USAT Certified Race Co Director
Andy is responsible for handling the technical side of the race ensuring all details are followed and sanctioning rules are adhered to. He also oversees all operations of the race. Andy has always enjoyed organized sports, 5k”s, 10k’s and half-marathons. Since entering the triathlon world, he has taken home several first place wins from MI to Las Vegas. Andy is also the president of the O’Hara Foundation – a group that raises funds and awards scholarships for athletes.
CPA – Co Director
USAT Certified Race Director
Enthusiastic and focused, Ann has a passion for the details and the drive to ensure each athlete has a positive experience during their race. She has participated in organized races since 1996, joined the triathlon world fives years ago and enjoys doing half marathons. A small business owner and resident in the Grand Rapids area for several years, Ann enjoys giving back to the local community in many ways. She sits on the Alumni Board for Davenport University, actively leads a women’s small group and recently held the position of Treasurer for a local non-profit, Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders.
I have been bicycling my entire adult life and lead numerous group rides in the east end of Kent County. I am involved with the Priority Health Cycling Team to track event and volunteer participation; I assist to locate and organize community events that allow the team members to give back to the local community by helping in a variety of ways. I lead the summer Ada Bike Shop Tuesday Night Group rides and also volunteer to help the local bicycle club, The Rapid Wheelmen. I am able to ride about 5000 miles per year, year round. I have never participated in a triathlon but have done a half-dozen duathlons in the area. I enjoy providing support for events and encouraging friends and family as they compete in a variety of activities. I am a retired engineer from Steelcase.
I began running in 2005 and have since done several races, from 10 miles to the Bayshore Marathon. Running is a big part of my life. I met my husband through the local running club and even got engaged at the finish line of the 2009 25k River Bank Run. While I have never done a tri myself, I enjoy cheering for my husband as he competes. I was previously the President of the Grand Rapids Running Club.
Spectator Experience Champion
I love being involved with events and meeting new people.This is a great opportunity to stay active in the community. I love coffee, tennis and time with my family! I am also very passionate about my job. I work for Creative Studio Promotions, a women owned company downtown GR. I would love to help you market your company!
Moto-Patrol Champion and Bike Coordinator
Todd Bradford is an avid cyclist with a passion for everything on two wheels, both motorized and human powered. He is a hard working family man and life-long resident of Grand Rapids. Todd is active in his church, teaching, leading small groups and participating in leadership. He is also a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and teaches basic and advanced motorcycle classes through Grand Rapids Community College. This year Todd will be the Bike course champion as well as heading up the Moto-Patrol, pacing the field and providing moto-support for the race officials.
Packet pickup/Expo and Finish Line Coordinator
In January 2009 I became intentional and dead serious about good health, which meant making a sustainable lifestyle change-and it”s been totally transforming! Setting stretch fitness goals led me into running and the world of sprint triathlons. The 2011 GR Tri was my first and the start of many more to come. The transformation hasn”t been just about healthy eating and fitness, however-it”s also about a balanced perspective on the whole of life. I”m wholly devoted to extended family in Michigan, Texas and California. I”m passionate about my career (at Priority Health). And there”s room for the other things that keep life interesting-like cooking, competitive barbecuing, international travel, serving as a volunteer (community and church), being an avid sports fan who believes you can never have too much hockey, and my newest craze-ballroom dancing!
Bill Cleaver has been an avid runner since 1979. He has run numerous 5K’s, 10K’s, ½ Marathons, 25K’s and Marathons including two Boston qualifiers and Boston in 2007. He continues to put in 20-40 mile a week with his running partner Rudy (a collie/retriever mix). He has an interest in and has long studied the impact of running and carbohydrate management (related diet options), on blood glucose levels, insulin efficiency, and their combined impact on performance. In addition to running, Bill enjoys other outdoor activities including; hiking, camping, kayaking, etc. He has a Bachelors of Science degree from Michigan State University and is a Purchasing/Materials Management professional by trade.
I never have actually ran a race or a TRI but I love to help out and volunteer when I can. I have been married to my wife Jenna for 5 years with a two year old son named Logan. I am a manager at a traffic control company and am also the head coach for Jenison varsity hockey. My sister Katie Belland and mom Barb have always asked me to help with races, the first one I helped with was the first GR Tri.
Eight years ago I was more than 100 pounds heavier and led a very sedentary lifestyle. Now I am a distance runner who also enjoys spending time with my husband running, biking and generally anything that gets us outdoors and active. We also enjoy taking road trips all over Michigan. I am living proof that you can conquer obesity and live a healthier and happier life!
