2018 Board of Directors
2021 Board of Directors
KIMI UEDA | PRESIDENT
Prior to joining GGTC in 2017, I was an avid runner and soccer player until a knee injury sidelined my soccer career. As one who can never sit still for prolonged periods of time, I had to find another way to stay in shape. So I hesitantly took up swimming to fill this void. After struggling in the pool for what seemed like years, I finally found comfort in the water and decided to tri. My first triathlon was the 2017 Santa Cruz Oly. I was determined to finish the race even if I had to crawl past the finish line. Unfortunately, that almost came true as I crashed my bike at mile 21. But, with an endless supply of high fives and cheers from my GGTC teammates, I finished the race, bloodied, but on top of the world! And because of that, I’m still racing!
GGTC is an important part of my life and defines who I am and who I want to be. Through the club I’ve found cheerleaders, teammates, travel buddies, best friends and a family in SF. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to give back to the club I love so much.
When I’m not doing any triathlon related activities, I’m the mother of two soccer players (9 and 12 years), who are both avid fans of GGTC! At any given workout you may even get to meet them. In my spare time, I’m a Medical Science Liaison, which supports my tri addiction. This year I’m hoping to race Oceanside 70.3, Half Moon Bay Oly, USAT Oly Nationals and IM Wisconsin. 2021 is going to be a very exciting year!
ANGELA KOFAHL | VICE PRESIDENT
I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old, and for the following two decades you could find me on the field either playing or coaching. I never tired of the training, competing, being part of a dedicated team, and sharing the sport with others. In college I discovered long distance running, which became a whole new love affair with endurance sports. Today the training and racing is just part of what multi-sport has become for me - it is my foundation for staying strong and healthy, fulfilling my love of adventure, and most importantly what has fostered some my most cherished friendships. In 2021, I'm honored to be working with the Ambassador Team, with Cesar and the Long Distance Program, planning to race Santa Cruz 70.3, and run Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon.
JEN PROCTOR | SECRETARY
I dipped my toes into triathlons in 2014 when I completed my first tri doing the "Tri for Fun" sprint triathlon with a friend. I had virtually no training and no clue how a triathlon worked. I borrowed a friend's mountain bike that was two sizes too small and asked around in transition where on my swimsuit I was supposed to pin my number.
I've come a long way since that first triathlon and joined GGTC in January 2016. In June of 2016, I joined the Oly Training Program where I met some of my closest friends in the club and had the opportunity to get to know more people in the club in a smaller, more intimate setting. By the end of 2016 I joined the Board as the Volunteer Director, and now I'm excited to be back for my 5th year on the board, this time as your Secretary.
Since joining GGTC, and with the encouragement of all my teammates, I've completed three IRONMAN 70.3 and numerous Olympic distance triathlons. My real passion these past few years on the board has been working with the Oly Training Program and what was formally the Women for Tri, now Womxn Tri Together, Training program. I'm excited to have the opportunity to once again work with Coach JD on the Oly program and to have the chance to work with our new Womxn Tri Together coach Megan Tobin.
I love all that GGTC has to offer and I'm excited to see what we can do in 2021!
SARAH WEIDMAN | SWIM DIRECTOR
The water has been my happy place ever since I can remember, whether it was riding the waves of the New England waters or racing free style in high school.
Inspired by my aunt and wanting an excuse to not go out on a Saturday nights, I signed up for a triathlon in 2004. The sport stuck! Since then I have completed every triathlon distance from a super sprint to an Ironman, with the swim of course being the best part, sprinting into the water and finding calm among the chaos.
Triathlon has taught me about resilience and perseverance. The community at GGTC continue to inspire me through their generosity , kindness, and bad-ass athleticism. They even get me out on a Saturday night occasionally (pre-pandemic).
In addition to joining the long distance program this year, my goal this year is to also build my tolerance in the open waters in hopes to swim long distances sans wetsuit.
As swim director, I hope to inspire and get as many of you in the water as possible and provide opportunities for all to participate at whatever level you may be.
CRAIG MACLELLAN | MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
I moved to San Francisco in January 2018 as a keen cyclist and an OK-runner. I joined GGTC for two reasons – to find something to focus my efforts on outside of work and to meet people in the Bay Area (making new friends in your 30s is HARD!). Joining GGTC is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel in the best shape ever and have made a fantastic group of friends.
