Tyler was born in Tacoma and did most of his growing up in Hood River, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington. He leisurely ran track in middle school before getting more competitive at Sehome High School. His senior year he was part of first place teams at state in cross country and swimming. After graduating high school in 2009 he attended the University of Washington where he joined Club Northwest his junior year. Ever since "racing" his first tempo with the club, and being well beaten, he knew CNW would be a great place to train and improve.
Waqar joined Club Northwest in June 2015 after moving from Tucson, AZ. He discovered his passion for running after running a local 10K in March 2012 and since then has been a regular on the roads, with some track events recently. He joined CNW for the camaraderie, running with other highly talented runners across different age groups and Tom's coaching. Besides running, he is an avid Roger Federer fan and follows tennis schedule pretty closely.
Nick grew up in Seattle and started running at All Comers with his dad, longtime Club member Phil Welch, at age 10. He was on the Rain City Flyers youth team for several years and went on to run (and later coach) cross country and indoor and outdoor track at Tufts University. When Nick moved back to Seattle in 2013, he joined Club Northwest wanting to continue belonging to a team and representing something bigger than himself when racing. Nick also wanted to help support distance running and track and field in the Northwest.
Drea was born in Albuquerque, NM, but spent the majority of her childhood growing up in the Bellevue and Issaquah area. She began running during junior year of high school on an old treadmill in her garage, slowly working her way up to 3 - 4 miles at a time. Then, a neighbor who also happened to be an accomplished runner, took Drea under her wing and suggested she give cross-country and track and field a try. Following her advice, Drea joined track and XC for her senior year of high school and has been hooked on running ever since.
Drea has been a member of CNW on and off again (due to moving around the country) since 2010. She joined looking for a competitive group to run and train with to improve her racing times. She has not only found great training partners, but an amazing community of people.
Bill is one of the five co-founders of Club Northwest who called the first meeting at the UW Tubby Graves Building on November 20, 1972. The others were UW assistant coach Dan Ghormley (deceased) and three UW steeplechasers Bill Koss, Jim Johnson, and Doug Hansen, who all at one time or another lived at the old Track House in the Montlake District and went 1-2-5 in the Pac-8 Steeple in 1972. Bill got into the sport in high school when the cross country coach at Nathan Hale High School asked on the first day of school in 1965 if anyone who came to the cross country meeting would like to also be manager for the team. Bill was attending the meeting with his best friend, whom with he had been jogging after school to lose weight,. Figuring he was too slow to do anything but finish races, he put his hand up. If only Coach Art Svidran knew then what was in store for Bill!
Kimber grew up in London, Ontario, Canada. She started running when she was 2, but focused on basketball and softball until grade 11 when she joined the London Western Track and Field Club. In 2011 Kimber moved to Seattle to work at The Boeing Company and joined Club Northwest shortly thereafter. She lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter, and basset hound.
Brian is a Northwest native. He started running at Curtis High School in University Place and walked on at the University of Washington for four years of Cross Country and Track. He has never been too far away from the sport but decided about 10 years ago to get in better running shape and joined Club Northwest at that time.
Craig has run over 110,000 miles lifetime and joined Club Northwest in 2010 after moving here from Montana. He loves the opportunities CNW offers to run with athletes whom challenge themselves on an ongoing basis. Serving on the Board is his chance to give back to a sport that's given him a great deal of joy over the years. Plus it's a damn fine color-that orange we wear.
David grew up a mere block from the Lake Young's Reserve. In middle school, it became his goal to conquer the 9.8 mile lake loop. After making that first loop, he became hooked on running. David joined Club Northwest 18 year ago because making the Club cross country team is highly competitive, and during that time has been fortunate enough to run with many dedicated and talented runners.
Volunteering for CNW has helped Saul avoid growing up, which is highly over-rated. He came to the PNW in 1967 as a kid, living in the Bothell, Everett, and Lynnwood areas of the Puget Sound as well as the Juneau and Ketchikan areas of Alaska. Saul first started running in Jr. High because of a crush on a girl on the team. It took him the whole season to reach the required 20 workouts to be able to run in a meet. Eventually, he graduated from Western Washington University (WWU) and worked as an assistant coach there when Bill Roe talked him into running for the board of Club Northwest. Thirty years later and he's still here!
Growing up in Oklahoma, Lana's favorite childhood pastime was running around in the woods with neighborhood friends. In middle school she signed up for cross country simply because it was a competitive version of what she was already doing. After running all four years in college for the University of Tulsa and later moving to Seattle, she wanted a continuation of the same close-knit running community who would continue to infuse her running with a good balance of both joy and challenge.
Spencer grew up in Shoreline, a suburb just north of Seattle. He ran XC and track at Kellogg Middle School and Shorecrest High School, from which he graduated from in 2001. Spencer attended Western Oregon University where he competed in XC and track, graduating in 2006. In 2010 he joined Club Northwest seeking to train with a competitive group of runners and race XC and road races with a team. He considers it nne of the smartest decisions he have ever made.
Meghan began running as a way to stay fit for soccer, but fell in love with running for it's own sake in college. She ran for the University of Washington her senior year of 2004-2005. After graduating, she joined Club Northwest post-collegiately to continue training and running competitively. She has been a member of Club Northwest since 2006 and has served on one of the committees for a number of years prior to joining the Board.