A longtime cyclist, John enjoys mixing it up with Triathlon and has been competing in the sport for 5 years. Triathlon is a family sport. You can find him racing with his sister Susie at various races and distances throughout the season. John is also the founder and program coordinator of our kids division – Coastal Tri Kids. His daughter Caroline races several events throughout the year including competing at the national level. John is also Brand Ambassador for our Local Bike Shop and is part of the steering committee on developing mountain bike trails in Richmond Hill. John has been employed in the fresh produce industry for close to 30 years. Though his travels take him many places, count on him to figure out a way to squeeze in a workout while on the road. His motto is Quality over Quantity – do the most with the time you have. This goes for sport as well as life.
Vice President and Training Director
After about 20 marathon finishes Mark needed some cross training, to overcome a few wear and tear injuries. He was encouraged to try a few triathlons in 2017. So last year 2017 he and Brian Baraniak (his partner in crime) did multiple sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and also completed in three 70.3 distance events. At the end of 2017 Mark felt strong, was not ready for his season to be over…confident in his running ability with his running background Mark entered the Panama City Iron Man on 10 days notice and well you guessed it Brian joined him signing up for the event just 9 days before the event. Mark had an awesome race and proved to himself that with a good base training program “anything is possible”. When asked, what races do you plan to do next? Marks reply: “All of them”. Mark ended up his first season of racing ranked as an Ironman Silver All World Athlete (top 5 % in the world for his age group). Now Mark wants to share his training knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with other aspiring athletes and help them hit their goals.
Teri is one of our most experienced triathletes. She completed Ironman Texas 140.6 in May of 2015 as well as some century rides and recently an ultra marathon relay Palmetto 200. She will be competing in the Gulf Coast 70.3 Panama City & Augusta putting her total completions of 70.3 triathlons at 9. Teri has 2 amazing daughters, Micah (21) and Jameson (15). As a school teacher, she’s our sociable girl!
Brian has been a lifelong athlete and started doing doing triathlons in 2014. He has completed 17 races over the past 3 years ranging from sprints to the full Ironman distances. He completed 4 Ironman sanctioned events including Augusta 70.3, Boulder 70.3, Florida 70.3 and Chattanooga 144.6. This year, he is focusing 1 olympic distance race and to PR Augusta 70.3 in the fall. Brian’s daughter, Camryn, is also active in the Coastal Kids Triathlon Club having completed several races over the past couple years. If anyone is looking for an awesome swimmer for their relay team, she is a state champion swimmer!
Membership Coordinator and Secretary
Jake started competing in triathlons in 2016. He has competed in numerous races ranging from sprint triathlons to Olympic distance triathlons. Jake not only competes in triathlons but also runs various marathons and other fun-filled races throughout Savannah and other local areas. He loves the triathlon world because of the challenge it brings as well as the camaraderie.
Website and Social Media Coordinator
Karen has competed in triathlons since 2012 and marathons since 2009. She is a cancer survivor and shows her fighting spirit and love for life in her daily life and when she races. Karen also is a certified Sports Nutrition Specialist and has 2 degrees (BS and MS) in nutrition that comes in handy, not only for her race day but also helping fellow Coastal Triathlon Club members. She has two daughters that love to compete in marathons and other races, raising money to help Wounded Warriors. Her daughters have placed 1st in their division at few races to include triathlons. Karen’s husband is in the Army and when he gets time off they enjoy running marathons together.
Social Events Coordinator
Special Project Coordinator