Corporate Cup Winners Announced, Three Charities awarded Prize Money

(Aug. 5, 2009)

August 5, 2009 (Utica, NY) —  The Corporate Cup Competition for the Boilermaker Road Race announced its winners for the 2009 event at the award ceremony which took place July 29 at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co.  Three charities were also selected to receive prize money.

The Corporate Cup Competition provides a vehicle for the mainstream, non-elite runners to have a competition within the world class event. Employees, representation their companies, race in the 15k and try to clock the fastest cumulative times.  There are divisions for small, medium, and large businesses as well as women's, co-ed, and master's teams, so that every team has a chance against similar competition.  There were more than 700 Corporate Cup participants and 71 total teams.

The following were the winners in each designated category: Male-Small division: Sneakers Store, Holland Patent Central School, and the New Hartford Police Team Corr.  Male-Medium: Special Metals, ECR International, Orion Bus – Daimler Bus North America.  Male-Large: New York State Police, BMPC – KAPL, Lockheed Martin Syracuse/Utica.  Female: Lockheed Martin Syracuse/Utica, NYS Comptroller, New York State Police.  Coed-Small: Tutto Italiano Team, New Hartford Central School, Stockbridge Valley Central School.  Coed-Medium: Utica National Insurance, Marcy Correctional Facility, Utica College.  Coed-Large: Bassett Healthcare, National Grid, St. Elizabeth Medical Center.  Master's: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Indium Corporation of America, NYS Comptroller.

Each company also selected a charity.  From those selections, a random drawing picked three who will receive a $500 award and include the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, Rome Memorial Hospital, and Foothills Rural Community Ministry.

"It is wonderful to have an event that provides competitive fun, camaraderie amongst company workers, and builds community spirit," said Cosmo Castellano, coordinator of the Corporate Cup.  "In addition, the ability to give something back to the community is just icing on the cake."

The event was sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

"The Corporate Cup Competition is a natural fit for our health plan," said Eve Van de Wal, regional president of Excellus BlueCross Cross BlueShield.   "It gives us the opportunity to promote health and fitness among our region's companies, while also supporting non-profit organizations that share our mission of improving the overall health of our community."

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