If you want to come as close as you can to a guaranteed spot in the Boilermaker this year, Tim Reed says you just have to commit to raising a little cash.

The Boilermaker Charity Bib Program is back for the third year in a row, this time with a hefty goal of raising $250,000.   Last year $148,000 was generated for local non-profits through the program.

Twenty-one charities have been approved for this year.

Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media
Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media
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If one of our visions is to change people's lives within this community,...then the Charity Bib Program clearly fits into it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Says Reed, "If one of our visions is to change people's lives within this community...then the Charity Bib Program clearly fits into it."

Charity Bib participants must pledge to raise a minimum of $500, although some have set higher minimums.  There are 260 charity bibs designated for he 2015 race, although any runner is permitted to raise money for the participating charities.

Charities included this year run the gamut from young to well-established.  The judging committee, Reed says, had a difficult time narrowing the group down to fewer than two dozen charities.  The groups are all local.  "This money," Reed says, "isn't...going out to Timbuktu."

Approximately 18,500 runners are expected to register for this year's race and all, Reed says, are critical to their success.

For more information visit: boilermaker.com.