July 21, 2006
Utica, New York - When almost 9,000 runners took to the streets of Utica, New York on July 9th for the nation's largest 15K road race, they were doing so in memory of Loyola Marymount's Adam Bacon. The Boilermaker Road Race, an event Bacon had run five times, was dedicated to his memory after the LMU cross country captain was killed in an auto accident just weeks before he was to begin his senior season.
Bacon, who was born in Rhode Island and visited grandparents in New York, began running the annual road race when he was 17. Even after moving to California and joining the Lions' program, Bacon would return to Utica, New York for the annual race. He had already registered to run the 2006 Boilermaker when his life was tragically cut short.
Instead, the almost 9,000 participants ran in his memory this July, officially dedicating the 29th Annual Boilermaker to his memory.
To read the race dedication, click here.