In 2011 John signed up for the Riverbank Run to raise money honoring a friend from high school. At the time he was 100 pounds overweight and unable to run for 30 seconds. Fast forward a year and he was down 70 pounds, had successfully completed the Riverbank Run, and raised a few dollars for a worthwhile charity. Like many triathletes he transitioned to multisport as an injured runner and has since completed all distances, from a sprint up to the full. His favorite discipline is cycling, and he can often be found trying to talk his friends into doing questionable things with him, such as signing up for Michigan Coast 2 Coast, a 210-mile one day gravel race across the State.
John is also a USAT Level 1 Race Director. He and his wife Dawn live in Rockford with their two kids and two dogs.
Jon’s two passions are design and triathlon. By combining these together, he is excited to be transitioning from triathlete to race director. As an active member of the West Michigan triathlon community for a number of years, Jon is focused on ensuring that all participants and spectators have a great race experience, be it their first or tenth. He is a full distance triathlete, in addition to being a runner up through the marathon distance, as well as a USA Triathlon Level 1–Certified Race Director.
Jon has supported the Michigan race community through his endurance apparel company, Drivn Threads, with race designs and promotional work. As a small business owner and Ada resident, Jon is on Board of Directors for the Ada Business Association.
In his spare time, you can find Jon volunteering on the soccer field. He is going into his 19th season coaching his sons in AYSO, where he was also board-member for a number of years. He and his wife Amanda, also a Full-distance triathlete, reside in Ada with their 5 kids, 2 dogs & 2 cats.