Meet the Team

RACE DIRECTORS

DOUG TUTTLE // LEVEL II USAT CERTIFIED RACE DIRECTOR USAT_CrtfdRaceDirector_Level2

Doug oversees the Staff and Champions for the race. He is also responsible for the race day operations.

Doug completed his first triathlon in 2008, and like so many others he was hooked. Since that first race he has competed in several road races and triathlons racing all distances including twice competing in Full Distance. He was involved in the Grand Rapids Triathlon, for five years, overseeing the course Aid Stations. Susan is his wife and lifelong best friend. Together they have 3 children (Corydon, Ella & Raleigh) who love to be around triathlons. Doug serves as the Chief Financial Officer and as a part of the Pastoral Staff of Grand Rapids First Church.

Doug@Tris4Health.com
Phone: 616-430-6308

ANDY VIDRO // LEVEL II USAT CERTIFIED RACE DIRECTOR USAT_CrtfdRaceDirector_Level2

Andy is responsible for handling the technical side of the race ensuring all details are followed and sanctioning rules are adhered to. He also works closely with the different communities, organizations and Police departments for race day. Andy entered the world of triathlon in 2008. He has competed in every distance from a super sprint to an 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 appointed by the USAT to their Race Directors Committee.

Andy@Tris4Health.com
Phone: 616-805-3059

ANN VIDRO // CPA & LEVEL II USAT CERTIFIED RACE DIRECTOR USAT_CrtfdRaceDirector_Level2

As one of only three USAT Level 2 Directors (Andy and Doug, her co-directors, are the other two) in the state of Michigan, Ann takes directing triathlon very seriously. Enthusiastic and focused, she has a passion for the details and the drive to ensure each athlete has a positive experience from the time they register until they go home that day.

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 in 2000 and enjoys doing half marathons. Ann is 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 a local non-profit, Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders, and volunteers as the coordinator for the Priority Health Champions.

Ann@Tris4Health.com
Phone: 616-540-5115

RACE CREW

ADMINISTRATIVE // LORI OTT

I was introduced to the world of triathlon in 2012 when I friend asked me to volunteer with him at the Grand Rapids Tri. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up to volunteer at the MiTi right after that. The athletes were so amazing and it looked like so much fun I vowed to become a triathlete myself and did my first tri at the GR Tri at age 40. It wasn’t long after that triathlon became a part of my every day life when I joined the staff of both events as the assistant to the race directors. I still participate as an athlete in at least one triathlon every year, but ultimately my joy is in being behind the scenes. I love working with the people in the triathlon community from athletes, to volunteers, to spectators. My race highlight this year was completing the River Bank Run 25K relay with my 76 year old dad and 9 year old son.

AID STATIONS/BIKE // KELLY COOL

I have been a runner since 6th grade, competing through college and beyond.   Having competed in several triathlons and numerous road races from 5k to full Marathons, I decided to get involved on the other side of the race.  My husband and I, and our five girls, volunteered for the GrTri shortly after moving to Grand Rapids 4 years ago and have been hooked ever since!   We always have a blast at our aid stations and encourage everyone to get involved. I am happy to again be a part of the MiTri  team!

AID STATIONS/RUN // KRIS PACHLA

I moved back to Grand Rapids last year after spending the last 7 years in Washington DC. After being very inactive for the first 25 years of my life, I was finally bit by the endurance sports bug after assuring my wife, Anne Marie, that “there is never any need to run over 5 miles.” Since then, I have completed races of all distances and types, from 5k to marathon, and sprint triathlon to Ironman. I currently holds the record for the peanut butter mile. In DC, I was involved as a coach with the DC Road Runner Club and TeamZ Triathlon Club. I currently works at GVSU as the Director of the Regional Math and Science Center.

