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Rome’s Hoffman aims for personal best in Boilermaker 15K

Nine times Jordon Hoffman has finished in the top 100 at the Boilermaker Road Race 15K. This year, the 31-year-old Roman is aiming for a personal best — a time under 50 minutes.

The member of the Roman Runners was 10th in the 2021 race, which was a rare opportunity for local runners to achieve top finishes because the elite runners were not there for the first in-person version since the COVID-19 pandemic started. But his best time was 50:39 in 2015.

“I think I’m in pretty good shape this year. I definitely feel — based on past races I’ve done — to do what I want to do this year,” said Hoffman. He said he’s been “getting in as many miles as I can with my work schedule and racing at local races for my speed workouts.” This year his preparations have been a little different because he was training for his first Boston Marathon. That result was a time of 2:48:19, good for 1,521st overall. “I’m extremely happy. A marathon is not really my type of race that I want to go fast at. I don’t think my body is built for that.” He said it was also a learning experience and a new challenge to learn that course.

He won the 35th annual Fort to Fort 10K in Rome in early April in a time of 33:03. That was a couple weeks before Boston.

Hoffman said he’s prepared for rain, which the forecasts show could show up. He runs in the rain as a way to prepare for less-than-ideal race day conditions. It also rained in Boston, he noted.

As for the course’s challenges, “Typically the toughest part for me and the only part I dread of that entire course would have to be Burrstone Road up to Utica University. It’s not even a tough part but that steady incline there always kicks my butt.”

Then there’s the one new factor that’s been threatening to outright cancel the race: dangerous air quality levels. “If it’s bad Sunday it could make things tougher,” he said. “No matter how I feel that day,” if the air is not good, “I’m not going to push myself to potentially harm myself.”

One thing he has to help is moral support. Hoffman has a few cheering sections along the course. His mother and sister are always watching from near the finish line. Other family members are stationed around mile five and there are more around Utica University.

“It’s always a good year, a good time for it,” he said of the race. “It’s an exciting thing to see people from all over coming to Central New York for one of the best known 15Ks in the U.S.”

(07/08/2023) Views: 340 ⚡AMP
by Steve Jones
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Boilermaker 15k

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