Event Staff

Below are the folks that make events happen!

 Frank Cortese – Co-Owner / Race Director                                                                                                                                                                 581455_10151061073982358_2132139166_n

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 and IM 70.3 Buffalo Springs 2009 – 2017.

Susan Wood – Transition CoordinatorSusan

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.

Lauren Yuhas – Registration Coordinator

LaurenYou can find our Registration Coordinator, Lauren at every packet pickup trying her best to make sure everyone has the right t-shirt size and a number that best matches up with their swim time! You will also see her sticking around after race day pick-up to hand out water, medals or help the race is any way she can.  Lauren is an athlete currently focusing on marathon training.  Full time, she is in graduate school for Occupational Therapy.

Georgia Wagenhurst – Volunteer CoordinatorGeorgia

Georgia came to Tri-Now in 2016, when after 4 sprint tri’s she decided it was time to incorporate coach and a plan into longer distance races. She has since completed 2 Olympic distance tri’s and the IM 70.3 Austin in 2017. She owns and operates dfw Embroidery and enjoys other freelance work involving costume construction.  She enjoys working with groups and individuals to ensure Tri-Now events are staffed with volunteers. Currently, Georgia is training for longer distance rides and runs, with a marathon as her next goal.

Paul Frushour – Operations Support

Paul hasPaul's Pic 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.

703austin1Debra Cortese – Co-Owner / Race Coordinator

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.

Marshall King – Swim Coordinator

I’m an adult-onset athlete who started running in 2003 and swimming in 2009 (sorry, no cycling yet).  As a runner I’ve run every distance from the Beer Mile to 100 miles.  As a swimmer I especially love the open water and have completed several Alcatraz crossings,one swim from San Francisco around Alcatraz Island and back, and also completed the Golden Gate Bridge race, swimming the entire length of the bridge.  I make money to buy running shoes and goggles by heading up the corporate systems team for a global Corporate Real Estate consulting firm; I also serve as the Planning Director for local charity Homeless Nexus.  I live in Richardson with my wife, daughter and an excessive number of dogs.

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!

Operations Support – Jose (Joe T) Torres 

Joe T has been working Tri-Now events for many years. As an athlete himself, he knows the hard work our athletes put into training and he wants to put just as much hard work into the event! Joe began in run coordination and has since moved to operations responsibilities and looks forward to keep growing with Tri-Now events.

Carrie Anspach – Run Coordinator Carrie

As  a runner (as well as triathlete), Carrie has done her time at  many many events – always grateful for aid stations, signage, volunteers , course maps and yes even porta potties!  This role allows her to  give  back  and provide insights as a participant into what makes an event and specifically a run course fun, efficient but most importantly SAFE for the athlete.  Carrie has seen the good, the bad and the ugly  at those many events  – and aims to provide only the  good to our courses and events.    She can also truly appreciate the hard work and dedication  that each and every participant puts into their race and loves 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.

christy bio picChristy Gooch – Administrative Assistant

New to the Tri-Now family and learning a lot. I am a runner by heart but tend to try (and usually fall in love with) any sport someone around me happens to be doing. Marathons are my favorite pastime but I have competed in a few triathlons, bike 150’s, Tough Mudder, you name it. Basically, just love to be outdoors.

I am a computer teacher by trade, so working as the administrative assistant for Tri-Now has given me an amazing chance to blend my career and passion for sports together. I live in Amarillo but you will start seeing me at the races soon. I have been married to my best friend for 22 years, have a daughter at UT and a son at TTU.  Never a dull moment.