Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Boilermaker countdown clock is ticking to even more excitement.

The big race just eleven days away. Boilermaker Executive Director Tim Reed says a very special race day guest who will help inspire runners.

Reed says "American Idol" and "Celebrity Rehab" star Nikki McKibbin will be "rocking with the run to the drums."

WIBX will provide full coverage of the 35th running of the Boilermaker which takes place on Sunday, July 8, 2012.