Age & Hometown: 32 years old, Cleveland Heights, OH
Current resident: Traverse City, MI
Employment: Account Manager at Knorr Marketing, Drummer of pop-punk band The Droogs
Family: Parents: Lillian and Jim Houser, Sister: Kelly Gordon, Fiancé: Jessie Hernden
Years running: 18
Why do you run? The journey…and beer at the end.
Cherry Fest Half Marathon: 1:27:03 PR 7/8/17
Ran a 5 Mile course spelling out “Marry Me Jes” to propose to my fiancé.
1st place in TC Trail Festival 10k Relay 4/21/17
3rd Place in TC Trail Festival 25k 4/22/17
Devil’s Dive Half Marathon 2016: 2nd place overall
Frozen Foot 5-Miler (1/29/16) 3rd in age group, (1/24/15): 2nd in age group
The Great Beerd Run: 1st overall (2015 & 2016)
Traverse City Half Ironman Triathlon: 3rd in age group, 2016
Bayshore Marathon (5/23/15): PR 3:14:40
Betsy Bay Frozen Foot 5k (2/21/15): 1st overall
Resolution Run 5k (1/1/15): 3rd overall, 1st in age group
Harvest Stompede 7-Miler (9/6/14): 4th overall, 2nd in age group
Ludington Olympic Triathlon (8/24/14): PR 2:36:18
Gail Easter Memorial 5k (4/5/14): 2nd overall
Favorite running shoes: Nike Lunar Glide
Los Angeles Marathon
San Francisco Marathon
Traverse City Triathlon
Favorite race distance: Marathon
Running hero: My high school soccer coach
Favorite pre-race meal: Coffee, peanut butter and bread, and a banana.
Goals for 2018:
PR and/or qualify for Boston in 2018 Bayshore Marathon
Participate in multiple triathlons, 50+ mile race and multiple full-marathons
Inspire at least four people to start running
Favorite running quote: Running…For the most part, it’s cheaper than therapy!
Best running advice given to me: Hydration starts the day before. Not the morning of a race!
How do you feel about representing the TCTC by being a TCTC Race Team Member? Blessed. TCTC club has been given me an amazing group of friends since I moved here in 2013. I’m exhilarated to represent a club and promote a sport that I’m so passionate about.