Joe Woodworth & CNY Racing took a very different route than most getting into the sport of running. In high school, Joe was involved in lacrosse, basketball, tennis and other sports, but always questioned what was so fun about running.
It was then in 1996, that Joe’s good friend, Nate, a great runner in high school, was killed in a car accident.
Later that year the annual Nate Race took place in honor of Nate Holdridge. The event begin in 1996 and now helps raise funds for many programs, such as sending students to the running camps, funding the local kids summer track program, providing scholarships to high students that participate in running and fitness activities.
From the start, Joe has been involved with the Nate Race using his background in art and illustration to assist with event shirt designs and race day set up. Joe did not run in the race, as he would never run with Nate unless it was within other sports.
Finally in 2001, Joe decided to lace up his own pair of running shoes and attempt to conquer the 10-mile Mountain Goat Run, his first ever race. Going into the event, Joe pledged to run the course in 80 minutes, which he ran right on the dot. That same year, Joe ran the Nate Race for the first time as well. After the race, it was at that point Joe decided to take over Nate’s “running shoes to the best of his ability.”
Continuing his new love for running, Joe joined the Syracuse Track Club and has completed well over 100 races including running the Mountain Goat Run eight times now and two Marathons.
As the Nate Race has gone on, Joe continues to be very involved with the event. He continues to run in the race each year and has designed and printed the shirts for 22 years.
Of course Joe can’t devote all of his time to running and putting on the Nate Race. There is a good chance that many of the local race shirts you have collected within the past few years have been printed by Joe. This is how CNY Racing was created, which gives him the opportunity to provide for something that he loves to do, running.
Since Joe began running in 2001, he has completed many events but still gets butterflies every race. Regardless of the distance, everyone has a time during a race where they feel like they are hurting and need a little kick. But during that time, Joe feels that Nate is on his side pushing him along.
Joe has competed in hundreds of races, secretly prefers any run ten miles and under, but will run 13.1 when needed. Providing specialized medals and apparel for over ten years, Joe is a top resource for Race Directors. His running career, product knowledge and creativity has helped him create great items and designs that runners look forward to every year.
Fred ?Woody? Woodworth started running at the young age of 56. He eased his way in to running, skipping over the 5k distance and starting his first race ever at the Utica Boilermaker 15k. With his attention to detail and passion for working with people, Woody customer service take the pressure of race directors already stressed environment.
Jeff, unlike Joe, has no problem running races over ten miles. He has completed 28 marathons, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Also a trained scientist with a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, Jeff decided to follow his passions for running and helping others and joined Joe at CNY Racing. His warm demeanor, knowledge of running and desire to create amazing products has made Jeff a valuable asset to our team.
She is the keeper of the accounts and payables and helps the sales and marketing team keep everything running smoothly so we can continue to help our Race Director customers.
Mindy joined our team in Aug 2017, having been in the promotional products industry for the last decade. She has a wide knowledge of products we offer for and beyond your race needs. You?ll often see her at our expo?s, holding down the fort while the rest of the CNY Racing team is running.
Dan is our screen printer who is coming up to his 10 year anniversary of first picking up the squeegee. He enjoys taking art and producing a high quality piece of apparel that gives brings a smile to the customers face when they open up the box. Dan also enjoys on going education in the field of screen printing, taking as many classes as time allows, all while researching the latest inks and equipment to keep CNY Racing ahead of the curve in apparel decorating.
Deb met Joe while working as personal trainer at a local gym.She became a trainer in 2011 but decided to join the team after she had her daughter in 2015. She enjoys running (only for the medals) but her true passion is playing roller derby. She is a skater for the Ithaca League of Woman Rollers and a Captain for the gold medal winning NY Allstars.
Dave has a long skill list including college educated, mechanical and home repair, computer building & maintenance, and office administration. His favorite skill is long distance running and competing from the 1 mile distance to the marathon. With CNYRacing becoming ever more popular, Joe brought Dave onboard allowing him to work in a field related to his life long hobby. Dave holds onto the idealism that in the running world, we are all family so let?s keep it going strong!
Rick is a former competitive runner who now enjoys Crossfit to stay in shape. No stranger to hotels and traveling, you can find him timing & scoring races all throughout the United States each weekend. As our resident expert for race production and strategic marketing, Rick founded and directs the Syracuse Half Marathon; which has grown to over 6,000 entrants in its? first five years. Rick is also the Race Director for the oldest consecutively run foot race in the world (est. 1896), the YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot, which boasts an impressive 14,000 entrants each year.