"A defining moment in this community each year and an event that does define the community," says Antony Picente.
Picente is of course talking about the Boilermaker. OnThursday, the committee discussed road closures you may see this busy weekend.
"By 6:30, the entire course will be closed. There will be a couple cross streets available, Welshbush Road, Sherman Drive, Albany Street, Oneida Street, where you can cross over into the inner part of the course. But you really should after 6:30, stay off the course," says Jim Stasaitis, Boilermaker Committee.
And there are some smarter parking options.
"They should get off at the Culver street exit and make there way to a parking area there, or better yet travel down to Deike Road or get off at Deike road, find the D'orio building or the old C.P. Building down there, ample parking down there, and just walk to the start line from there," says Stasaitis.
And after the race is over - one law firm is providing a free taxi service in an effort to make sure Boilermaker runners get home safely
"And that's why our law firm is going to make sure that anyone that needs a ride after the boilermaker, maybe they've been served too much, we will provide transportation," says Louis Brindisi, Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi, Pearlman & Pertz Law Firm.
And these aren't the only changes - this will be the first year Mohawk Valley Community College is hosting the Expo. The campus will open to an anticipated 30,000 people tomorrow.
The entire Boilermaker Course will be closed off during the race.
Some areas will still be open such as Welshbush Road, Sherman Drive, Albany Street, and Oneida Street where you can cross over but officials say after 6:30 you should really stay off the course.
Other places closed are near the 5k Start and Faxton St. Luke's Hospital (Burrstone Road) which will be closed due to the 5K. The exit ramp getting on to Burrstone Road will be closed in both directions, getting on and off the arterial will be closed by 5:30-6am.
There will be limited access on the Turner St exit. Parking near the start line is not encouraged except for shuttle bus drop-offs and runner drop offs. For those needing to park, officials urge people to travel down to Dyke Road and find a parking lot there and walk to the start line.
And most importantly they say? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.