Husband and dad of 2 girls, 2 and 6 yrs old who keep us ever busy. Keeping my active lifestyle as full as possible, incorporating the girls when I can – they love to be outside! I love adventure and challenge races in addition to swimming, running and many outdoor sports. I work in Graphic Design/Advertising/Print production with a background in professional photography for several years prior. Always inventing or building something, from my new apple cider press built last fall, to the furniture in our home, to experimenting in homebrewing, an increasingly popular hobby in michigan. I designed and sell a series of outdoor sport decals so have been having fun with that too - http://www.outdooractivist.
Sponsorship Development Manager
My goal has been to complete my first triathlon when I turn 40. This is the year I will accomplish that goal!
Collegiate Relations Champion
I have been a runner most of my life. I started running track in 8th grade, joined X-Country my Junior year of high school and then went on to run X-Country and Track at Grand Valley State University. I”ve wanted to race in triathlons ever since my Junior year of high school when I watched the Ironman World Championships in Kona. This may sound crazy but my Triathlon career began with me breaking my back snowboarding in January of 2011 and ending my Track career. I was so determined to accomplish my dream of completing an Ironman and to start racing triathlons that I signed up for the Louisville Ironman 2012 the day registration opened, 2 months before I raced in my first Triathlon. Since then I have completed numerous triathlons at the local, collegiate and Ironman level and am the VP of Marketing and Sponsorship for the Grand Valley Triathlon Club. My goal is to get more people involved with triathlons at the collegiate and high school level. Once you do one you are hooked for life.
Fast Photo Pro was formed Dec 2008. Kevin Bos and Steven Korringa have worked for several sports photography companies and decided to take that knowledge and offer it locally focusing on Michigan Events that aren”t getting professional photography services. Our goal is to make this a win/win for everyone involved. We work hard to bring you quality images. We use the most advanced online technology available for finding viewing and ordering your specific images by providing you with your own personal galleries based on your visible bib numbers.
Volunteer Recruitment Champion
As a young boy I remember watching my father compete in triathlons, cheering him on from the sidelines I had no idea that someday we’d be doing them together.
5 years ago my father challenged me to 3 months of sobriety. I challenged him with 3 months of a healthier lifestyle and a fitness program, we agreed to compete in the reeds lake triathlon together after or 90 days was up. We had such a blast together we wanted to take it to the next level. The next year we did the Grand Rapids Tri Olympic Distance together. Last year we did the MiTi Half-Iron distance together, and this year we’ll complete the MiTi Full-Iron distance together. It’s been such an experience to be able to compete in these events with my father, pushing the limits of our bodies and improving our mental and physical health every step, pedal, and stroke of the way. I’m a Network Engineer for S. Abraham & Sons during the day and dabble in semi-professional photography on the side. I live in Grandville with my good friend Evan, who also participates in the triathlon events with my father and I.
I began supporting my husband and family members participating in triathlons in 2008. I quickly learned what a fun, healthy, and community based sport it is. I love being a spectator, the excitement of the crowd, cheering on the participants, and I still get goose bumps watching people cross the finish line. My focus has been on giving back to the community with my time, efforts, and skills. I’ve been with Huntington Bank for 16 years, and working for a company that is also encouraging and supportive of the community, I have had the opportunity to get involved with some amazing organizations and meet some wonderful people. I’m currently a board member of Grand Rapids Sister Cities International, Huntington Women’s Advisory Board, and Inforum WMI Council. I’ve also been involved with Athena, Junior Achievement, Gilda’s Club Red, American Cancer Society, YWCA and Women’s Resource Center. I live in Hudsonville, with my husband Christian, and our dog Hank who is a frequent spectator at the races as well.
I have been involved in Triathlons since 2010. Starting off with a neighborhood Tri, Lech Lecha, cross the finish line and fell in love with this type of racing. I found out through some friends that the GR Tri and MiTi were some new races that were starting and I should look at helping out and getting involved. This is my first year with the GR Tri, and second with the MiTi. Besides racing for Team Traction3 and Ascension Cycling, I have a wife of 13 years, a 8 and 5 year old daughters and will be bring a boy home from Ethiopia this summer. I did my first marathon this Spring, and hope to the 1/2 Ironman distance this Spring too. I do Sale and Production Management for Summit Tree Service, a local tree company. I hope to someday finish a full Ironman distance.
Web and Graphic Designer
This event is a great opportunity for Grand Rapids. It”s also a huge responsibility to put on. A race this size takes many volunteers and hours of dedication to pull off and we have a very dedicated team putting in the long hours at Wealthy Street Bakery sipping coffee and chatting about ideas to make this event great! I collaborated with Katie to design the Grand Rapids Triathlon branding identity. This includes the logo, website and other promotional material. I”ve been a graphic designer for about five years and I absolutely love it. I”ve never wanted to do anything else and I”m so blessed that I can come to work and do something I love. Most recently I am a designer at Kmotion Design in East Grand Rapids and I love every minute of it!