When I’m not swimming, cycling or running, my pandemic-era job at Whole Foods keeps me on my toes. And if I’m not there, I can be found cultivating my vast Scotch Whisky collection, filling our "salad drawer" with beers, or sampling the best food and drink in the Bay Area with my husband (and GGTC Treasurer), Brett.
2020, as for most of us, was a complete washout. I'm not going to make any predictions for 2021 but would love to get back to racing. And celebrating afterwards!
JORDAN MCCARTHY | SOCIAL DIRECTOR
I moved back to the Bay Area in November 2018 and knew in my second SF stint it was my chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do - join a triathlon club! Kick Off Party 2019 sealed the deal so it is SO IRONIC that I’m in charge of the club’s parties!
Now hitting my two years with this great community, it’s amazing to think that I would never have dreamed of swimming a perimeter loop in Aquatic Park before this! I’ve enjoyed the Olympic Training Program, Long Distance Programs (and first Half Ironmans!), and Triathlon Lifestyle programs. The accountability and support network to working out and getting outside especially during covid definitely has helped keep me sane!
You’ll hardly ever find me not training, socializing, or working at my start-up, but when you do I may be enjoying wine country, traveling trying to speak broken Spanish, or spending time with my boyfriend, also a GGTC member :wink:. I look forward to seeing everyone of all levels and experiences out there - If you like any of the 3 sports, why not have some fun with people you already enjoy something in common with?
IF IT’S SAFE GET READY FOR BIG 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY THIS YEAR!!
ARIEL SULTAN | COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
When looking for my next outdoor challenge after thru-hiking the John Muir Trail (200-miles in the Sierras) in August 2017, I stumbled on the sport of triathlon after talking to a friend/triathlete who was a member of GGTC. Although I consider myself athletic (once-upon-a-time a competitive tennis player), I had no background in swimming, biking, or running. I knew it had to be my next challenge.
I signed up for GGTC and the OLY program to train for Wildflower Olympic Distance in 2018. Ever since, I have been intrigued to push my boundaries and wowed by the athleticism, grit, and compassion of fellow club members.
When I am not training for a triathlon or participating in GGTC events, you can often find me juggling (too many) other hobbies such as chasing snow in the winter, mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, traveling, cooking, and searching for the best food spots.
In August 2019, I raced at Boulder, CO Ironman 70.3 and hoping that 2021 allows us to race again!
MARC MORGAN | SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
As a transplant having lived many places around the world, I can’t say that I am “from” any one specific place. What remained consistent throughout these travels was my passion for running and being active. I started to view running as less of a challenge, but more as a lifestyle that became the norm.
In 2018, landing in San Francisco I set out to make some friends and find a new challenge. I stumbled across the world of triathlon from a former pro and became hooked with taking on this new feat that would push me to my limits physically and mentally.
I am so thankful to have found GGTC as it has provided me a not only a place to officially call home, but countless friends who I consider my family.
During the day, I’m a wealth manager and fill in any extra time by moonlighting as an entrepreneur driven by helping and teaching others.
In 2021 I’m hopefully racing my first full Ironman in Wisconsin. I’m excited to see how this year unfolds and looking forward to giving back to the club I love so much!
RÉMY CHIAPOLINI | BIKE DIRECTOR
I grew up playing soccer like every French kid. I was introduced to road running when I was 16. I completed my first marathon when I was 21.
After moving to the Bay Area in 2015, I started trail running again. I wanted to accomplish more and bring the endurance challenge to the next level. I saw several of my friends doing triathlons and thought that it could be a perfect fit for me. I did breaststroke all the way for my first triathlon and called for help several times as swimming was new to me. I raced on a rental bike and finished dehydrated because I knew nothing about nutrition and electrolyte drinks. But I completed the race and got totally hooked up to the sport.
