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Current Members

Jason Hartzell

 

Founder / President

Jason Hartzell is a 40-year-old business owner in the Lansing area & has been for the past 13 years. He is originally from Kalamazoo and spent a large part of his younger years on his family's farm in Marcellus, MI. His love for running started in middle school when he ran cross country for Kalamazoo Academy. This fire kept burning through high school where Jason represented his boarding school, Wilbraham & Monson, in the class-D Massachusetts State Finals. He competed in high jump, 100m, 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay. After high school, Jason regrettably left the sport of running until about 11 years ago, when he showed back up on the competitive radar. Since then Jason has competed in running, duathlons & triathlons. Seven years ago, seeing the dream of LTT come together was a huge accomplishment. Five year's ago the highlight was watching his 6-year-old son race and win his first triathlon and the very next day racing & winning his own first Olympic distance triathlon! In 2013 he saw the visualization of the dream of LTT come together in a tangible way with the planning & completion of the 1st Hawk-I-Kids-Tri & he partnered with teammate Nathan to start their own nutrition & fitness coaching business, T4 Endurance. In early 2016, Jason started working for a local chiropractic office as their weight loss/ health coach - a move he has wanted to make since graduating with his health coaching certificate in late 2014. When Jason isn't training, racing or working, he enjoys spending time with his wife & 3 children. He also enjoys the great outdoors; including fishing, hunting & camping.

PERSONAL RECORDS

Tri the Creek (1st Olympic Distance) 2012: 1st overall- 2:00:51

Hawk Island 2012: 1st age, 7th overall- 54:45

Playmakers Classic 2012: 1st age, 2nd overall- 1:10:44

Northface Endurance Challenge (1st 1/2 Marathon) 2011: 5th age, 16th overall- 1:40:46

2017 GOALS

My goals for this year include continuing to recuperate from my low back & shoulder injuries & coming back stronger & faster than ever!

Bethany Hartzell

 

Photographer, Webmaster & Support Crew

Bethany is 40 years old and was born in Jackson, MI. When she was just 2, her parents packed her and her siblings up and moved to the country of Panama to do missionary work. She lived there with her family until she graduated at age 18. Throughout her junior high and high school years, Bethany was active in every sport imaginable, although she preferred sports for the team aspect & not for the competition. In 10th grade, after suffering from severe debilitating pain in both knees, Bethany was diagnosed with youth arthritis & chondromalacia patella, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, in both knees. She was advised to immediately stop all activity that put extraneous pressure on her knees or she would require extensive surgery on both. After graduating from high school, Bethany returned to Michigan & became a ballroom dance instructor in the Kalamazoo area. Years later, after moving to the Lansing area, Bethany put her passion for photography to good use when she secured the position as Studio Director for a local well-known photography studio. Currently, Bethany is balancing life as office manager of her family's service business and mom to her 3 kids, almost 12, almost 9 & the surprise baby who just turned one! She also organizes regular events for a mom's group she started at her kids' school 8 years ago. When she's not managing the Lansing Triathlon Team from behind the scenes, she spends her free time photographing friends and family through her business, La Bella Vida Photography, inventing recipes for the triathlon sports bar she and her husband dream of opening one day, canning, making gourmet chocolates & spending time at the family's lake with family & friends.

Ron Alleman

 

Team Member Since 2011

Ron is 58 years old & has been a committed triathlete for 29 years. Of course, this means he has been to pretty much every race around & boy could he tell you some stories! He's also competed in multiple other races during his career, including 1/2 & full marathons and 1/2 & full Ironmans. He works for the City of East Lansing & in his free time he enjoys triathlons, running, cars & auto sports. A fun fact about Ron is that he is an identical twin. So, if you ever find yourself talking to someone that looks like Ron but doesn't seem to recognize you, you might be talking to his twin!

PERSONAL RECORDS

5k: 17:57

10k: 37:52

10 mile: 1:04

1/2 marathon: 1:25

25k: 1:46

Marathon: 3:20

Hawk Island Triathlon: 59:32

1/2 Ironman: 5:49

Ironman: 14:22

2017 GOALS

My goals for this year are to continue to promote LTT, my teammates & our sponsors. I also want to improve my race times where possible & continue to positively promote triathlon to kids & adults alike.

Aaron Bales

 

Team Member Since 2013

Aaron is a 39-year-old teacher at Everett High School in Lansing. Growing up in Midland, he enjoyed being active in recreational soccer and basketball but had no formal endurance sports experience. He was fortunate to marry into a family of endurance athletes and found himself riding the DALMAC, running 5ks & entering a triathlon. After a few years of relative inactivity, he and his friend Cam decided to train for the Lansing Legislator triathlon. This led to friendly rivalries with both Cam & his brother-in-law Sam which pushed him to get serious about training & resulted in increasingly better results. Eventually, Aaron fully embraced the triathlete identity and lifestyle. In his free time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as singing & playing guitar in the rock & roll band Flatfoot.

