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Boilermaker Holds Tree Planting Ceremony, Another Going Green Effort

May. 19, 2009

May 19, 2009 (Utica, NY) — As part of its recent "Going Green" initiative, the Boilermaker Road Race, with the City of Utica, has planted a young Autumn Blaze Maple tree along the 15k course. The planting ceremony took place on Monday, May 18 within the Valley View Golf Course, near the 4.5 mile mark of the track.

The tree will help recognize the road race's efforts to be more environmentally conscious as it moves towards a greener standard. Tim Reed, executive director, Jim Stasaitis, race director, David Lupinski, director of recycling, and David Roefaro, mayor of Utica, were present for the event.

In 2008, Boilermaker events generated nearly 13 tons of solid waste, trash and recyclables.  Thus, they have initiated a campaign to offset the amount wasted while going green.  "The 12 ft. maple will add to our conservation goals and will be seen by both runners and spectators," said Reed. "It symbolizes our organization's positive efforts.  Meanwhile, this is an ideal location placed within Valley View's beautiful campus."

A new tree will be planted each year at various locations along the course to continue the new tradition.  Other environmental endeavors include compositing oranges at the Post-Race Party, using organic cotton materials for sponsor shirts, and reusing signs, banners and registration boxes.