Hudson Valley Irish community leaders will salute Bob Ryan prior to the start of the 2 mi. “flat, fast and first class” Shamrock Run, marking its 30th anniversary on Sunday.. 2018 Honoree is Bob Ryan, one of the three founders of the annual run. He was the race director for the first 25 years. His insurance business, Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers Inc. - now marking its 60th anniversary, has been a major sponsor for all three decades. Ryan is an ardent runner with multiple marathons under his belt.