MiTi Race Crew

140.6 mile full half olympic relay aquabike duathlon swim only

Lori Ott

ADMINISTRATIVE

2019 marks my seventh year as a triathlete and my sixth year on staff of the Michigan Titanium and the Grand Rapids Tri. It wouldn’t be an over exaggeration to say that triathlon is my life. I work on both triathlons all year long, volunteer for several other races throughout West Michigan, and train when I can. As much as I enjoy being a triathlete and getting out on the course, my passion is really being behind the scenes and helping others cross the finish line. This really has become a family affair. I love working along side my husband, Bill, and my youngest son, Graydon, on race day. While my teenagers prefer to stay behind the scenes they’ve been known to haul tri equipment for me and even help with odd jobs leading up to race day. Whether you compete, organize, volunteer, or enthusiastically spectate, I truly believe this sport has something for everyone!

Kelly Cool

AID STATIONS/BIKE

After competing 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, have volunteered for the GrTri & MiTi since moving to Grand Rapids 5 years ago and have loved it! Our 18 year old daughter is competing in her first triathlon this weekend and is super excited to be on the participant side of the race. I am happy to, again, be a part of the MiTi team!

Kris Pachla

AID STATIONS/RUN

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.

Jim Vidro

AWARDS

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.

Tony Horvath

BIKE COURSE

This is my second year on staff for the Michigan Titanium. As an athlete I enjoy cycling, running, and Spartan races. This serves me well as the Vice President of the Grand Rapids Running club. I have worked for Gentex Corporation for the past 15 years and am the proud father of a 23-year-old son who attends Western Michigan University.

Tim Guikema

ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION

I have been involved in triathlons since 2010. Starting off with a neighborhood tri, Lech Lecha. I crossed the finish line and fell in love with this type of racing. I’ve been on staff of the Michigan Titanium for 5 years and would not miss the opportunity to race/help out and be involved in this race. I will be back helping pick up YOUR TRASH. Please “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!”

Jay Fournier

EQUIPMENT SET-UP & TEAR DOWN

For as long as I can remember, triathlon has been on my radar but, getting more and more involved in biking within the Grand Rapids community and then joining Team Apex Multisport only fueled my interest and also became the gateway! Over the past 2 years I have met so many incredible people that helped me complete my first sprint triathlon last year and then 3 more and now I am hooked! I will be doing 5 more this year including my first Oly and I also will be on a relay team (swim) for the inaugural Ironman Traverse City! A full distance event is in the near future! It’s been a very contagious bug but, I love everything about it! I remember what it felt like when I completed my first Sprint and now I want to help others accomplish their goals, whatever that distance may be. Giving back in that way is an accomplishment for me. The bug has also spread through my family as my wife will be competing in her first ever Sprint this year and you will see my 2 sons (10 & 7) racing in the MiTi kid’s event for their first time as well!

Rich Boman

EXPO

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.

Chad Tuttle

FINISH LINE

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!

Gail Vidro

FINISH LINE FOOD

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!

Don Goetcheus

KIDS’ TRIATHLON

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.

Kat Dreyer

MEETING COORDINATOR

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!

Todd Bradford

MOTO-PATROL

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 also a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach and teaches basic and advanced courses through Fox Powersports.

Keith Love

PACKET PICKUP

I started in triathlons in 2016 with my first sprint Tri. I was instantly hooked completing the half iron distance at the GR Tri in 2017 and full Ironman in Boulder CO in 2019. You could say I am sort of a data nerd and love all aspects of triathlon lifestyle from the training to the diets to magic of race day. This will be my first year working behind the scenes and I am beyond excited for all of the new amazing athletes that I will get to meet!

Emma Baranowski

RUN COURSE

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.

Adam Baker

SIGNAGE

I got into endurance racing approx. 6 years ago and have done everything from simple 5k’s to full Ironman distance with some ultras in there for good measure. So, I’ve seen a lot of examples of what works and what doesn’t work in regards to signage and execution. Countless times have I rounded a corner or crested a hill looking for signs of “aid station ahead” or just simple signs of civilization for that matter, for motivation as I was hurting bad. Was that mile marker 2.1 or 21? ARGGH!! I vow to keep you on track and motivated as best as I can with signage so you can have the best race possible. Enjoy the day! You’ve earned it!

Jill Beckwith

SPECTATOR EXPERIENCE

This will be my third year being known as Snow Cone Jill. I love being able to take care of the families and friends of athletes during the race. For me their experience & happiness go hand and hand with that of the participants. Whether I am recruiting volunteers for a My Team Triumph event, helping someone at Gazelle Sports find the shoe that will finally give them relief or making a snow cone that’s where I am most happy. It really does feed my soul.

Courtney Smith

SPONSORSHIP

Growing up in Madison, WI, I’ve always been captivated by the energy of IMWI.  Running marathons, and being active my entire life, the sport of triathlon has always inspired me.  When I moved to Grand Rapids in 2016, stars aligned, and I was asked to join the MiTi Staff as the Sponsorship Director.  I enjoy working all year to connect amazing sponsors with a great group of athletes. If you or your business are looking for an event to sponsor, email me at courtney@tris4health.com. I’d love to connect and tell you more about our sponsorship opportunities and learn more about what we can do for your business.

Marianne Maxim

SWIM COURSE

This race is owned by such positive people. The engery at this race is crazy fun. I love being about of the environment. I have been around the triathlon community for about 7 years, competing distance from Sprint to Full distance 140.6. Hope to see many of you at the beach at the swim start!!

Bill Ott

TECHNICAL SUPPORT / PARKING

Bill blindly followed his wife into the life of triathlon, having no idea how addictive it would become. A runner by trade, he lives by the motto, “you can sleep when you’re dead”, a mantra he coined shortly after the birth of there now teenage twins. A general disdain for the bike means you’re more likely to find him in an ultra marathon than a full iron, but he still has plans someday. Until then he’ll keep living life on the edge, frying bacon shirtless, running marathons on a whim, and relaxing to the dulcet tones of Larry Crabbe. (Bill also likes to talk about himself in third person.)

Brian Jirous

TRANSITION

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 half 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.

Brian O-Connell

TRANSITION

I had completed local 5ks, 10ks, a couple of 25ks, and an annual triathlon, but in 2013 something changed. As a Boston native and growing up watching the Boston marathon it was devastating watching all the people that were injured during that tragic event. Living in Michigan I was not really sure how I could help, so I immediately signed up for a half marathon. I felt like the best way I could honor the victims was to keep running! With some encouragement from a few friends that escalated quickly into my first 70.3 which needless to say was a life changing event. Luckily my wife and son have been very supportive as my journey has evolved into multiple racecations and now I have completed 2 Ironmans. As a member of Team Apex I had an opportunity to assist one my teammates with helping set up the bike transition area for the GR Tri. This gave me a better appreciation for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to pull off such an amazing event. Working with the MiTi feels like the perfect event to be involved with to help give back to all of those that have helped me cross the finish line!!

Kari Olmstead

VOLUNTEER

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.

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