2018 Board of Directors
2020 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 (7 and 11 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. Next year I’m racing Oceanside 70.3, Half Moon Bay Oly, USAT Oly Nationals and IM Wisconsin. I’m looking forward to 2020 being a very exciting year!
ROB LEW | VICE PRESIDENT
I grew up as a swimmer, however I started racing triathlon my senior year at UC Davis. I fell in love with the sport and loved how I had two new sports I didn't know anything about. After my first race, the Stanford Treeathlon, I was hooked! I've been racing for close to seven years now, and have been very fortunate to race in many different places around the US and the Canada.
When I moved out to SF from the East Bay, I was recommended to check out GGTC. It was one of the best decisions I've made in triathlon and I've been fortunate to meet many amazing people and make some great friends. I look forward to racing with the team in 2019 and making some more new memories!
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 had joined the Oly Training Program where I met some amazing friends and had a chance to get to know more people in the club in a smaller, more intimate setting. By the end of 2016 I was on the board as the Volunteer Director, which I did for two years, and now I'm excited to be back again as the Vice President.
Since joining GGTC, and with the encouragement of all my teammates, I've completed two IRONMAN 70.3 and six Olympic distance triathlons. As Vice President, I'm excited to have the chance to continue to work with all the training programs as well as our incredible Ambassador Team. I love all that GGTC has to offer and I'm excited to once again be on the board for 2020.
ALEX KAZ | TREASURER
I’m a fairly recent transplant to San Francisco, most recently from Washington, DC, but I’m originally from Siberia (really), with stints in Baltimore, NYC, Boston, and Beijing along the way.In the spring of 2013, I had an opportunity to run the Boston Marathon. The only thing was, I had literally never done any running before – no 5K races, no treadmills, truly zip. I showed up for my grad school team’s first training run, and that morning I powered through ten miles. Even though I couldn’t walk properly for at least a week afterward, and though it may not have been the smartest decision I’ve ever made, I made it through. And I haven’t stopped since.
Now, 11 marathons, 3 ultramarathons, and 4 Ironmans later, I’m still at it. I am looking forward to 2020 and am currently planning on competing at Ironman Santa Rosa, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, and Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa with hopefully a few other races along the way.
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 day job in PR keeps me busy. And if I’m not there, I can be found cultivating my vast Scotch Whisky collection, entertaining visitors from Scotland or sampling the best food and drink in the Bay Area with my husband (and GGTC Swim Director), Brett.
In 2020, I’ll be taking part in the club’s Olympic Training Program and racing at IronMan Victoria 70.3 before the big one – my first full distance IronMan in Santa Rosa this July. Please come along to our aid station and cheer me on!
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! I did a couple sprint triathlons in my twenties – growing up as a runner, it always seemed like I wasn’t doing too shabby when you are passing people on the run! Besides some friends’ friends recommending Golden Gate Triathlon Club, it was the only Kick Off Party I could attend last January so it is SO IRONIC that I’ll be planning the one for the team January 2020!
This year has been enlightening from both an athletic challenge and fun community perspective - I did the Olympic Training program with JD and my 3rd Olympic Triathlon in Monte Rio and did the Half Ironman Training program with Cesar for my first Half Ironman in Santa Cruz! I was able to conquer the perimeter swim around Aquatic Park, decipher the training peaks swim/bike workouts, understand the significance of a “bike fit” and pee while biking in a race (not sure if this will be a training clinic in 2020).
You’ll hardly ever find me not working, training or socializing, but when you do I may hanging with family & friends, learning, watching hoops, enjoying wine country or traveling trying to speak broken Spanish. I look forward to seeing everyone of all levels and experiences out there - If you like any of the 3 sports, why not mingle with people you already enjoy something in common with?
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 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. Therefore, 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, andcompassion of fellow club members.
By day, I am a Video Producer at a food-based media tech company, but also have a side-hustle of running my own production company and food blog. 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 looking for the best food spots, etc. etc.
In August 2019, I raced at Boulder, CO Ironman 70.3 and hope to best myself at Victoria, BC Ironman 70.3 in 2020.
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 2020 I’m racing my first full IronMan in Wisconsin and a few run races. I’m excited to see how the year unfolds and looking forward to giving back to the club I love so much!
ROSEANNE HERAS | GEAR DIRECTOR
In 2005, I trained for my first marathon. At 40 lbs overweight, I decided to join TNT and go from the couch to 26.2 miles. That's when this endurance junkie was born!
In 2012, I decided to train for my first triathlon. I had no idea how to ride a bike, nor did I own one. Most people learn as a child. (I never did) Furthermore, my idea of "swimming" was nothing more than a doggy paddle. I didn't even know you had to put your head in the water.
I joined GGTC at the end of 2016 and I can honestly say, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made!! Everyone in this club is incredible and extremely supportive!! I'm inspired and encouraged on a regular basis.
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 2020 season, I registered for Ironman Cebu 70.3 but I am sure this won’t be my only race.
Looking forward to seeing you at our many club rides!
EMMA WHITFIELD | RUN DIRECTOR
I got started in triathlon in 2014 after spending too much time in the pool following a running injury and rediscovering the joy of biking on a rented hybrid that was 2 sizes too big. Over the next couple of years I raced too many sprints to count, 4 70.3s, and Ironman Texas. When I moved to San Francisco 3 years ago, I found GGTC and fell in love with the weekly track sessions and new friends who introduced me to the wonders of cycling in Marin.When I'm not wearing workout clothes, I begrudgingly put on jeans for my job as a data scientist. Outside of sports, I love non-fiction, large dogs, and shipping containers.
In 2020, I'll be racing the Boston Marathon, some olympic triathlons, and my first XTERRA (off-road) triathlon. Looking forward to seeing you all at track or out on the race course this season!
BRETT MANNING | SWIM DIRECTOR
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 crazy excited to be swim director this year and can't wait to organize all kinds of activities as well as facilitate our core program. If you have any ideas of what you'd like to see from GGTC Swim this year please drop me a message!
PAUL ROSAS | VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR
I've been an avid cyclist in San Francisco for the past 15 years and a motorcycle racer the last 5 years. While looking for something challenging to do when I decided to retire from motorcycle racing, my eye turned to triathlon. I attempted my first Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons in 2018. I knew that I was hooked, so I joined GGTC’s HIT (Half Ironman Training) program, which aided me in the completion of 2 Ironman 70.3s in 2019 (Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz). The challenge and accomplishment of multisport distance events have brought a whole new dimension to my love of sports. I'm looking forward to more races in 2020, and I am planning to do a full Ironman in 2021.
In addition to triathlons, I am the Captain of a corporate cycling team with over 40 riders, managing the team’s events and leading philanthropic initiatives. When not on two wheels, I've been a DJ for about 20 years with a deep appreciation for SF arts. As for my work life, I (happily) grind away as an IT engineer at Levi’s.
I'm very excited to meet all our GGTC members at upcoming 2020 volunteer events!
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 2020, 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 three year-old daughter Rocky and changing diapers of my three month-old son Javi.