AID STATIONS/SUPPLY // DIANE & TONY PAYNE

A few years ago I remember someone explaining to me what a triathlon was.  My first thought; why would anyone do that to themselves? Then in 2009 my husband told me they were holding the first annual GR Tri right in our backyard of Ada, Mi.   He thought we should give it a shot since it was so close to home.  I have to admit i think I had a glass of wine or two when i actually agreed to do it.  We set out for some training with a few neighbors and competed in the race.  It was tough, but more fun than anything I had ever done.   Having a swimming background it wasn’t as “crazy” as I thought it would be.  I took second in my age group,  had a blast and was instantly hooked.  Since then I have competed in 7 triathlons and 4 relays.     I hope it is a positive influence on my daughters who I love with all my heart.  I mostly race for them, and a little bit for me.     I encourage anyone I meet to at least give it a “tri”.  It is an incredibly rewarding experience.

AWARDS // JIM VIDRO

I have been giving out awards at MITi since its inception. I have a great time spending race day with the athletes, staff members and spectators. I find that being involved in triathlons is great fun and very rewarding. Though I may never actually participate in a tri, I find it very motivating to be around these highly motivated athletes! However, hopefully someday in my place, my three granddaughters will attempt to complete a tri.

BIKE COURSE // CHRIS GEORGE

I’ve participated in the sport of triathlon for roughly 8 years. I’ve completed all distances (sans Super Sprint) with the 70.3 distance being my personal favorite. I’m also a certified triathlon coach through Ironman University and ITCA. I started coaching triathletes a couple years ago due to the fact that I love the sport and want to see people reach their maximum potential. This is my first year as the Bike Course Champion with MiTi, but was involved as the Run Course Champion for 3 years prior.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION // TIM GUIKEMA

I have been involved with the MiTi since the beginning and have competed in the race one as a 1/2 Aqua biker. I enjoy being part of a great community of athletes and enjoy working together with the other champions to host a great race. I enjoy road, cross and TT cycling and wish my knees would allow me run and complete more full tri’s. I race for Team Apex and have made many new friends, and training partners. I have been married for 17 years and fill my time with 2 girls and our son from Ethiopia. I work for Summit Tree Service and will continue to work hard with the MiTi crew to host the best and only Full Distance Triathlon in Michigan for year to come. PS. “Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute!”

EQUIPMENT SET-UP & TEAR DOWN // BILL BRIGGS

I started participating in endurance events motivated by causes like the fight against cancer, organ donor awareness and Make-A-Wish. The thrill of the competition and a need to know how far I could push myself soon drove me to race at a more competitive level including running the Boston Marathon and an age group win for the full distance at MiTi last year. I’ve also registered for the Grand Rapids Triathlon every year and did it as a relay with my son this year. I am fortunate to have such a great race literally in my front yard.
Whatever your motivation is for participating in this event, I am glad to have an opportunity to help you have the same great experience I have had.

EXPO // RICH BOMAN

I have been competing in triathlons since 1987 as a middle-of-the-pack age grouper and loving it.  It is addictive and has become a lifestyle.  Fortunately I am married to a wonderful woman who may not always understand, but does accept my addiction.  Over the years I have managed to improve within my age group and now find myself finishing higher than middle of the pack, which just motivates me to train more. I have competed in virtually every distance from Indoor to Ironman including Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, Ironman and even the Long Course World Championship.  I am excited to be a part of organizing the only full distance to be held in Michigan.

FINISH LINE // CHAD TUTTLE

I completed my first triathlon (Johan’s) in 2007 and think it forever changed my DNA.  Since then, I’ve competed at every distance and, although I’m not fast and will never win my age group, I LOVE every second of it.  I became an Ironman in 2010 and am incredibly excited that, via the MiTi, we are able to deliver a full-distance race to West Michigan.  Being a not-for-profit, healthcare executive by day though, I appreciate the amount of work and volunteers it takes to make an event successful.  With that in mind, I began giving back to the sport and volunteering in 2009.  I’ve enjoyed being the champion at the finish line every year for the MiTi and celebrating the athletes at their happiest moment of the day.  It’s an amazing accomplishment and I hope that our Finish Line team at the MiTi leaves a lasting impression on the participants, family members, and spectators who all come out to enjoy this event.  As a reminder, this event is FAMILY FRIENDLY and your special loved ones are welcomed to cross with you if you’d like!

