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.

Running accomplishments:

  • 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

Favorite races:

  • Los Angeles Marathon

  • San Francisco Marathon

  • Cleveland 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.