Tris4Health (Michigan Endurance Holdings, LLC.), is a multi-sport event management company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For over ten years, Tris4Health has been honored to bring top-notch endurance events to West Michigan. We have had the privilege of witnessing individuals set goals, adopt healthier lifestyles and break their own barriers when they stepped up to our start lines. Our events cater to beginner age-groupers through experienced & elite triathletes while providing an unparalleled racing experience.
The faces behind your races.
As an active member of the West Michigan triathlon community for many years, Jon is focused on ensuring that all participants and spectators have a top-notch race experience, be it their first event or hundredth. Jon’s first race was The Grand Rapids Triathlon in 2012 and he has done every triathlon distance from sprint to full, in addition to numerable running races and marathons.
Jon supported the Michigan race community prior to race directing through his endurance apparel company, Drivn Threads, with race designs and promotional work. As a small business owner and Ada resident, Jon is currently on Board of Directors for the Ada Business Association.
In his spare time, you can find Jon volunteering on the soccer field. He is going into his 19th season coaching his sons in AYSO, where he was also board-member for a number of years. He and his wife Amanda, also a Full-distance triathlete, reside in Ada with their 5 kids, 2 dogs & 2 cats.
Oh, in all seriousness he really loves his wife more than triathlon, but just a little.
In 2011 John signed up for the Riverbank Run to raise money honoring a friend from high school. At the time he was 100 pounds overweight and unable to run for 30 seconds. Fast forward a year and he was down 70 pounds, had successfully completed the Riverbank Run, and raised a few dollars for a worthwhile charity. Like many triathletes he transitioned to multisport as an injured runner and has since completed all distances, from a sprint up to the full. His favorite discipline is cycling, and he can often be found trying to talk his friends into doing questionable things with him, such as signing up for Michigan Coast 2 Coast, a 210-mile one day gravel race across the State.
John is also a USAT Level 1 Race Director. He and his wife Dawn live in Rockford with their two kids and two dogs.
My next race was a half distance followed by a full distance two years later. Needless to say, I was hooked! I fell in love with the magic of race day which is why I joined the tris for health team. I want everyone to love triathlons as much as I do so I joined the amazing team that makes that possible!
I place high value on safeguarding others. As a lifeguard on Lake Michigan, I was taught diligence and focus for life safety. Building on the lifeguarding of my teenage years, I began my career as a Firefighter / Paramedic in 1999, right out of high school. (Read: I’m not really THAT old.) Athletic Mentors encouraged renewing my Lifeguarding certification which led to volunteering as a lifeguard for Tris4Health.
Tris4Health emphasizes safety across their events and the swim portion is no exception. With the support of Athletic Mentors, I’m eager to partner with Tris4Health as their Swim Safety Coordinator. We’ve already implemented improved training for Guards prior to race day, and we will continue to build additional improvements. Working together with local Sherriff’s, Firefighter’s, and Diver’s, we’ll provide a rock solid safe swim experience.
I have always been someone to strive and try something new and have become encompassed in the endurance world and being outdoors. I started running in 2006 with my first race being Fifth Third and then into Ultra Running and then moving onto triathlons with Grand Rapids Triathlon in 2011 and always find myself returning for this race whenever I can. I was able to meet the John and Jon at my first Ironman and build a relationship from there and continuing into completing in several other Triathlons. I have recently expanded onto mountain biking and gravel riding.
I have been active with community awareness for Michigan Special Olympics by participating in polar plunges and being an active member of the Law enforcement Torch Run Central Route. I have also participated with Make A Wish Bike Ride. I am a firm believer in “you get what you put in!”
I am excited for my new role as Bike Courses Lead Champion because my passion for cycling goes well beyond competing in triathlons. I would definitely call myself a bike nerd and others have called me a bit of a bike hoarder. In my spare time I enjoy spending time in my shop repairing and refurbishing bikes. When I am not working on bikes I love riding them on and off the road on some of the nicest trails our great state has to offer.
I look forward to helping with all of your bike course needs and drooling over all of the cool bikes we see at our different events. Life is like riding a bicycle…to keep your balance you need to keep moving…and watch out for potholes along the way.