Honorees - E. J. Herrmann Cross Country Invitational

2019 Honoree

Mr. Mark Williamson

The East Utica Optimist Club in concurrence with the Race Committee and Meet Directors of the 77th E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational are delighted to honor Mark Williamson as the 2019 Meet Honoree.

Mark Williamson was born in Utica, NY. He graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1984 and began his career in the US Navy in August of 1984. He continued his higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bellevue University, and his Master's degree in Management from Keuka College.

Besides achieving his Eagle Scout rank as a youth, Mark has received the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal while serving in the US Navy (Active Duty from 1984 – 2007, Command Master Chief 2nd Marine Division). He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired on February 28, 2007.

Mark continues his service as a NJROTC Instructor at Proctor High School, having started in 2007. Mark serves his community as a Councilman at Large for the City of Utica and is a Trustee for the Oneida County Historical Center. He is the owner and operator of TAPS Our Duty, LLC, providing veterans with a military funeral service they so rightly deserve.

He resides in Utica with his wife Michelle and is the father of Ashley and Chelsea. Mark and his NJROTC cadets have been affiliated with the EJ Herrmann Cross Country Invitational for 12 years.

Past Honorees

Ambruso, Richard F. (2013)

Bernard, John (2012)

Briggs, Edward (2004)

Chwazik, Gerard (2009)

Chwazik, Ted (1998)

Convertino, John (2006)

D'Allesandro, David (2002)

DeLude, Bill (1999)

Dodge, Brian (1999)

Ferris, Fred (2007)

Ficcaro, Joseph (2004)

Gentile, Joe (2009)

Gratch, Sam (2004)

Grimaldi, Vin (2017)

Hoffman, Jeff (2008)

Hoffstetter, Leonard (2002)

Hogan, Chris (2005)

Lupia, Ralph (2002)

Marraffa, John M., Sr. (2015)

Morrisroe, Kevin (2017)

Nastasi, Richard J. (2015)

Paniccia, Santo (2006)

Petrillo, Theodore (Ted), Jr (2008)

Philpotts, Steven (2018)

Pitarresi, John (2014)

Polera, Ralph (2011)

Pritchard, Scott (2004)

Przybylski, Ed (2003)

Putrello, Pat (2010)

Rubin, Howard (2004)

Testa, Mello (2003)

Wells, Tom (2010)

Willenburg, Rev. Msgr. Francis J. (2007)

Zangrilli, Raymond (2016)

The Lions Club (2000)

The Utica City School District (2000)

The Municipal Government of the City of Utica (2000)

The Running Community of Utica:

The American Heart Association (2001)

The Falling Leaves Road Race (2001)

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame (2001)

The Utica Developmental Runs (2001)

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