Board Members

Grand Poobah – Peter B

flyingirishrunningclub@gmail.com

Background:  Love the Flying Irish & love running!  The people, the routes, the post-run beer, the vibe and excitement and the acceptance of all.  I’ve run and or some call it “competed” at about every distance from the 100 meters (say-it-slow “Half Fast” Ultimate Runner) up to 100 milers.

Year Joined the Flying Irish: 2005

Favorite Flying Irish Route:  You know, that one with a downhill finish and no jay-walking.

Running Shoes: Generally, a light-weight neutral Brooks model but have run in most brands and just started in a pair of Hoka Cliftons.  That plus sometimes snow boots as it can depend on the variables of the day.

Running Highlights: Met my wife post-race!  That plus I love seeing walkers become runners, runners become marathoners etc.

Favorite Running Race:  I will race no more for ever but I am in training to watch the Boston Marathon in the spring when the saps run(maple syrup joke in New England).

Membership Director – Donna Drake-Husick

membershipdirector@flyingirish.org

Background:  A friend invited me to run with the Flying Irish for the first time as inspiration for our Triathlon training. I had no idea what to expect. What I found was a group of some of the most amazing, friendly and supportive people who have now become some of my most beloved friends! Thursday is my favorite day of the week!

Year Joined the Flying Irish: 2014

Favorite Flying Irish Route:  The Hill Run. It’s very challenging and has a beautiful view of the city from the top of the cliff.

Running Shoes: Newton

Running Highlights: My first half marathon at the Priest Lake Spring Festival in May 2015. Prior to that event, I had never considered running any distance more than the 12K Bloomsday run. Once I joined the Flying Irish and running became more of a constant in my life, I was excited to discover I could run longer distances! I am now so proud that I am able to accomplish something that had previously seemed impossible for me! Since that first spring day in 2015  I have participated in several other half marathons including the Rock n Roll half in Phoenix Arizona, a favorite of mine! This year I am training for my next accomplishment; my first full marathon!

Favorite Running Race:  One of my favorite running races locally is the River Run. I love the cause and the location is beautiful! I have yet to run the race because I have enjoyed volunteering, but I plan to participate as a runner soon!

Treasurer – Grant Birch

treasurer@flyingirish.org

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Sponsor Liaison -Jim Palm

sponsorliaison@flyingirish.org

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Secretary – Robert Teal

secretary@flyingirish.org

Year Joined the Flying Irish: 2012

Favorite Flying Irish Route: 7 bridges

Running Shoes: I’ve got some big shoes to feel 🙂 Really though I’m not super particular. Loved running in my Adidas boost and just this last year trying my first pair of brooks. At the same time loving the comfort of Altra shoes and may work to handle the Zero drop shoes.

Running Highlights: : In middle school and high school i never really clicked with other sports, but seemed to like running. I wasn’t very good, and students thought i was crazy but regardless loved it. I stopped running till my friend told me about this running group. And caught my former running bug again. Since then my craze has grown to half marathons. Maybe one day i will go from half crazy to full 🙂

Favorite Running Race: Dirty Although i just about died during it and have only ran it once i would have to say the Windemere half, the views are amazing the whole route looking at the river and wildlife. Nothing like a beautiful view to keep you distracted.

Volunteer Coordinator – Tom Crisp

volunteercoordinator@flyingirish.org

Background: There were a bunch of wacky athletes running through downtown Spokane, the Flying Irish, and I knew I must join them.  It was great to find so many established friends in the club, and many more friends have been made.  Please say Hi to someone you don’t yet know.  Join us to support other athletes on their runs–volunteer for course support–it’s great fun.  This running club is hugely motivating for me–thank you, Irish Athletes!

Year Joined the Flying Irish: 2011

Favorite Flying Irish Route:  River Run (Peaceful Valley)

Running Highlights:  Relay enthusiast–a 36 hour party, with occasional running duty.

Favorite Running Race: Spokane to Sandpoint 200 mile relay–DO IT!

 

Long-Term Member Representative – Naomi Erdman

liferrep@flyingirish.org

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Newbie Representative – Sammy Hite

Newbierep@flyingirish.org

I’m excited to be a new board member this year

Year Joined the Flying Irish: 2018

Favorite Flying Irish Route: Gonzaga route

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Running Highlights: Running my first marathon, retiring my first pair of shoes, and pushing my little one in a half marathon.

Favorite Running Race:  Spokane Marathon.

Local Endurance Club Representative – Aric Trantum – Beers & Blisters

localclubrep@flyingirish.org

Background: I ran Cross Country for one year at Mead high school for the great Pat Tyson. After taking about 20 off I started running again to train for Bloomsday 2012. I have continued running ever since.

Year Joined the Flying Irish: 2012
Favorite Flying Irish Route:The River Run
Running Shoes:  I wear a variety but my favorite now are Saucony Freedom ISO

Highlights:  Running in the USATF Cross Country Club nationals. It was my first team Cross Country race since high school and I got both my 5K and 10K PR’s.

Favorite race: Sundae Sunday 10 miler because it is the distance my running club (Beers & Blisters) trains for all year long.