As a mother of three and a grandmother of one, it had been a practice of mine to put others needs before my own for years. Well life doesn”t care what excuses we have, poor health will catch up with us no matter who we are. After a couple wake up calls, I started making sure that better nutrition, walking and biking became part of my routine. I have a great respect for athletes of all levels and am happy to volunteer my time in support. Thank you to all the athletes who set such great examples for us all. I am inspired by all of you and hope I can inspire others along my journey to good health.
I have been an avid runner for seven years and thru running, I have been able to conquer my biggest challenges and goals. The Boston Marathon has been a dream of mine for the past five years which held numerous attempts and failures. I finally turned those failures into a success and qualified in April 2011 with a time of 3:37:07. I also enjoy running other distance races and participating in triathlons. My goals have evolved and I now enjoy motivating others to reach their dreams and have done this through pacing at the 5/3 Riverbank run 25K and Grand Rapids half marathon. I aspire to do more of this through coaching and training others and challenge others to do nothing but their very best. I am a certified spin instructor and take pride in putting everything I have into the preparation and execution of my classes. In my spare time, I am the volunteer coordinator for the Grand Rapids Triathlon, Michigan Titanium and am on staff of the Grand Rapids Marathon. I will leave you with my favorite quote which I live and teach: “Never Limit Your Challenges; Challenge Your Limits”
Nicole is involved in many organizations throughout West Michigan, volunteering her time frequently, including providing marketing experience for the Grand Rapids Triathlon. Running enthusiast, she believes a great daily workout feeds the body and soul. Nicole is committed to providing outstanding work for her clients, and specializes in marketing communications, event coordination, and design. She currently works for her alma mater, Grand Valley State University, in the Event Planning Services department, managing and planning events.
Special Needs Coordinator
My daughter Chelsea is my true inspiration & the catalyst to all of our racing. I was a heavy smoker when she did her first Tri, with ”The Ride of Their Lives”. It took her second Tri to get me to change my life. Now we”ve competed in many Triathlons and running races. We are both in the Two Hour club for the Fifth Third RBR. Our fastest Marathon time is 3:25. We race to raise awareness for the disorder Chelsea is afflicted – Rett Syndrome, which is a neuro-muscular disorder. We hope to challenge ourselves once again, by completing the 1/2 Iron distance event in the Grand Rapids Triathlon. We are honored to help coordinate the needs of the other special needs athletes. I have also completed an ironman 11:23:18.
A life-long swimmer, as a lifeguard and swim-lesson teacher I work primarily with very young kids, introducing them to and getting them comfortable in the water. I volunteered as a life guard at last year’s Tri to support my Triathlete dad (Go Mark!) and am excited to be a member of the team and surmount the challenges of coordinating open water on the swim course this year. I am a student at Grand Valley State University, a member of the Ultimate Frisbee club team, as well as a (very) amateur runner, while looking forward to a career in Catholic Youth Ministry.
I am a Michigan native who has had a love for running since high school. I love running for the camaraderie and how it challenges me both physically and mentally. I feel privileged to be able to help with the Grand Rapids Triathlon and the elite athletes competing there. I am active as a volunteer in my church and always looking for ways to get involved in my community. I have worked for Cascade Engineering for the past 7 years in program management, marketing and inside sales. I live in Lowell with my 12 year old daughter Sara who shares my love for running and all things outdoors no matter the weather.
I have played soccer and other sports since I was in middle school and have made physical activity an important part of my life. I began practicing yoga about 7 years ago which has helped a lot with strength, endurance and peace of mind. I never enjoyed running, and throughout my life I have worked on cardio by participating in team sports. A few years ago I developed a blood clot that travelled to one of my lungs and after a few months of inactivity I started running so that I could stay active. I ran my first 5k on my 45th birthday at the Pink Arrow Quiver run and ran the Susan G. Koman that year and ran both races in 2012 with my wife, who was just finishing up chemo treatment for Breast Cancer. This year my goal is to participate in more 5ks, working toward a 10k and perhaps the Tough Mudder or the Zombie Run, and who knows maybe even a half marathon some day. I work at Priority Health in product development on consumer engaged health plans and fundamentally believe that staying in good shape and eating well is one of the keys to maintaining a good quality of life in the long run, pardon the pun.
Extra for triathlon – I am really glad to have the opportunity to help out with the triathlon as a volunteer this year and if I can progress my swimming past the sinking phase I may even try one down the road.
Co-Aid Station Champion
Back in 2006 I saw a race where people were swimming, biking and running. I thought those people are nuts, but I always like new adventures and I said to myself, “I can do that.” Since then I have spent a lot of money on special shoes, watches, bikes and tight clothes. I have completed many races from sprint distance to full Ironman. I enjoy seeing people accomplish their goals and finish races that I once thought was nuts. I am thankful to have the support from my wife Sara and our two girls Marysa and Samantha. Without their support I wouldn”t be able to be involved in this great sport.
