.  He says it has the same feeling as Boston, but most other races don't have that feeling.  Rodgers say he thinks it's the people of Utica who make the race special.

Rodgers will be participating in the 15K as an honorary member of the ECR Corporate Cup team.

Dave Smith, WIBX