President: Wyatt Hermanson
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.
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!
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.
I am 37 years old with only one year of triathlons under my belt. I have a great understanding of what it takes to run a business and be successful and ever changing. I had my own business in the landscape supply industry for 12 years. I sold retail and wholesale landscape supplies. My motto that I believe earned the respect of many was that I didn’t give anyone a job I wouldn’t do myself. I also learned how to drive a tractor, how to do maintenance on the equipment, and how to buy new equipment. I also have experience with financial’s, budgeting, forecasting, purchasing and payroll. This experience taught me so many things that I take on to my career now as a project manager.
I took up triathlons last year . I love the people involved in this sport and the feeling of being part of a large family. I am a new member of Portland Triathlon Club, but a sincere advocate. I would love to have a chance to help others become more comfortable and involved in this club. I wish to take the fear out of the new members, to get them more involved and learn that this club really does reach out and put it’s arms around each one of us to achieve our own personal bests. I’d also like to hold more workouts on the west side.
I’ve had the chance to volunteer in many events this year and have found that to be extremely rewarding. I now appreciate those cheers so much more in the races as I have been in their shoes.
In April of 2013 I was 350 lbs and could’t walk around the block with becoming short of breath. It was that spring that I began a “couch to 5K” program and ran my first 5K a couple of months later. I never thought I would be able to do a triathlon, but learned very quickly that this sport is a sport for all. In September of 2013 I completed my first race down in
San Diego. I was hooked. I did another race a month (and 75 lbs lighter) later and joined the Portland Triathlon Club at the kick off meeting in 2014. I met my goal of doing ten races this year, including my first Olympic distance event this summer. I have made many new friends through PTC, learned a ton and love triathlon more than ever.
I’n excited to be on the board because PTC has been so great for me as a new triathlete. Joining group workouts can be an intimidating thing for a beginner and I would love to see more people at group workouts who are just starting out. I would also like to see 25+ PTC members at every race in the Portland and Willamette Valley areas.
I am an editorial and commercial photographer in Portland specializing in
sports and corporate clients. I shoot photos of athletes and people in ties as well as weddings and other various things. I am the team photographer for the Portland Timbers MLS team and mainly shoot for magazines and newspapers/wire services around the country. I have two kids ages ten and six. Nothing makes me happier than approaching the finish line of a race and seeing the three of them cheering me on. Both my kids also did their first kids triathlons this summer!