Youngstown Marathon Foundation Board


Mark Lipinsky

Chief Executive Officer & Race Director












Mark has worked in running specialty at Second Sole since 2007 and is responsible for course design and logistics for the Youngstown Marathon.

The first race he directed was the Run Ytown 10-Miler in 2013 

and has continued to create and partner with many other local

races including Firecracker 4-Miler,

What We're Thankful 4-Miler and Jingle Bell Run.

In fall of 2020, he also created the Mahoning Valley XC Series, which included 18 cross country races

for local middle and high school runners. 


Josh Boggs

Vice President & Logistics Coordinator












Josh has worked in running specialty at Second Sole since 2013 and is the director of timing for Second Sole Racing. 

He has finished seven marathons, qualified for the Boston Marathon five times and has completed over 50 half marathons.  

He is also the Vice President of the  S & B Foundation, a non-profit that organizes many local races including the Clipper Cross Country Series and the Twas the Night Before 5K. 

He is also co-director of the Freedom 4-Miler, Heat Wave 5K and Phantom 4-Miler.   

Steve Hixson



Steve is the owner and President of Second Sole, a running specialty store that opened in 1981.   

Currently, Second Sole has eight store locations throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Steve is also a member of the Youngstown Peace Race Board and has served as President of the Youngstown Marathon Foundation since 2017.          


Joe has been the Director of Sponsorship for the Youngstown Marathon since 2017.  He has completed marathons in Anchorage, Alaska, Sydney, Australia and Rome, Italy and over a dozen half marathons throughout the United States.  Joe is also the Chairperson of Once A Cowboy Always A Cowboy, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization for Chaney alumni and volunteers his time at Forever Safe Farm. 

Joe Midlick

Director of Sponsorship


Crystal Siembida Boggs

Expo & Marketing Director


Crystal is the head cross country and track coach for Columbiana Exempted Village Schools.  She is also an avid runner, completing her first full marathon in November of 2018.  In addition to coaching and racing, she also founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts road races to support local causes and is an official USATF Level I certified coach and has served as a track official in prior years.


Janie Crowl

Treasurer & Director of Volunteers


Janie is the Wellness Director at Salem Community Center.  She is a USAT Certified Race Director and conducts the Guilford Lake, Lake Milton & SCC Triathlons.  She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and a Level 2 RRCA Distance Coach. 

Janie is a 2-time Boston Qualifier, and striving for Boston again in 2020.


Nicole Ranttila



Nicole was a 2018 Youngstown Marathon Ambassador and avid Mill Creek Park runner. Nicole has 18 half marathons under her belt and counting. She serves on the board of Autism Society of Mahoning Valley and Angels for Kids Foundation. She is an active community volunteer and speaker and has affiliations with Forever Safe Animal Farms, Earth Angel Farms, Polka Dot Powerhouse, and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. 

Youngstown Marathon Foundation Team Leaders


Rick Blair

Training Group Coordinator & Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Scott Denham

USATF Course Certification