They may not be as fast or beautiful as their “teammates” on the ‘A Team’ Brooks Beasts Track Club, but the SRC-Brooks team take care of business in their own way, on their own schedule, and each to their own abilities.

The SRC-Brooks team is a annually-updated cross-section of running disciplines and talents. They receive support from our club as well as Brooks Running, and in return they give back in the form of volunteer work on local trails and at many local races. The team members are chosen on the strength of their running résumé as well as their commitment to our club and to supporting the growth of running in our region. These runners can be found on a track, on a road, on trails, and everywhere in between. Meet them below!

Meet the Team
⇩⇩

Erik Barkhaus

Erik Barkhaus

Hometown: Whitefish Bay, WI

NICKNAME

Barky

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

There Will Be Blood

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Any run when everything is going the right way.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Breaking my leg on a casual shakeout run in high school.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When my legs feel like bad for like…no reason.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Take your easy days easy.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Never run slower than 7 minute pace if you want to get faster.

FAVORITE FOOD

Cheese.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Debating whether or not the last couple bites of my granola bar will come back to haunt me.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Squash.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Procrastinator.

HAPPINESS IS _____

When the sun is out on the first 60 degree day of spring in Seattle.

FAVORITE SRC MEMBER

Uli

LEAST FAVORITE SRC MEMBER

Probably Joe Creighton cuz he made me do this.

Joe Creighton

Joe Creighton

Hometown: Chico, CA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@jayaresea / Website

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Goat

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Sack Lunch

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Tie: meeting Greg Crowther; meeting Jodee Adams-Moore.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Entire second half of my first three marathons.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Watch how the high school runners pace themselves and do the opposite.

FAVORITE FOOD

Indian

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Carbo unload.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Sometimes my chest hair pokes through my shirt AND my sweater!

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Friend.

HAPPINESS IS _____

Van Morrison.

Martin Criminale

Martin Criminale

Hometown: Seattle, WA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@itsmartin / Facebook / Website

NICKNAME

Anthony Bourdain (just because of my hair…)

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Rabbit

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

The Long Walk

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Watching my wife finish her first half marathon.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Trying to finish my first half marathon.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When all these elite/killer fast guys list all kinds of injuries/training deficiencies/excuses regarding why they won’t perform well prior to the gun going off and then they crush it anyway. Egos…

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Remember why you started (running in general, this race, etc.) and have fun.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Late in an ultra when someone yells, “You’re almost there…!” Because you never are.

FAVORITE FOOD

Yes

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Eating.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Exposing myself to more UV radiation than anyone else. Not such an easy task in Seattle…

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Food Critic

HAPPINESS IS _____

Forgetting how hard that last ultra was and planning to run another.

Marlene Farrell

Marlene Farrell

Hometown: Leavenworth, WA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

Website

NICKNAME

Marlene Manatee; Mamalene

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Rabbit

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Touching the Void (I don’t mean to sound too dramatic. It’s just that running gives me perspective and hope and clarity.).

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

When I qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials (my 2nd time qualifying) at the Eugene Marathon in 2010. The first qualifying race was fantastic too, but the 2nd time I had worked very hard, my whole family had come to watch the race, I struggled in the last miles, thought the time was slipping out of my grasp, only to realize I did make the time by 44 seconds (a 2:45:16).

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Running after my sister died. Running helped me get through, though sometimes I felt empty, like an automaton going through the motions.

RACING PET-PEEVE

Races that start in the middle of the day (like XC Club Nationals). It probably benefits some runners, but I am a morning person and want to be racing by 8 or 9am latest.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Do a variety of running. I have the most fun when I mix up where I run, the
speed I run and whether alone or with others as much as possible each week. It keeps me interested and also varies my workouts.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Assuming someone else’s training regimen will work for you. Everyone has different needs, strengths and weaknesses.

FAVORITE FOOD

Strong coffee, berries in season, peanut butter

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Pigtails, warm up run (the shorter the race, the longer the warm up), dynamic stretching, try not to talk too much.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

I can bake some killer focaccia and bagels.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Novelist (hopefully some day)

HAPPINESS IS _____

Family adventures.

Jennifer Giffel

Jennifer Giffel

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@JenniferGiffel / Facebook

NICKNAME

Giff or Giffy

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Goat

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Running on the beach at sunset.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When I try to pass someone and they move into my path.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Hard work = results.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Run through the pain (when injured).

FAVORITE FOOD

Indian

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Coffee and a banana.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

I can do the worm.

Justin Houck

Justin Houck

Hometown: Seattle, via Spokane

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@justinhouckrun / Facebook / Website

NICKNAME

Hawkeye

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Ox

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Gone With The Wind

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Running over the Merzouga Dunes in Morocco. The was probably the purest moment of running that I’ve ever had and was the jump start to getting back into running.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

I had a college career ending injury during my PR in the steeplechase. This diminished any hopes of becoming an All-American.

RACING PET-PEEVE

People fighting for position during a fun run.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Take easy days easy.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Run in Vibram Five Fingers.

