President: Zach Wiens
Zach is serving his third year on the board and his second year as the President. This will be Zach’s fourth season competing in Triathlons and he has raced every distance from a super sprint to Ironman. He is very passionate about the triathlon community that we have here in Portland and looks forward to helping improve an already amazing club. Zach believes the strength of the club comes from its talented and diverse membership and the individual knowledge and experience that each person brings. When Zach is not racing or training he loves to spend time with his supportive wife and two step children. He is a full time career Firefighter/Engineer for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Zach can be seen at many workouts throughout the week and loves to meet all of the members so if you see him please take a second to say hello and introduce yourself.
Treasurer: Jon Bero
Jon is a founding member, former president and current treasurer of the club. Besides having tree trunk thighs and a great attitude, Jon has helped introduce many athletes to the sport. Jon finished his first Ironman IM Coeur d’Alene in 2012 and will be racing in the inaugural Challenge Penticton in 2013!
Secretary: Erin Bransford
Erin is the current PTC Board Secretary and a fourth year member of the club. Erin has been racing in triathlons for over 10 years and enjoys spreading her love of the sport through encouraging everyone she knows to give triathlons a try. Through her personal passion for the sport and work in the fitness field Erin is proud to say she has supported over 100 people in taking the jump into triathlon. Erin fully believes in the power of community and encourages all PTC members to get involved. When Erin isn’t training she loves watching the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Athletics, and Survivor; taking long walks or hikes with her husband, Kevin and dog, Buddy; and vacationing to Jamaica!
Wyatt has been a member of the Portland Triathlon Club for five years. Wyatt started participating in triathlons seven years ago with the LLS Team in Training group. For three seasons he was first a participant, then a mentor, and mentor captain for TNT and thus have a strong belief in the team concept for athletics. Wyatt’s racing experience includes numerous Spring/Olympic distance races, multiple 70.3′s, as well as Ironman Couer d’Alene. Wyatt also just finished the Marine Corps Marathon in a hurricane thanks to Sandy. As a member of the Race Team he has volunteered at the Portland Mock Tri as course marshal, and volunteered at other local races. Wyatt has a strong belief in what the Portland Triathlon Club is about and looks forward to a great 2014.
Kevin is a pain-cave seeking, 6-year triathlon and endurance sport athlete. He is a current PTC board member and can be seen at many group workouts throughout the season. Kevin will be revamping the club’s track sessions and is anxious for the challenge. He enjoys the good things in life — being with his wife Erin and four-legged son Buddy, carnitas, heavy metal, and beer — and looks forward to meeting more multisport enthusiasts in the upcoming year.
Nearly 10-years ago I parked my truck in a newly mowed field at Blue Lake Park, unloaded my borrowed mountain bike, grabbed my rented wet suit ( I learned the hard way there are different types of wet suits and mine was meant for deep sea diving) and headed over to T1 for my first triathlon. I was surprised that other athletes offered to help me properly set up my transition area and cheered me on as we passed each other on the course. By the end of that day, I was hooked on the sport. In 2008, with several sprint distances under my belt, I decided to join Team in Training and complete an Olympic distance triathlon. The experience had a profound impact on my life. The following year I returned to TnT as a Mentor and in 2011 I had the honor of being one the Swim Captains. I joined Portland Triathlon Club in 2010, but it really wasn’t until last year that I became more actively involved. While training for Challenge Penticton, I acted as ride leader (Ok, maybe “Lead Sweeper” is more appropriate since I rock an average of 14mph on the bike), volunteered as Transition Set up Leader for the Mock Tri, and volunteered at the Portland Triathlon. I look forward to an exciting year with the Portland Triathlon Club.
A native Oregonian, Emily grew up with swimming as her primary sport and it wasn’t until 2005 she was first introduced to the sport of triathlon. After completing her first multisport event in Kona with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Emily went on to finish a handful of sprint and Olympic distance events. She currently has an eye on her first 70.3 and is looking forward to training with many of the PTC members throughout 2014. With a background in public administration and nonprofit management, Emily is currently employed as a project manager for the State of Oregon. She is looking forward to using her personal and professional experiences to serve the PTC board and membership.