Todd Janssen grew up in the Midwest, playing every sport possible and ran his first marathon when he was 16. After competing in adventure races for several years, he ran his first ultra, the Mount Hood 50, in 2009 and completed his first 100-miler in 2010. Great beer, coffee and an even better outdoor lifestyle drew him from New York to Portland, and he now feels most at home in Forest Park.
Participating in multi-day adventure races helped him come up with the original idea that launched Go Beyond Racing, a company that provides live race results to allow friends and family to keep track of athletes in real-time from anywhere in the world.
Todd now either directs or times over 40 races each year and is constantly looking for ideas to make races better and more runner focused. He and Trevor Hostetler started the Northwest Mountain Trail Series in 2013 with mountain races in distances between 10K to 100 miles, with the goal of creating well organized races with a low-key vibe that celebrate the true spirit of trail racing.
Trevor Hostetler is the father of two, a husband, a nurse, and a twin. As a runner, he has finished 25 ultras (five 100s) and thinks the steeper the trail the better. He says although he’s a newbie RD, he has the good sense to surround himself with the best company and race directors in the business.
Renee Seker Dirt and sweat; the two things that make Renee happy. A native Oregonian, she started running after college. After tiring of the road and a couple of marathons, she moved on to triathlons and then quickly discovered the sport of adventure racing where she competed in sprint, 12-hour and 24-hour races. After her twins were born, Renee turned her focus to trail and ultra running. You’ll find her at races around the NW, either as a race director (TrailFactor 50K, Portland Trail Series, Stubby Chase) or as part of the NSPiRE crew.
Portland, Oregon-based NSPiRE™ provides race registration, accurate event timing, real-time results reporting and alerts via Facebook, Twitter, text message and email.
A favorite of NSPiRE-timed events are the live results, online as soon as a racer crosses the line, and available on iPads at the race. The free iPhone, iPad and Android NSPiRElive app allows anyone to keep track of friends and family as they compete.