34 years ago earl reed unveiled the first boilermaker road race. One of the original boilermaker runners is Butch Custodero. At the age of 30 Butch decide to participate in the first race. "After I got out of college I ran a little bit, did other things but as I've gotten older I run a little more. It's more jogging now, I wouldn't call it running per se it's putting one foot in front of the other."
To run every boilermaker is an extraordinary achievement and butch says the atmosphere of the race is what brings him back year after year. "The race itself is just so much fun and such a joy to be in and people encourage you the whole way to finish. It's unlike any other race I've ever been in."
After 34 Boilermakers one of butch's favorite memories is a tradition he has with family. "I ran it with my family and my daughters run it every year and my wife has run it a couple of times, all five of us have run together. And it's becomes a great family event, we always have a Boilermaker party with my brother in laws and our families and my daughters friends and we have a great time with it."
Butch recently had a hip resurfacing but that won't stop him from running this year or in the future. "I started running them and then I didn't stop, it wasn't a conscience decision, now I don't want to give it up and see how long I can do it."