FINISH LINE FOOD// GAIL VIDRO

I taught in Lowell for 32 years and then at Forest Hills Presbyterian Preschool for 5 more years. I am officially retired now.  I have enjoyed watching my family participate in triathlons. The highlights have been watching my son, Andy, finish the Ironman in Panama City and watching my granddaughter, Sofie, participate in the Splash and Dash. By volunteering I am able to become a part of this amazing sport and special event!

KIDS’ TRIATHLON // DON GOETCHEUS

In 2007 I was minding my own business swimming laps a couple days a week and mountain biking to stay in shape. But these sports, on my own, weren’t getting the workouts that I needed.  So I started running for the first time in my life. Within a year I had finished my first full marathon. In 2008 a friend, I swam with on the high school swim team, asked me to join him at a Master swim practice. While at practice, he mentioned a group that was getting together to transport handicapped individuals around at triathlons and he wanted me to be a part of the running leg. That was the beginning of My Team Triumph. My experience with My Team Triumph proved life changing, as I had been bitten by the triathlon bug. As a result, I have worked my way up to multiple Half-Ironman distance tris, multiple marathons, and a few bike races each year. My down time is spent with my two teenage boys, and as a financial advisor with Amerprise Financial Services. In the future, I plan to tackle the Full Ironman distance triathlon after my second boy is off to college.

MARKETING // KAT DREYER

Having been with MiTi from the beginning, I truly enjoy watching how this race has grown and evolved each year. Cheering on the great volunteer staff and the athletes is one of my favorite parts of the day! You can find me running around taking pictures, and capturing memories, of all of the day’s events to share with the participant’s family and friends via MiTi’s social media channels!

MERCHANDISE // ERIKA DWYER

I consider myself a well-rounded athlete and like to be active. I was a gymnast through high school and played a few other sports along the way. Now, I coach high school gymnastics in the winter and do CrossFit in my free time. When I moved back to Michigan a few years ago, I was excited to get involved in the Triathlon world by volunteering for both the Grand Rapids Triathlon and the Michigan Titanium to help out my cousins, the race directors. I have yet to do a Triathlon, but everyone keeps telling me I should. While it is on my bucket list..maybe next year. Through volunteering, I’ve gotten to know what a cool and crazy sport this is- meeting some amazing athletes along the way!

MOTO-PATROL // TODD BRADFORD

Todd Bradford is an avid cyclist with a passion for all things two wheeled.  Between weekend rides and commuting to work on either his bike or his motorcycle, he often forgets what it’s like to drive a car during the summer months.  He is a hard working family man, is active in his church and is a lifelong resident of the Grand Rapids area.  Todd is a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and teaches basic and advanced courses through

PACKET PICKUP // SUSAN TUTTLE

I was pulled into triathlons by my husband who’s run all distances. While not a participator myself, I’ve loved cheering on the sport and working within it, meeting many volunteers and athletes through the years. It’s such a great community to be a part of, and an event I look forward to each year.

ROAD CLOSURES // ANDY DAUKSTS

I never have actually participated in a TRI, but I love to help out and volunteer when I can.  I have two children, Logan and Brinley.  I am a manager at a traffic control company.  My sister Katie Belland and my mom Barb Dauksts have always asked me to help with races, the first one I helped with was the very first GR TRI.

RUN COURSE // EMMA BARANOWSKI

I have been a part of the MiTi Team since 2012 and it has changed my world! I attended my first Tri as a spectator and was “hooked” from that moment on. I joined the race committee and even started running! It was shortly after that I started to plan my year of firsts: my first bike race, my first marathon, and my first Triathlon! It was an awesome experience and I am looking forward to competing in more races in the future. As you can see, this sport has been a positive and life changing experience for me and I am grateful that I am able to give back by serving on this committee.

SIGNAGE // MARTI DENUYL

I have been in the triathlon world since 2013 when I joined the Real Women Tri multi sport team. I often joke what I lack in speed, I make up for in style. Most recently I can be recognized out on the course in my awesome pink argyle compression socks. What I loves most about the tri community is the camaraderie and support you received. No matter what your speed or ability, there is always someone rooting you on and giving you tips and advice. It’s a great community to be a part of!

