LEVEL I USAT CERTIFIED COACH
In 2011 John signed up for the Riverbank Run to raise money honoring a friend from high school. At the time he was 100 pounds overweight and unable to run for 30 seconds. Fast forward a year and he was down 70 pounds, had successfully completed the Riverbank Run, and raised a few dollars for a worthwhile charity. Like many triathletes he transitioned to multisport as an injured runner and has since completed all distances, from a sprint up to the full. His favorite discipline is cycling, and he can often be found trying to talk his friends into doing questionable things with him, such as signing up for Michigan Coast 2 Coast, a 210-mile one day gravel race across the State. He is a USAT Level 1 Coach, and will be completing his Level 1 Race Director certification in 2020. He and his wife Dawn live in Rockford with their two kids and two dogs.
Jon’s two passions are design and triathlon. By combining these together, he is excited to be transitioning from triathlete to race director. As an active member of the West Michigan triathlon community for a number of years, Jon is focused on ensuring that all participants and spectators have a great race experience, be it their first or tenth. Jon’s first race was The Grand Rapids Triathlon in 2012 and he has done every distance from sprint to full distance triathlons, in addition to numerable running races and marathons. He will be a USA Triathlon Level 1–Certified Race Director for the 2020 season.
Jon has supported the Michigan race community through his endurance apparel company, Drivn Threads, with race designs and promotional work. In his spare time, you can find Jon volunteering on the soccer field. He is going into his 17th season coaching his 4 sons in AYSO, where he was also board-member for a number of years. He and his wife Amanda, also a Full-distance triathlete, reside in Ada with their 5 kids, 2 dogs & 2 cats.
LEVEL II USAT CERTIFIED RACE DIRECTOR
Andy is responsible for handling the technical side of the race, ensuring all details are followed and sanctioning rules are adhered to. Andy entered the world of triathlon in 2008. He has competed in every distance from Super Sprint to Ironman. He feels that this sport, unlike any other, gives people the power to obtain their goals and push their body and mind further than they ever thought. Andy is a small business owner in the construction industry and a property manager. Andy recently became a USA Triathlon Level 2–Certified Race Director and was named by the USAT Board of Directors to the USAT Race Directors Committee.
CPA & LEVEL II USAT CERTIFIED RACE DIRECTOR
Enthusiastic and focused, Ann has a passion for the details and the drive to ensure all athletes have a positive experience during their race. She has participated in organized races since 1996, joined the triathlon world in 2009, and enjoys doing half marathons. Ann recently became a USA Triathlon Level 2–Certified Race Director. 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, recently held the position of treasurer for the local non-profit Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders, and volunteers as the coordinator for the Priority Health Champions.