Boilermaker Road Race appoints new president

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UTICA — The Boilermaker Road Race has announced the appointment of a new president, Mark Donovan, an area businessman and Mohawk Valley resident of 23 years.

The announcement comes nearly a year after longtime race president Tim Reed’s retirement last summer, and only a month before this year’s Boilermaker Sunday.

Race founder Earle Reed announced Donovan’s appointment on June 6, assuring the community he and his organization had “got the guy.”

“We got a man who’s got corporate ability,” Reed explained, “he’s eager to learn and wants to work in the race.”

Reed added that Donovan shares his passion for continuing the legacy of the Boilermaker as a staple of local tradition.

Donovan began his remarks by thanking Reed for “setting a high bar” for the race going forward, as well as Boilermaker staff for their help and support in the transition.

Originally from Albany, Donovan has worked in the commercial insurance and medical device industries, in addition to providing marketing strategies.

This experience complements the role, says Donovan. “We don’t need another race director. We need someone else to help with expanding and engagement,” he explained.

“The last thing that team needs,” Donovan said, referring to the race organizers, “is for me to start questioning things.

“Going into this year’s race, my goal is to experience it from the inside,” he added.

Echoing Reed’s words, Donovan asserted that the Boilermaker is “more than just a race.” He cited the impact on local morale the event had when he first arrived to Utica in the mid 1990s, which saw the closure of several major area employers.

Donovan’s appointment comes on the heels of an unusually slow year for race registration, with the participation cap for both the 5K and the 15K being reached just this month. The 41st Boilermaker 15K road race will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 8. The 5k begins at 7:15 a.m. Runners still interested in participating may add their names to a first-come, first-served waiting list. For information on the waiting list or on the charity bib program, visit boilermaker.com or contact rebecca@boilermaker.com.

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