FAVORITE FOOD

Beer. And yes, beer is a food.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

I need a good cup of coffee. Hand picked, shade grown, and expertly roasted Guatemalan cherries is what I prefer.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

I’m a furniture maker.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Travel photographer.

HAPPINESS IS _____

Relaxing with my wife after an extravagant meal and my favorite bourbon in hand.

Destry Johnson

Destry Johnson

Hometown: Chewelah, WA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

Facebook

NICKNAME

Smooth Operator

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Chinese Ant

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

“Destry”, 1954 – “In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry, son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom arrives, he isn’t exactly the swaggering he-man the sheriff had in mind. In fact, Destry doesn’t even carry a gun. But the new deputy’s mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, as Decker and the other locals soon discover.” – IMDB

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Having a good excuse to jog easily around Alaska instead of endure the pain of 5 x 2k loops at the Lower Woodland Park PNTF 10K.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Freezing in Alaska instead of running at Lower Woodland Park PNTF 10K. Also, missing out on the first SRC PNTF victory in a very long time.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When teammates ask me to answer these bio questions mid-surge.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Run a lot…so much that you don’t have time for questionnaires.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Test out Nike Free’s on the soft beach sand in California. Hip injury.

FAVORITE FOOD

Anything that is orange and reminds me of Club Northwest. Mmmmm…

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Run a few miles. Confirm that I’m more photogenic than 99% of the other racers by smiling in the port-o-potty mirrors.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Prompt bio email replies…SHHH! it’s something I’m still keeping a secret!

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Boeing CEO, I’d totally clean that place up like Mullally did Ford.

HAPPINESS IS _____

Not caring too much about any of this and lacing up the shoes everyday.

Keith Laverty

Keith Laverty

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

Facebook / Instagram

NICKNAME

White Lightning. Others include K-Lav and K-Love.

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Fire Rabbit

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Safety Not Guaranteed

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Winning the individual and team title at the 2007 NIRCA XC National Championship in Bloomington, IN with the UO Running Club. It was one of the most painful XC races of my career but well worth it.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Getting bronchitis the week of my high school XC team’s KingCo 4A championship going from a 16:10 5k from the previous week to 19+ minutes. This cost the team a berth in the XC State Championship. This was a big bummer after we worked so hard together over the fall and summer, putting in mileage and the work.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When the course marshall sends you the wrong way.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

“There’s someone out there training and getting better right now when you’re contemplating even running just because of a little rain.” In general, don’t use bad weather as your common excuse. Other solid advice: Listen, and I mean, LISTEN, to your body.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

“Even though you’re injured, just jog that road marathon.”

FAVORITE FOOD

Chicken bibimbap. Otherwise, anything with berries or fresh mango.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Drinking a cup of joe, warm-up, drills and strides. Otherwise, just staying relaxed and being grateful that I’m healthy enough to compete in what I am most passionate for.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Reading, writing, and (some) speaking Spanish.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Table tennis player.

HAPPINESS IS _____

Running free and enjoying the present moment, preferably with a beer in hand.

Arthur Martineau

Arthur Martineau

Hometown: Renton, WA

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@ultrakingarthur / Facebook / Website

NICKNAME

King Arthur

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

(sigh)…Goat

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Second Wind

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Finishing on the track in Auburn, Ca with my 3 children just after midnight.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Breaking my toe on a small rock in the beginning of the summer.

RACING PET-PEEVE

People with GPS watches telling an RD to change a course that is short or long.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

“You can do it!”

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

“Running is bad for you.”

FAVORITE FOOD

Little Debbie’s Nutty Bars.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Port a Potty, check in, Port a Potty, hydrate, Port a Potty, pin on race number, Port a Potty, start!

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Dancing and Judo but not necessarily in that order.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Motorcycle mechanic.

HAPPINESS IS _____

A thin ribbon of pine needle and dirt trail through a lush green forest.

Matthew McClement

Matthew McClement

Hometown: Bellingham, WA

NICKNAME

Clem

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

The Galloping Horse

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Monsters Inc.

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Any sunny run through the Olympic National Park!

RACING PET-PEEVE

Only one available bathroom for the race 🙁

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Never stress!!!!

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Plank offs are not a measure of abdominal strength, it’s about how much you want it.

FAVORITE FOOD

Sweet potatoes, mmmmmm!

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Start the warm-up with a peanut toffee buzz bar, and 5 minutes before the race think of all the important people in my life.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Slack lining.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Aspiring fly fisher. If that didn’t work out, a professional dish washer.

HAPPINESS IS _____

A tall stack of chocolate chip waffles after a hard run!

Anna Sexauer

Anna Sexauer

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

Website

NICKNAME

None, though if I could pick one it would be ‘Beatrix Flash Kiddo.’

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Dog

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Sharknado

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

The first time I made it to the top of the Interlaken ‘soul crusher’ trail without feeling like I needed a medic.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Realizing mid-run I shouldn’t have had that banana smoothie for breakfast.

RACING PET-PEEVE

Long lines for the bathroom.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Never underestimate an epic playlist or moisture wicking socks.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Drink a banana smoothie before your run. You’ll feel great.

