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Boilermaker Makes National News with Vivian White's Story

Aug. 13, 2009

August 13, 2009 (Utica, NY) —  The Boilermaker Road Race received national recognition this morning when Vivian White's story was aired on NBC's Today Show.

Last month, the Boilermaker decided to invite Vivian White to participate in the 15k road race.  She was attempting to log 6,436 miles, the distance from her hometown in Illinois to her son stationed in Kirkuk, Iraq.  Other Boilermaker runners were given the opportunity to donate their miles to her cause.  Meanwhile, Tammy Utley, who also had a son stationed overseas, had been communicating with White.  They each shared personal experiences, like pen pals, about their similar situations, both having sons fighting in the war.  When she heard about White's plan to run in Utica, Utley decided to drive from her home in Gowanda, NY to meet in person.

NBC had previously caught wind of White's mission and wanted to film for the Today Show, the American Story with Bob Dotson.  After learning about White's plan to run in the world-famous Boilermaker and the meeting between the two women, the crew arrived in central NY to film.

Dotson, Producer Laurie Singer, and the camera crew went to work.  They filmed narratives from Dotson, the meeting between the two women at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co., and various portions of the Boilermaker race, including the finish line as White crossed under the arches.

White will continue to run until her son, Brian, returns home safely.  To view the Today Show's story, click here. Viewers can read White's blog and donate their miles at milesforbrian.com