President: Zach Wiens
Zach is serving his second year on the board and will be filling the big shoes that Becky and many others have left behind as the PTC’s President for 2013. This will be Zach’s third 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.
Secretary: Cindy Thompson
Cindy joined PTC as an adult-onset athlete January 2011 and participated in her first sprint distance triathlons that season, followed by her first half-Ironman, Vineman 70.3, in 2012. Cindy also serves as the Membership Chair, a board position she held in 2012, and is always thrilled to work with our members, both new and existing. She is excited to complete her first full Ironman distance event in 2013, Ironman Tahoe!
When not training for triathlon, Cindy is a career firefighter paramedic as a Captain with Gresham Fire and Emergency Services. In addition, she is vegan and has a great interest in learning about the nutritional aspects of endurance sports, and happy to share with interested others. You can follow her blog, Cindy T is for Triathlon, about her introduction and continued experiences in triathlon, adventure racing, and vegan nutrition.
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!
Becky is a mom to a cool one year old, a recreational triathlete, an Iro(Wo)man, a Biology Professor, and loves mud. She have been running competitively for twenty-six years and has been competing in triathlons for seven. Becky has been a member of the club for four years and this is her third season serving on the board of directors. Originally she joined the club for training advice and motivation and through the years has made many long term friendships in the Portland Triathlon Club. Becky was the 2012 clubs President and dedicates many volunteer hours to the club because she supports its mission and believes her work is appreciated by Portland’s growing triathlon community. Becky loves the positive attitude that pervades our tent at events, loves the cheers she gets when she wears her club kit, loves the support she feels from our sponsors, and loves the overall support that she feel from this community that we have co-created. Come join us
Wyatt has been a member of the Portland Triathlon Club for four years, and has been a member of the Race Team the last three years, as well as served as leader of the race team for the 2012 season. Wyatt started participating in triathlons six 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 leading the race team again in 2013.
Carolyn Sykes has been a runner since childhood and just finished her 4th season of triathlons. She has completed a 70.3 and a full Ironman distance race in that time. Last year she met a life-long goal of completing the Boston marathon. This year Carolyn is expecting her first child, who she looks forward to running with this spring. She is a teacher and loves to get kids motivated about running and exercise in her free time. Look for her at Pain in the Park!
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.