SPECTATOR EXPERIENCE // JILL BECKWITH

For me there is no greater satisfaction then volunteering.  As my dad always said “If you can help why wouldn’t you?” In the last year I have been able to mix volunteering and running a few half marathons and my first River Bank 25k pretty well.  Can’t wait to do my first triathlon next year! I also have a part-time job at Gazelle Sports which has opened my eyes up even wider to what an amazing multi-sport community we have. Being around such awesome people makes you realize you can do it!

SPONSORSHIP // COURTNEY BREUNIG

SWIM COURSE // MARIANNE MAXIM

I am a mother of two (daughter and son) with two grandsons.  Louis, my life partner has two sons and two granddaughters.  I have three great nieces that are a big part of my world.   Our time with our family is precious. I have been around the triathlon community for 7 years now.  I have competed in a few Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distances.   I wanted to be a champion with MITI because the energy at the race is just plain awesome.  The race directors put on one of the best races around.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT / PARKING // BILL OTT

I started running in my mid 30’s, after my wife, Lori, and her friends decided to take up running and do a 5k.  I was hooked and like Forest Gump, just kept running.  I participated in one triathlon and vowed, never again, instead turning my attention to endurance running, where I completed  3 marathons and 2 ultra-marathons between 2013 and 2014.  In 2014, I returned to triathlons, learning to relax on the swim and tolerate the bike.  The 2015 GR Tri marked my first half distance, and I’m sure some day I’ll get around to a full.  Having volunteered at or participated in events all over West Michigan, I have a much better appreciation for all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make these events happen. (Did I mention how awesome my wife Lori is?)

TRANSITION // DAVID BRADY

Since the inception of the Michigan Titanium in 2012 I have been a Champion for Transition.  Each year a few tweaks have been made to improve the experience for all athletes participating in the race – and this year will be no different.  I am a lifetime fitness believer and have participated in Sprint through Half-Iron distance races giving me an understanding of what it takes to provide the necessary assistance athletes desire throughout their race day.  I enjoy  spending time with my wife Michelle and our 4 adult (wow!) children – 1 in college and 3 out!  I serve as an Admissions Representative at Hope College in Holland, MI.

TRANSITION // BRIAN JIROUS

This is my 6th year being on staff for this race. I love being part of these events and being in the “eye of the storm” doing transition and seeing the athletes at all stages of the race. I have done several haf distance tris and I have completed Ironman Chattanooga, TN. When not training or competing I run a youth basketball program for 3rd thru 8th grade girls and coach a school team and an AAU team. I am supported by my wife and best friend Liz and have 3 daughters that are very active as well.

TRANSITION SET UP & TEAR DOWN // TYLER BUITENWERF

I have been an avid bicyclist and endurance athlete as long as I can remember.  I have completed several sprint distance triathlons, one marathon and too many century bike rides to even count.  This is my first year on staff as the Transition Set Up/Tear down Champion.  I am married to my guiding force and aesthetic opposite Anita.  We have two kids (Ian 7 and Leah 4) who take after their mother and are cute as a button.  I work hard to help people identify and pursue their financial dreams as a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI.

VIP // MATT SCHMUKER

I have proudly been on the staff for this great event for 5 years.   I have been been competing for seven years and have participated in road, gravel, cyclocross, triathlon, running and mountain bike races. In 2013 I completed his first triathlon. In addition to competing I am also the founder and director of Team Apex Multisport and sit on the Executive Board of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition.  I am the proud father of three and have been happily married for 11 years.

VOLUNTEER // KARI OLMSTEAD

I am new to the MiTi staff this year! I have been a Champion for the Grand Rapids Triathlon for the past 6 years and have loved every minute of it. I was a distance runner for years but have recently just started focusing on lifting and light cardio – much easier on the knees. I am a busy Mom to 3 incredible kiddos – 10, 7 and 2 and we love being active and outside. Very excited to learn more about the MiTi and look forward to many more years being involved in these great events.