Youngstown Marathon Foundation Board


Mark Lipinsky

Chief Executive Officer & Race Director












Mark has worked in running specialty at Second Sole since 2007. 

He is responsible for the course design/logistics

of the Youngstown Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K.

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

In the fall of 2020, he also created the Mahoning Valley XC Series,

which included 18 cross country races for middle/high school runners. 


Josh Boggs

Vice President












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

He has completed eight marathons, qualified for the Boston Marathon five times and has finished 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.   

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

Second Sole has eight store locations
throughout Ohio & Pennsylvania. 

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

Steve Hixson




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 middle school/high school cross country coach
for Columbiana Exempted Village Schools. 
She is also an avid runner, completing her second marathon in 2021. 
In addition to coaching and racing, she founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts road races to support local causes.
She is also an official USATF Level 2 certified coach and has served as a track coach and 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 Marathon Qualifier.

Nicole Ranttila




Nicole was a 2018 Youngstown Marathon Ambassador.
She is an avid Mill Creek Park runner 
and completed her first full marathon in 2021.
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