This fall, I will be a senior in the GVSU film program, emphasizing in non-fiction production. Besides a filmmaker, I am also a distance runner and triathlete. I ran a few 5Ks when I was young, but hated running until I joined the cross-country team in high school. As I became better at running, I discovered triathlons as well, and started competing in a few each summer. Over the years, I have not ceased to be amazed at the incredible sense of community that is created by endurance sports. In my film career, I received early recognition by having one of my documentaries accepted into the 2010 Michigan Film Festival. Through video, I hope to give people a glimpse into the anxiety, excitement, pain, determination, sacrifice and ultimately bliss that go into completing a triathlon.
I am very happy to be this year’s safety boat coordinator. I love kayaking our beautiful Thornapple River and am easily talked into many crazy fun runs that include mud, leprechauns, or the Mackinac Bridge. Finish line food is the best!
I had been bicycling for a few years and in March 2009 was seeking to differentiate my fitness routine. A co-worker introduced me to a local triathlon group, and joined the workouts with no intention of racing. By June, I had completed my first Sprint distance event and was instantly hooked, and have competed in 3-5 Sprint and Olympic distances events annually since. In 2011, I decided to focus on my running weakness and completed my first 1/2 marathon. For 2012, I wanted to give back to the multi-sport community that has been so supportive. Shortcomings within the transition area of events have always been of issue, and relish the opportunity to create the best experience possible. A GR native, I have two children and work as a fleet manager for Gordon Food Service.
I am a Western Michigan Alumni and have over 10 years working in marketing and advertising. I worked in the radio industry for most of those years, both in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. I love working in marketing and developing relationships with the media, business owners, and marketing professionals. Being part of the Triathlon Team has been a great honor. I have never met a more passionate group of people, and have an extreme amount of respect for this organization. One day, I will participate myself… might be a relay… but it’s a start!
I have been a runner for about two years, and enjoy participating in races of various distances including half marathon. I particularly enjoy trail racing and have a goal to complete an ultramarathon someday. I have always been fascinated by the Triathlon and inspried by triathletes. Last summer I added in biking and plan to participate in my first multi-sport event, a Duathlon, in July. It was an honor to be selected as a Priority Champion ealier this year and I am so excited to be able to share my enthusiasm for running and biking. By day I am a project manager and enjoy being able to apply those skills to my passion for sport and help make GRTri a great experience for all of the amazing athlete participants!
Co-Aid Station Champion
I have competed in several road races and triathlons from Sprint to Ironman races and everything in between. I have overseen the Aid Stations at the GRTri since the beginning and I also serve as the Co-Director of the MiTitanium, Michigan’s only Full-Distance Triathlon. I am married to my lifelong best friend Susan and we have 3 children (Corydon, Ella & Raleigh). I am a third generation co-owner and CEO of Johnson Carpet One in Grandville.
Web and Graphic Designer
I”m a runner. I run the fifth third 25k, and a few other local races. This is my first event I am sponsoring, its exciting to help out! I LOVE to workout, cardio, weight lifting, running, biking, hiking, etc. I actually met my husband at the gym. Fitness & outdoor activities is something great we can do together. Fitness makes me happy, and appreciate the life that God gives me. The opportunity to push myself physically & mentally – I can celebrate life when doing such things. I”m the owner of Kmotion Design, where I do web design and motion graphics. I”ve always been creative and artistic since I was little. I love my job and therefore I don”t have to work a day in my life, because what I do everyday for my job is my passion.
I taught elementary children for 32 years in Lowell and then taught preschool at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church for 5 more years. I witnessed my first triathlon watching Andy participate. I was drawn in further to the triathlon world by listening as Andy and Ann began to work on their dream of a triathlon in Grand Rapids. Now, by volunteering, I am able to become a part of this amazing event.
As I watched my sons and daughters-in-law compete in their first triathlons, I was really impressed with the attitudes of all of the participants. When Ann and Andy started organizing the GR Tri and MiTi, I just knew that I had to be involved! I continue to be amazed by triathletes and their commitment. My role in the tris has been just a natural for me as I spent over thirty years with Grand Rapids Public Schools. My involvement included coaching and acting as athletic director. These tris give me an opportunity to be around very big athletic events again. I love it!
My brother got me into triathlons: first competing, and later volunteering. I decided I wanted a larger role this year and I am now “The Trash Man.” (That’s the simple way of saying Champion of Environmental Restoration.) All joking aside, I am absolutely thrilled to have a more central role in the Grand Rapids Tri, as I have been helping out since its origination doing odds and ends. I have been involved in sports since I could walk: t-ball, baseball, soccer, football, track, you name it. As a father of two girls, there is nothing I love more than watching their confidence grow as they participate in athletics and other activities. I look forward to being a part of the Grand Rapids Tri for years to come, and making it a family tradition!