PERSONAL RECORDS

Hawk Island Triathlon Fall 2016: 2nd overall- 59:44

Dansville Duathlon Spring 2016: 1st overall- 1:14:05

MSU Tower Guard Shamrock 5k 2015: 19:11

2017 GOALS

My goals for this year are to balance family & triathlon, be a great representative of our team & sponsors and help put on two fantastic kids' triathlons in Lansing. I also want to execute a smart, strong race at the Muncie 70.3 this July.

Jason Eagleston

 

Team Member Since 2015

Jason is a 31 year old triathlete originally from Jackson, MI. He is entering his third year in the sport, but competition has always been a major part of his life. Jason began running seriously in 2012 as a way to shed a few pounds and quickly re-discovered the thrill of competing against others and the course. In the cold Michigan winter in late 2012 he started swimming again and discovered the local triathlon community and decided to give a sprint a try. Even before his first event, he was hooked and hasn’t looked back since. After a year of getting his racing bearings, 2014 saw him qualifying and competing in the USA Age Group National Championship, chalking up a 70.3 age group win, and a half dozen other AG wins or podiums. Jason resides in Okemos with his wife Sarah.

PERSONAL RECORDS

Lansing Turkey Trot 5k (2014): 19:11

Capital City River Run 1/2 Marathon (2014): 1:32:00

Bayshore Marathon (2014): 3:16:35

Hawk-I-Tri Sprint Triathlon (2014): 57:06

USAT Age Group Nationals (2014): 2:14:36

MiTitanium 70.3 (2014): 5:10:33

2015 GOALS

I am excited to join the team & pursue LTT's mission to contribute and grow the triathlon community in the Mid-East region & especially the greater Lansing area. I will be competing at both Olympic and Long Course Nationals in August & September in the hopes of qualifying & representing Team USA at Age Group Worlds in 2016.

Zack Weber

 

Team Member Since 2014

Zack is a 26-year-old graduate student. He will be starting a Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2017, hoping to further his knowledge in epidemiology and build on his MS in biostatistics. Growing up in Grand Rapids, he competed in just about every sport imaginable & finally decided to try endurance running. Graduating high school with 2 marathon finishes under his belt, he went on to attend Grand Valley State University where he joined their running club. He continued his distance running with the hopes of someday breaking into triathlon. One fateful day he received a postcard about a local full Ironman triathlon and signed up. This would be his first experience in triathlon. Since then, he has morphed into a triathlete through & through and has completed 5 full Ironman distance races, along with numerous half-iron and Olympic distance races as well. Besides triathlon, Zack enjoys being with family and friends, taking in a good movie, and enjoying an ice cold beer.

PERSONAL RECORDS

Full Iron: 10:30:55

Half Iron: 4:43:21

Marathon: 3:19:18

Half Marathon: 1:35:23

25K: 1:54:43

2017 GOALS

I would like to have strong finishes in my long distance races this year. I would also like to see the athletes I coach continue to gain strength and have massive PRs in the new distances and races they are tackling this year.

Dan Zolkowski

 

Team Member Since 2017

Dan Zolkowski is 60 years old and the Assistant General Counsel for AF Group.  He has been an attorney for 34 years.  Dan & his wife Cindy have been married for 38 years & have resided in Lansing for the better part of 37 years. They have 3 grown children together.  As a youth, Dan participated in multiple sports, eventually focusing on soccer and tennis.  Tennis led him to play in college and tournaments until law school. Dan began triathlon in 1985, following an older brother and sister-in-law into the sport.  His oldest brother was co-publisher of Triathlon Today, based out of Ann Arbor.  Dan has participated in numerous triathlons, including Sylvania, Hubbard Lake, Mark Mellon, Great Lakes Triathlon, Capital City, Lansing Triathlon, Steelhead, Jordan Lake, and Playmakers. In 1990, he gave up triathlon temporarily to focus on his law practice and children.  Dan returned to racing in 2012 but while running the Dexter/Ann Arbor half marathon, he noticed back and hip pain.  The next day he learned that he needed a hip replacement. Notwithstanding this, he still participated at Steelhead in August 2012.  Dan has been active in youth sports as a coach and board member. Currently, he sits as a board member for Cap City Athletic and the Friends of the Lansing Area regional Trails.

2017 Goals

After taking some time to recover from hip replacement surgery in February 2016, I am back to racing and running and am looking forward to my first triathlon in 5 years.

