Member Since: 2003
Bio: Although I've been involved in sports my whole life, I didn't start running until my early 30's. After my first 5K I was hooked on the competitiveness of the sport. After a miserable 2003 Riverbank Run 25K, I decided to check out a run club that would later be called RunGR, and I found that I was training all wrong. Not all training runs had to be at a tempo pace and I had to run slower in order to get faster, which seemed totally counterproductive. I put faith in our coach's training plan and I got my Boston Marathon qualifying time at the 2003 Chicago Marathon. Since then, I've accomplished things in the sport of running that I never would've imagined I was capable of, and have met some amazing people along the way.
Fun Fact: Once beat Kyle Cutler in an alternating progression workout.
Member Since: 2014
Bio: I started running as a way to stay in shape as a swimmer in high school. Turns out I loved running more than any other sport. I learned from an early age that running was a process that includes many miles of hard work for a few moments of "glory". I ran collegiately at Ferris State University on scholarship. After competing at a collegiate level, I still craved a team dynamic and a coach to mentor me. I found RunGR and have loved it ever since. It has allowed me to meet some of my closest friends and helped me continue to train at a high level even post collegiately. I am so thankful that Grand Rapids has such an amazing running community, and RunGR is a big part of that.
Fun Fact: I grew up dog sled racing and that's where I got my first need for speed.
Member Since: 2016
Bio: I have been a runner for nearly 10 years, running my first 5k in April 2009 at the age 30, and 6 months later I ran my first half marathon at the Grand Rapids Metro Health Marathon/Half. Since then I have run several distances including 6 full marathons, 20 halves, as well as some triathlons and duathlons. I also enjoy pacing races when given the opportunity.
Fun Fact: I'm a Survivor superfan!
Member Since: 2017
Bio: A mile run in 4th grade gym class revealed how much I enjoy the sport of running. I always ran (it was just so much faster than walking), but the challenge of going as fast as I could for a common distance was both exhilarating and enthralling. I was so excited after the 1st mile, that I did 2 more that same day, determined to run faster. Chasing PRs, competition and my own limits, I continued to run, competing in high school and then for Aquinas College. Since graduating in 2017, I have loved running and training with RunGR. They have been a welcoming community that has continually encouraged me in whatever goal I'm chasing.
Fun Fact: If it weren't for being sweaty, I would still rather run everywhere than walk.
Member Since: 2016
Bio: I began running in 2015 because I wasn't quite happy with the state of my physical & mental health and I wanted to regain the ambition that felt I lacked at the time, so I signed up for my first race - the Grand Rapids Marathon. The work was grueling but I loved the structured training and saw the results permeate into other aspects of my life. I finished the marathon in 4hr 50m and I was hooked! After dabbling with a couple of other running groups, a friend told me that if I wanted to get fast RunGR was the only option. His advice worked! I have since cut nearly 2 hours off of my marathon time and I've connected with an outstanding group of individual who inspire me to achieve more.
Fun Fact: My nickname is DVT. It also stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis, so that's fun.
Member Since: 2014
Bio: At the age of 10 I joined a running club at my elementary school and ran my first 5k race in over 28 minutes. Motivated, I trained all summer and ran my second 5k race in 23 minutes. After seeing the results of hard work over those two races and a short period of time, I was hooked. Since then, running has truly been a lifelong sport. I competed at the state level in high school, graduated from Hillsdale College on an athletic scholarship, and now have my dream career in the running industry. Today I continue to train, race and most importantly, live through the sport. I joined RunGR in 2015 and ever since have appreciated the community, accountability and purpose that the group provides.
Fun Fact: Nick still holds the middle school mile record at Forest Hills Central Middle School and welcomes any current FHC Middle schooler to challenge him for the record: any time, any place.
Member Since: 2010
Bio: I have been running for over thirty years now and a member of RunGR for eight. I started with the group hoping to improve my running. Little did I know that it would also improve my life. I came for the running and I have stayed for all of the amazing people in the group. My training has evolved from running marathons to racing 5k's. The most fun that I have though is in Mike's training; I run those faster than my races.
Fun Fact: I've had to ask Dave Jorgensen to be quiet on long runs because he was talking too much.
Member Since: 2009
Bio: I have been a distance runner ever since I switched from soccer to track in high school. My coach didn't know what to do with me, so he tossed me in a 2 mile event for the first meet and I ended up winning it. I remember thinking how long 8 laps was going to seem, but many decades later here I am! I have run a variety of races, including marathons.
Fun Fact: Half marathons are my favorite distance. When not running, I'm a small farm enthusiast.