Frank Cortese – Co-Owner / Race Director
Frank is the Head Honcho of Tri-Now endurance. He is a multisport athlete & coach. Prior to coaching & race directing he spent 24 years in the restaurant business as a general then regional manager. His favorite part about race development is finding fun and challenging courses. Many of our racers say: ‘If there is a hill on a course, Frank will find it!” He has spent many years in the event world. Some of the many races he has worked are JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Asheville, N.C., JDRF in Whitefish, MT, Iron Girl, Tour Dallas and USAT Collegiate Nationals 2005-2007. Aside from Tri-Now races, he continues to work as Assistant Race Director at IM 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake.
Debra is the behind-the-scenes coordinator and director of Tri-Now endurance and racing but you will still see her at every event. Watch out – when you see her – you will get a hug! She loves planning events from the ground up and making sure every athlete has an enjoyable day. While not planning and coordinating races, she loves to cook, garden, run and practice yoga.
I started my running career in 2009. A friend who was a marathon runner told me about a 5K class at a local running store and the first class was that night. Fortunately, I worked near a mall where I could by shorts and a shirt. I walked into the running store literally barefoot, bought shoes, and started the class. Seven years later, I have run over 60 races including 24 half marathons and 6 marathons. I also began coaching along the way and am an RRCA Certified running coach working on my Level 2. I made the jump to triathlon in 2014, mainly to cross train, but also to try something new. I’ve come to enjoy the challenge of each discipline as much as I did running.
Lots of people ask me why I do what I do. I have a full time job as a tax director as well as a family, so it is a time commitment to train. As my girls grow up, I want them to see the benefit that sport, discipline, and training have had on my life. Triathlon has definitely taught me to face fears and challenges. It has a way of giving strength to your everyday life as well. As an average age group athlete, the race is more than just the finish line. It’s about what you learn about yourself along the way.
I also have a weird fascination with working on really big outdoor events. I spent several years with an organization that produced large fundraising events where I served as Operations Director & Event Director. The role of Transition Coordinator allows me to bring both of those worlds together. I get to work on events in a sport that I love with a great team of friends who share the same passion for the sport that I do. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Laura Hall – Administrative Coordinator & Registration Coordinator
As our Administrative Coordinator, Laura has her hands in many of the little details that make this company run. If you have raced with us, it is likely you have al,so seen her at a packet pickup trying her best to make sure everyone has a t-shirt that fits and a number that best matches up with their estimated swim time! A triathlete herself, she knows the value of being part of a team that encourages, motivates, supports, and trains with purpose. These are a few of the reasons she loves Tri-Now! As of late she has focused her energies on running and has 9 half marathons and numerous 5 and 10K’s under her race belt. Full time, she is a Regional Recruiter for The Ohio State University but, as if that isn’t rewarding enough, finds her second work home with Tri-Now. It’s all about fun with Laura in both her professional and personal life. Spare time finds her with her friends, hanging out with her pup, and binging on Netflix. #partyhallthetime
Paul Frushour – Operations Manager
Paul has always been around sports and sporting events. From starting basketball in middle school to finding out that tall and skinny is a good combo for cross country, he knew that sports was something he always wanted to be a part of. Paul’s event management career has taken him across the country in a few different directions, but landed in Dallas where he ultimately decided to start running again, and begin competing in triathlons.
When not working or training, Paul enjoys anything funny, typical guy movies and enjoying the great things he is able to.
Marshall King – Swim Coordinator
I’ve been training with Tri-Now for many years and I’ve been Swim Coordinator since 2012. I love it! It’s great to be able to give back to the running and triathlon communities by supporting events, and it’s truly a moving experience to see so many people go out and give their all in competition. I especially love seeing the first timers completing their first swimming event – the look of pride and relief on their faces makes all the work worthwhile. I never knew how much I would enjoy volunteering at races but it is now one of my favorite things to do!
As a runner (as well as triathlete), I have done my time at many many events always grateful for aid stations, signage, volunteers , course maps and yes even porta potties! This role allows me to give back and provide my insights as a participant into what makes an event and specifically a run course fun, efficient but most importantly SAFE for you. My name is Carrie Anspach and I’ve probably seen the good, the bad and the ugly at those many events – and aim to provide only the good to our courses and events. I can also truly appreciate the hard work and dedication that each and every participant puts into their race and I love making it a great experience for them; being there to offer a smile or a word to motivate and sharing the excitement as they approach the finish line.