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Current Members

Jason Hartzell

 

Founder

Jason Hartzell is a 41-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. These days Jason continues to focus on healing several injuries which have kept him from triathlon for the past several years. Additionally, he is pursuing a long time goal of entering the commercial real estate business. When Jason isn't "rehabing" or working, he enjoys spending time with his wife & 3 children. He also enjoys the great outdoors; including fishing, hunting & camping.

2018 GOALS

My goals for this year include continuing to recuperate from my low back & shoulder injuries as well as helping to grow the team and our outreach efforts to the community.

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 13, almost 11 & the surprise baby who is almost two! She also organizes regular events for a mom's group she started at her kids' school 9 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 59 years old & has been a committed triathlete for 31 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!

2018 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 40-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.

2018 GOALS

My goals for this year are to balance family & triathlon, be a great representative of our team & sponsors and help put on fantastic kids' triathlons in Lansing. I enjoy meeting new people through the sport and hope to continue that this year.  From a racing point of view I want to go fast at the shorter distances this year, especially USAT Nationals in Cleveland.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eric Hannah

 

Team Member Since 2017

Eric is a 43-year-old triathlete originally from Anaheim, CA. He has competed in triathlon since 2012.  Eric attended college in Colorado, where he was a student-athlete participating in football. After college, he 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 competitive ‘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 their two daughters.

2018 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 compete in mostly short course events, including Olympic, Sprint and Aquabike 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.

Cameron Kortes

 

Team Member Since 2017

Cameron is a 29-year-old third-year medical student completing his clinical rotations at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. Originally a Greenville Michigan native, Cameron has spent the last 3 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. Last year Cameron married his fiancée Rebecca and completed his first Ironman in Chattanooga. When Cameron’s not training or racing, he spends his time studying, studying, and studying, with an occasional round of golf.

2018 GOALS

My goals for this year are to complete another Ironman, bike 1500 miles, run 500 miles and win my age group in a 70.3 race because I have to go up next year....

David McGrath

 

Team Member Since 2017

David is a 41-year-old architect in the Lansing area and has been in that business for the past 18 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 swimming with the local at local tri club at the YMCA and races soon followed. He participated in running races with 5k - marathon distances. During 2015 and 2016 he trained at the local YMCA for various triathlon distances (Sprint to ½ Iron distances) and currently 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.

2018 GOALS

This year I plan on staying with the Olympic distance in hopes of qualifying for age group Nationals. The two main races on my schedule are Grand Rapids & Caseville. My daughters' will likely be participating again in our team-hosted event, the Hawk Island Kids Triathlon, with the hopes of two more podium finishes.

Kyle Malone

 

Team Member Since 2018

Originally from Holland, MI, Kyle Malone is a 29-year-old business owner in the Lansing area. This is his 4th full season in the sport of triathlon.  Starting at the age of 8, Kyle played competitive travel hockey, which took him all around the Midwest and parts of Canada, nearly every weekend from fall to spring.  When he got to high school, he also started playing on the golf team.  Kyle jumped into the world of endurance sports after gaining a bit of weight and decideing that something had to change.  He settled on triathlon after seeing the Ironman World Championship on tv and then watching his brother-in-law Ben complete Ironman Louisville.  Since then Kyle has completed three 70.3 races as well as Ironman Louisville in 2016.  When he isn’t working or training he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, watersports, hockey, golf, and pretty much anything that is outside and active.

2018 GOALS

My goals for 2018 include competing in more races, staying healthy and injury free, getting faster, and PR'ing at the 70.3 distance.  I'm also excited to represent LTT and our sponsors well, help contribute to local races, grow the sport, and help maintain some of the local biking trails.

Peter White

 

Team Member Since 2018

Peter is a 38-year-old biology professor who teaches at Lyman Briggs College, MSU. He is a passionate educator and has a dual research focus in urban moth ecology and evolution education. In the summer of 2015, he woke up one morning and realized he was out of shape and overweight. So, he bought a used elliptical machine and spent the rest of that summer eating healthy and exercising in the basement. During most of the next year, he focused on 5K's then a friend encouraged him to give triathlons a shot. Peter competed in his first triathlon in August of 2016 and has been hooked ever since. In 2017, he competed in eight triathlons, including his first half-iron distance that October. Outside of triathlon, Pete has two kids, ages 4 and 7,  with a third on the way. He is currently learning how to renovate his basement so that his soon-to-be expanded family has more living space. In his spare time, he… wait… who are we kidding? LOL! Between basement renovations, family time, triathlon training, and his job, he has no spare time.

2018 GOALS

While I love triathlons, I am committed to not making any personal racing goals this year. My goal for this summer is to spend quality time with my family and to be the most supportive and caring dad that I can be, as my wife and I welcome our third child. If my summer includes races and personal best times, then fantastic! If not, that’s ok too.

Carolyn Walz

 

Team Member Since 2018

Carolyn is a 41-year-old insurance professional whose career has allowed her to live in Traverse City, Michigan, Missouri, Florida and North Carolina. In 2014 she moved back to her home state of Michigan & settled in the Lansing area. Growing up in rural Lenawee County, Carolyn graduated from Hillsdale College, where she and her triplet siblings were all members of the track and cross-country teams.  After college, Carolyn continued competing in road races and was eventually drawn to triathlon when she watched her older brother race. She competed in the Clark Lake Triathlon, fell in love with the sport and doesn’t miss her days of being solely a runner. In her minimal spare time, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews.

2018 GOALS

I am looking forward to joining the Lansing tri community and helping promote and grow the sport locally.