FAVORITE FOOD

Tacos. Lots of tacos.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Coffee and Clif bars. Post-race is beer and burritos.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Cat wrangler.

HAPPINESS IS

Unlimited chips and salsa.

Trisha Steidl

Trisha Steidl

Hometown: Seattle (Leschi, to be exact)

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

Facebook

NICKNAME

Depends on who you ask. I’m “Rosie” to some, “Coach” to others, “White Lightning” to many. OK, so I’m just kidding about that middle one.

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Dragon!

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Run, Fatboy, Run

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Most recently it was finishing 4th at Chuckanut 50k with a PR (wearing my only-worn-once-before Cascadias – don’t try that at home) despite having a bunch of crap going on in life and not feeling ultra prepared (see what I did there?). It was my first ultra in 9 years and I tried two new things during the race and it all panned out. It was great crossing the finish line and getting a big hug from my husband, Uli, too.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

DNF at White River due to my back seizing up to the point I could barely walk (I was nicely carted back to the finish line and there the med folks worked on my back and then I was fine…argh!). That or missing the Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the marathon by a mere 17 seconds when the elite water tables were set up so stupidly that I had to stop to find my bottle more than once (since that experience, I no longer use elite water tables).

RACING PET-PEEVE

Guys drafting on me/using me as their pacer and then outkicking me at the finish, like I was even actually racing them. Seriously guys, it’s no great feat to beat a lady that you’re obviously faster than and at the same time too lazy to do your own work. At least work together if that pace is actually tough for you.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

You can’t run a marathon that fast. Spurred me to work my butt off and I sure as hell did run that fast!

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Not sure. I usually ignore advice that seems bad.

FAVORITE FOOD

The Steidl special salad.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

I don’t really have one. I eat breakfast, warm up, go to the bathroom multiple times. Same as most everyone else.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT:

I’m fairly musically inclined.

HAPPINESS IS

Exploring new places (ideally in mountainous regions) with my husband and my dog.

Lance Thompson

Lance Thompson

Hometown: Seattle, WA via West Jordan, UT

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@RunninLance / Facebook

NICKNAME

In college, people called me Vinny.

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Dragon

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Hunger Games

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Setting an 18 second PR and winning a steeplechase at Husky Stadium to qualify for DII Nationals.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Getting two stress fractures at the same time.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When someone in the crowd cheers for the person racing next to me by saying that they will beat me.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Make goals, then go after them.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

“Just go out as fast as you can and see if you can hang on.”

FAVORITE FOOD

Giant tortilla Wraps, pizza, Thai food, tacos. Calories! Please give me more calories!

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Air kicks to loosen up the hip flexors.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Posing for JC Penney catalogs.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Salesforce Administrator. Wait, I’m not nearly pro at all!

HAPPINESS IS

Having fun with your family and friends. Also, post-run feasts.

John Wallace III

John Wallace III

Hometown: Ishpeming, MI

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@jhwiii / Facebook / Website

NICKNAME

Wally, J-Dub, J-3

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

Dragon.

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

Forrest Gump

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Tie between today’s run (keeping the streak alive ≥ 1 mile since 12/31/1989) and finishing Run Across America, Washington to Georgia, in 2007.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Writhing in pain on ground outside of apartment in Maryland after first ‘ultra’ training run of 35 miles. Fueled with only a cinnamon raisin bagel and 32 oz of Gatorade. Many lessons learned!

RACING PET-PEEVE

Why doesn’t anyone sweat as much as I do while running?

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

There is some terrain, event, distance, or challenge out there that will speak to you. Go find it!

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Take a day off.

FAVORITE FOOD

BBQ

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Crumpling up my bib number before pinning it on.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Microsoft Excel

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Photographer.

HAPPINESS IS _____

Family.

Evan Williams

Evan D. Williams

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

TWITTER? FACEBOOK? WEBSITE?

@guanderer

NICKNAME

None related to running. Perhaps Quadzilla?

CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL

I think Tiger, but I feel more like a Guan.

DESCRIBE YOUR RUNNING STYLE WITH THE NAME OF A MOVIE

The Big Legowski

RUN HAPPIEST MOMENT

Running off the Lake Washington docks, post-tempo run.

RUN SADDIEST MOMENT

Loop 4 and 5 of PNTF XC 10k at Lower Woodland Park, Seattle.

RACING PET-PEEVE

When heel-strikers claim they are forefoot converts just because they bought a minimal shoe.

BEST RUNNING ADVICE

Drink lots of smoothies.

WORST RUNNING ADVICE

Run a marathon.

FAVORITE FOOD

Avocados.

PRE-RACE RITUAL

Wake up late, warm up too early, run 1/2 a mile, stand around. Occasionally some flat Coca-cola.

SECRET (NON-RUNNING) TALENT

Unicycling.

IF YOU WEREN’T A NEARLY-PRO RUNNER, YOU’D BE A NEARLY-PRO

Microbrewer.

HAPPINESS IS _____

Really nice?

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