David McGrath

 

Team Member Since 2017

David is a 40-year-old architect in the Lansing area and has been in that business for the past 17 years. He is originally from Bay City and was a competitive swimmer and runner in high school. After college, his focus turned toward work and away from sports and fitness. Years later he found himself on the pool deck with his wife watching his daughter swim at the YMCA. Then out of nowhere a gentleman strolled over and invited David to swim with a triathlon team. At nearly 70 pounds overweight it seemed like a good idea, so he signed up for swim class in September 2012. He participated in a local 5k in the spring of 2013 and he was hooked on races and competing. In June, he added the Hawk Island Sprint Triathlon under his belt and then the Capital City River Run ½ Marathon in September. After the extra weight gone, happily sitting at his college weight, he entered his first marathon in April 2014. During 2015 and 2016 he trained at the local YMCA for various triathlon distances (sprint to ½ iron) and has his sights on an Ironman race in the foreseeable future. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, whether it be on a family trip or playing in the backyard. He is also involved as an assistant coach & parent volunteer with his daughters’ basketball and softball teams.

PERSONAL RECORDS

2014 Lansing Marathon - 4:56:58
2015 Capitol City River Run 1/2 Marathon - 1:49:11
2016 Grand Rapids 1/2 Iron - 6:47:29
2016 Hawk Island Olympic - 2:39:49

 

2017 GOALS

I am thrilled to be a part of the Lansing Triathlon Team and participate in their mission to grow the triathlon community in the Lansing area. I will be competing in 3 Olympic distance and 1 half iron triathlon this season with the goal of improving my times in all disciplines. I hope to be an inspiration for my kids to always try their bests and follow my example with the efforts I put into triathlon training and competing. This year they both plan to compete at the Hawk Island Kid’s triathlon and a local 5K and I can hardly wait to support them in those adventures!

Melinda Grubich

 

Team Member Since 2017

Encouraged by her friends,  Melinda started competing in triathlons in 2009. A newly single mom, she found the strength to persevere from a divorce and the loss of her 5-year-old daughter to Pulmonary Hypertension. In 2012 she became the race director of the DeWitt Take a Breath for PH and Get Moving for MS:  Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kid’s Dash along with her fiancé Steve Rummel.  The race raises money for Pulmonary Hypertension in memory of her daughter Mackenzie and for MS in honor of co-race director Steve Rummel who lives with the disease.  In six years they have successfully raised more than $100,000! In 2014, despite being hit by an F150 truck while riding her bike, Melinda persevered again & became the Tri To Finish Sprint Series Champion.  Melinda has also completed three marathons and two half-marathons.

To learn more about the Dewitt Take A Breath for PH & Get Moving for MS races, go to: www.dewittracephms.com

PERSONAL RECORDS

Tri the Creek 1st Place Overall - 2011

Tri to Finish Sprint Series Champion – 2014

3 Disciplines Sprint Series Champion – 2012

2017 GOALS

My goals for this year are to contribute to the mission of LTT by promoting the sport of triathlon, continue raising money for PH and MS & start racing competitively again in preparation for my upcoming wedding in Bora Bora later this year!

Eric Hannah

 

Team Member Since 2017

Eric is a 42-year-old triathlete originally from Anaheim, CA. This is his 5th year in the sport & second year of focused training with a purpose. Eric attended college in Colorado, where he was a student-athlete participating in football. After college, Eric enjoyed a 5-year stint as a professional football player with the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Toronto Argonauts and Arena Football League’s (AFL) Grand Rapids Rampage. Triathlon initially provided the competition ‘fix’ and motivation to continue a healthy lifestyle but has grown into a full commitment to improve from a recreational athlete to age group competitor. Eric lives in Haslett with his wife, Tammy, and two daughters.

2017 GOALS

I’m looking forward to contributing to the mission of LTT and promoting the sport of triathlon in the Lansing area. I plan to complete my first 70.3 in 2017 as well as improve upon my prior sprint performances.

Cameron Kortes

 

Team Member Since 2017

Cameron is a 28-year-old medical student who just recently married his fiancée, Rebecca. Originally a Greenville, Michigan native, Cameron has spent the last 2 years living in Haslett. In 2013, he made the somewhat nontraditional golf-to-triathlon transition after spontaneously entering his first race.  He survived the experience, & was hooked on the fast-paced, competitive nature of the sport that was unlike anything he had done before. The next couple years were spent learning how to actually swim, bike, and run properly. This propelled him into the 2016 season where he won his first age group at the Bostwick Lake Triathlon and first overall at the Hawk Island Fall Sprint Triathlon. When Cameron’s not training or racing, he spends his time studying, studying, and studying, with an occasional round of golf.

PERSONAL RECORDS

Hawk Island Fall Sprint Triathlon: 59:32

2017 GOALS

My goals for this year are to break a 20 minute 5K, average 1:40/100 yards swimming, bike 1000 miles & pet more dogs.

Jessica Shannon

 

Team Member Since 2017