I joined GGTC in 2017 just after my second triathlon. GGTC stood as the obvious choice as they are the largest and oldest club in the Bay area. GGTC is able to offer me the training routine and coaching I need. GGTC has a great community of members and the social aspect is absolutely fantastic.In 2018 I completed my first Half Ironman. In 2019 I completed my first Ironman in Canada. For the 2021 season, I am registered for Ironman St Georges 70.3, Ironman Cebu 70.3 and Ironman Callifornia.
Looking forward to seeing you at our many club rides!
STEPHANIE PETERSON | RUN DIRECTOR
Hello! I'm Steph, a GGTC member for 4 years, ambassador for 2 and an enthusiastic repeat participant of the training programs. GGTC members and coaches are incredible and I am excited to serve as your Run Director. In 2021 we have opportunities for new and seasoned runners to challenge themselves on their own terms and in completely new ways. Post run euphoria is for everyone and I want to help everyone find it!
BRETT MANNING | TREASURER
Growing up I was a stereotypical math geek who’d feign injury to get out of gym class. In 2013, after 5 years of post-grad studies, my sedentary ways had started to take their toll and I realized that I had to make some big changes or risk my mid 20s being my middle age. The only physical activity I’d ever really enjoyed was cycling. So I started to ride to work, adding a little bit of extra distance where I could and slowly over the course of 2 years I managed to drop a third of my body weight.
Being more active felt great and the more I did the more I wanted to do. I’d always been terrified of running so I set my self a challenge of a doing the Edinburgh half marathon. My first ever ‘race’ and in the summer of 2016 I finished this thing I’d once thought impossible. Then, one cold November night, over a couple of drinks some colleagues and I dared each other to sign up for the inaugural Edinburgh 70.3.
Triathlon was a revelation and I haven’t looked back since. I moved from Edinburgh to San Francisco at the end of 2017 and joined GGTC shortly after, since then have done two Full Ironmans and several Olympic tris (If you want to hear about the pros and cons of doing it in that order I suggest we grab a beer after a work out! ) . Joining GGTC was instrumental to me and my husband settling into life in SF- in fact my husband also ended up on board despite having only taken up triathlon last year!
I am very excited to be take over as Treasurer this year, as the club turns 30 and despite Covid we are incredibly strong both financially and in terms of membership. I hope to build on this strength, allowing the club to offer members more and protecting the club for the future. All being well I plan to do the St George 70.3 and Coeur d'Alene full this year, and if the real races don't happen there's a very good chance I'll wild cat them myself anyway!
KELLY TRAN | VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR
I turned to running and indoor spin classes as a way to stay active after college athletics, but said I would never do a triathlon because I hate swimming. When I moved to San Francisco, an alumna from my high school (and former GGTC member) encouraged me to check out the club’s Women For Tri program and I found myself signed up for my first race shortly after in the spring of 2018. Swimming 90% backstroke after a small panic attack in the water, I finished determined to race the next one faster.I completed the Oly program that fall and raced a number of 70.3s the following year. For 2021, I’ll be racing St. George 70.3, 70.3 Worlds and hoping my BQ time holds so I can finally run a live Boston Marathon. Nothing beats training and racing with the support of the club and I'm excited to see what 2021 has in store!
FELIX RIESEBERG | WEB DIRECTOR
When I moved to San Francisco in 2013, I didn't quite feel like joining another sports team – I had spent years of my life in various swimming squads and was quite alright with training by myself. It took multiple 70.3 races and signing up for a full Ironman before I finally came to my senses: Doing this by myself is silly. I only joined the club in 2019, but it's the best thing I've ever done in my sports career. There's no class or gear you can buy that's as effective or fun as having a family of enthusiastic athletes to train, race, and celebrate with.
When I'm not swimming, running, or biking, I'm working as a software engineer in the city, showing around tourists from Europe, or camping in one of the amazing national parks here.
In 2021, I'm racing 70.3 Taiwan and 70.3 Oceanside in the spring followed by Ironman Wisconsin in the summer.
CHRIS DOUGLAS | EX OFFICIO
I've been a member of GGTC since 2012. During my time in the club I've served as swim director, ambassador team member, club president and now in my second stint as ex officio. I've participated in every type of triathlon that there is to race and have dabbled in ultrarunning, ultracycling and swim-run events. These days I spend my days stargazing with my four year-old daughter Rocky and changing diapers of my one year-old son Javi.