Utica Roadrunners Board of Directors Candidates, Fall 2012
Below are the bios of the candidates for the club’s Board of Directors. The candidates are
listed alphabetically. There are six open seats for terms of two years (2013 through 2014).
All club members in good standing are asked to vote for their top six choices. Ballots
may be cast by mail or in person at the club’s annual business meeting scheduled for
Monday, November 12 at 6 PM at the Saranac 1888 Tavern on Court Street. Remember,
these are the individuals that will help guide the future of your club.
Cory Battles started running on the Adirondack high school cross country team and ran
cross country and track at MVCC. Cory moved to Utica in 2003. After years of only
running the Boilermaker off and on, he got back into competitive running in 2009,
culminating in a breakout 2012 where he set new PRs in every distance from the 5K
(17:49 at Honor America Days) to the Half-Marathon (1:24:40 3rd place finish at Delta
Lake). Cory also ran a 57:47 personal best in the 2012 Boilermaker, his 10th year
running it. He will be running his first marathon this fall and is targeting a Boston
qualifying time. Cory is the admin for the Utica Roadrunners Facebook page and is
excited to start taking a more active role with the club!
Doreen Camerona joined the Utica Roadrunners in January 2008 and began training for
her first Boilermaker. Two years later she retired from her job at Metlife and began
volunteering for the club. Now she is a current member of the board of directors and
serves as coordinator of volunteers for certain events such as the 20 week long
Wednesday Development Run series. Outside of the club, Doreen volunteers her time to
the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, the Stanley Theater and at her church parish for many of
their annual functions. Doreen looks forward to continued service to the club.
Dennis Johnson has been a member of the Utica Roadrunners for 24 years and is proudly
running for a position on the club's Board of Directors. During his years as a club
member Dennis has run hundreds of races ranging in distance from two miles to the
marathon. More recently, he has been racing in triathlons. He believes that volunteering
is a very important part of being a member of the Utica Roadrunners, saying “There
wouldn’t be a club or any races if there weren’t any volunteers”. Over the years he has
volunteered at many area races and has been serving as the race equipment manager for
many years. Currently, he is the race director of the Summer Sizzle. This is the second
time that Dennis has served on the board of directors and would greatly appreciate your
vote to continue his service.
Karl Jones, 45, joined the Utica Roadrunners this past year. He has been a runner for
nearly four years, averaging about 1200 miles for the last two of those. He started
running right after gastric bypass surgery and lost 205 pounds. He decided that after years
of watching the Boilermaker it was time to run it! Along the way he says he has met
many great people. Although he identifies himself as a “mid to back pack runner”, he has
developed a deep passion for running and now averages 20 to 25 races per year. Karl
would like to give back to the running community and would like nothing better than
joining the club’s Board of Directors.
Jerry Tylutki has been a competitive runner since high school, scoring in varsity track
and cross country at New Hartford. He also ran cross country at SUNYIT. Since then he
has completed four marathons (PR 2:55:57 at NYC, 2011) and five half marathons (PR of
1:18:57 in 2011). Jerry is a fixture on the local running scene and is on the club racing
team, and has a Boilermaker PR of 55:57. For his efforts he was awarded the club’s Open
Runner of the Year for 2011. He also maintains a road race and cross country timing
company called TNT Timing. Jerry lives in North Utica with his wife Erin and their new
baby girl, Virginia. He is looking forward to serving the club to the best of his ability if
Honorine Wallack has lived in the Mohawk Valley since 1996. Though better known for
her love of swimming she finds the running as an excellent cross training tool. She loves
to participate in as many races as her time will permit. She is married to Phil Klinkner
and has two children who also participate in running events. She is an Assistant Vice
President for M Griffith investment services in New Hartford ,NY. Honorine is looking
forward to helping guide the future of the club if elected.
Jeremy West has been a Utica Roadrunner since 2009. A recent graduate of SUNY
Cortland and SUNYIT, Jeremy is committed to helping the youth of our area reach their
running potential. At New Hartford he is the modified boys and girls cross country coach
(3rd year), the modified girls track and field coach (5th year coming up), and is assistant
coach for the varsity girls (volunteer, 2nd year). For the summer of 2012 he developed
and directed the successful new Utica Roadrunners Youth XC Development Program
(Sisu), including two XC races held at SUNYIT in July and August. A competitive
runner himself, Jeremy is a regular at the club's Wednesday night Development Runs and
is a member of the club racing team. He has a marathon PR of 2:44 and a Boilermaker
15k best of 54:33.