UTICA — Tim Reed positioned himself at the forefront of the Stanley Center for the Art’s lobby Thursday night, roughly an hour before his roast and toast was set to begin.
His placement was strategic. From his position he was able to meet and greet well wishers (and a few roasters) as they arrived, while keeping an eye on the exit in case he had last second cold feet and decided to escape.
“You have to have a good sense of humor,” Reed said after deciding to accept his fate.
Reed, who stepped down as president from the Boilermaker 15K Road Race earlier this summer after helming it for a decade, took part in the roast and toast to help raise money for the support and creation of the Boilermaker Experience, an interactive reality exhibit set for Boilermaker headquarters.
Conceptual drawings are currently being drawn up for the Boilermaker Experience, but Reed said it will have displays including videos from past Boilermaker races. The videos will include interviews with former Observer-Dispatch sports reporter John Pitarresi, talking about highlights from past races.
Come to find out, Reed did not have much too really worry about. The event proved to be more of a toast than a roast.
Those sentiments were made from the begining with the first roaster, Earle Reed, Tim’s older brother and Boilermaker founder. Earle chose to toast his brother for everything he has done for the Boilermaker over the last decade.
“He has brought it to another level,” Earle Reed said, describing race preperation. “It’s more than a Sunday. It’s year round.”
The emcee and host of the event was radio personality Bill Keeler. Keeler and Reed have been friends for more than a decade and have worked together on various projects.
Keeler jokingly said that many of the offensive lines he may have used on the radio were actually texted in from Tim Reed.
Roaster Pat Scully needled Tim Reed for a few minutes prior to toasting him. Scully and Tim grew up as next door neighbors.
Scully said he liked having Tim around during “rough and tumble games.”
“He was the only kid in the neighborhood less athletic than I was,” Scully said.