Team Leaders

2017 Winter Team Leaders

***25k/Half Marathon***

8:30+

Nick Clark

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My name is Nick Clark and this will be my 3rd time as a team leader. The best part about being a leader is watching runners finish their first race, achieve their goal time, or just reach the level of fitness they never thought possible. In my spare time I do Pizza things, Border Collie stuff, and Beer. I can usually be found at DeBoer’s following a long Saturday run… recovery tradition. I absolutely hate cold weather, and am still in denial about running in the winter, but at least there will always be Pizza and fellowship. I love meeting new people too, so come say hi if we haven’t met yet!

Chase Hoffman

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I enjoy long walks on the beach…I really do. I enjoy being outside playing sports, running, and hiking. I am a big advocate for Pure Michigan, I love living and traveling in our state. I am a loyal University of Michigan fan, so you will not find me in Ohio. I am looking forward to running with everyone this winter and encouraging others to reach their goals. I look forward to meeting everyone on the course! #keeprunning

8:30 – 9:30

Sam Sniegowski

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Hi Everyone! My name is Sam Sniegowski and this will be my second year participating in the Winter Run Camp. I’m so honored to be a team leader this time around and am very much looking forward to meeting all of you!
I have been running for a number of years now. My first experience with long distance running was back in 2009 – I was a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program. It was such a great experience, both in terms of building strong relationships with my teammates and knowing I was raising money for a great cause. Not to mention that it enabled me to run my very first marathon!
Outside of running I just love being with friends and family. I love spending time outdoors with my husband, Phil. We both love to hunt, fish, and boat on Lake Michigan. I also love to stay active in other ways besides running – I strength train, play volleyball and softball, love to work in my garden, and try to water ski whenever an opportunity arises. I also have two fur babies – my dog, Daisy (who sometimes joins me on a run) and my cat, Ozzie.
Besides supporting all of you in your journey to achieve your goals, one of my personal goals for this season is to set a new PR for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon.

Bryan Gras

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Hi, I’m Bryan and I’m hoping to be a group leader.  I’ve been part of the Gazelle group several times over the past five years both as a runner and a leader.   I’m currently struggling with an injury and hoping to be cleared to run very soon.  I have two grown children and a wonderful four year old grandson – just ask me for a picture.   I’m one of those who rediscovered running AC – after children.  I’ve rediscovered the joy of setting goals and putting in the miles to achieve those goals.  What I’ve most enjoyed over the past several years is getting to know people in this training group and the Holland running community.  Runners are awesome.

9:30 – 10:30

Jim Hendricks

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Hi, my name is Jim Hendricks.  I have been running for about a year and a half now.  This is my second time around at running, as I first began running when I was teenager in middle school, and then giving it up shortly after college.  You could say that life got in the way, and unfortunately, running was pushed aside!  I wanted to get back into running because of the health benefits that it brings, and the ease of being able to go running just about anywhere, anytime.  No membership needed!  I have to admit that I have definitely caught the bug, and am now addicted to this activity.  During the 2016 season, I ran my furthest distance ever, and completed two half marathons.  I’m looking forward to the 2017 season, as I target my first full marathon.

Erin Rylaarsdam

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I started running in 2009 running my first 5k and after crossing the finish line I was hooked. I have since run over 20 half marathons and I have signed up for my 6th and 7th marathons this year!  I have learned so much about myself and the world through running, but the best thing I have gained is so many friends that share the same passion I do. If I can do this anyone can!  If I am not training, I am hanging out with my husband and two kids, or teaching kindergarten.

10:30 – 11:30

Julian Arredondo

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Hi my name is Julian Arredondo and I am the team leader for the 10:30 – 11:30 pace group. I have been running with Gazelle Run Group for about 9 years and this is my 2nd season as a team leader. My goal this season? To help you achieve your goals.
A little bit about me…I have been married to my wife, Jerrie, for almost 19 years. We live in Zeeland with our 3 boys Bryce (17), Mateo (14 and who is training with Gazelle for his 1st 25k) and Gabriel (8). Thing I do when I am not running? Work at Padnos, volleyball, hockey, biking, and golf. That is when I am not cheering on my boys running cross country or track.

Barb Johnson

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Hi, my name is Barb Johnson is this is my third time training with the Gazelle Winter Running Camp, my third Riverbank and my second Gazelle Girl. I began my journey through the encouragement of my friend Chris Wennersten, wanting to challenge myself and do something that was out of my comfort zone.  Through that first year, I learned a lot about myself and found that the mental challenge of conquering negative thoughts and self doubt was as great as the physical challenge. My leaders and new friends in running group supported and encouraged me all the way and celebrated with me with every new milestone and PR. I continue to be inspired and motivated by the people in running group and my desire now is to pay it forward and walk (run) along side you, to support and encourage you in any way I can and celebrate with you when we cross the finish line.  I’m looking forward to a great year, new friends,new experiences and LOTS of time to talk and get to know each other on those long Saturday runs!

11:30 – 12:30

 Nicole Timmer

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I got into running about 6 years ago when I coached Girls on the Run at our local elementary school, which I did for 3 years.  It was a great experience watching these young girls gain self confidence when they completed their 5K run at the end of the season.  I started out running a few 5K’s and 10K’s after that and decided to run my first 1/2 marathon before I turned 40.  I joined Gazelle’s Run Camp program in 2015 and it has helped to keep me accountable.  It’s much easier for me to run with a group than alone, and I have made some great friends.  Outside of running, I enjoy spending time with my family on our blueberry farm.  My goal this season is to encourage all the runners I have contact with and to not focus on finish times but finish lines.

Miki Foster

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