Joe Jurczyk, Partner – Joe is responsible for event planning and management for Western Reserve Racing. This includes a wide variety of projects such as aid station food and staffing, insurance, and permits, as well as coordinating the volunteer program. He is one of the founders of Burning River 100 and started the Buckeye Trail 50k as a fun run on his 30th birthday. Joe began running in high school and still participates in a race almost every weekend. He has over 100 marathons and 60 ultra-marathons under his belt.
Vince Rucci, Partner – Some of Vince’s numerous responsibilities include sales, sponsorship, course design, and course setup. The night before a race you’ll find Vince on the trails with a backpack full of course markings. Now you know who to thank for all those hills and water crossings! Vince has been organizing and directing races for almost as long as he has been running. The owner of Vertical Runner and father of two, he earned his Business Economics degree from CSU. This ultra-runner strongly believes in the Golden Rule when it comes to business and life in general. Vince’s favorite WRR event is Muddy Paws, part of the Dirty Trail Series. He enjoys the variety of distances including a 2 mile option for your furry friends.
Jim Christ, Partner – After going through a difficult time in his life, Jim found a passion for trail running. Thinking that there might be a need for others to find an active lifestyle with a sense of community, he started Crooked River Trail Runners. With Western Reserve Racing, Jim helps manage and does the timing, registration, finance, marketing, and customer service aspects of the business with a great staff that makes his job easy. Jim enjoys exploring the local parks, on and off trail, and sharing his discoveries with others. The hemlocks and creek in Columbia Run, the bluebells in Furnace Run, and running from Pine Lane to Boston Store continue to be his favorite places in the local park systems.
Kim Lint, Marketing & Customer Service – Kim is the brains behind all the clever emails you enjoy seeing in your inbox! By day she is a digital project manager, by night a Crooked River Trail runner. Kim started running at the age of 45 because “it was good for her” until the Dirty Dirty 12k secured a place for trail running in her heart. Kim recently turned 50 and celebrated by running her first 50k and 5 marathons, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Honolulu. Her favorite place to run is on the Buckeye Trail between Boston Store and Brecksville, and she loves participating in the Burning River Relay with friends.
Dave Kutcher, Lead Timer – Dave’s passion for running and his fun loving personality make him the perfect person to time your event! He has competed in over 75 triathlons ranging from sprint distance to Ironman. While biking is his true passion, Dave loves throwing his training plan out the window (figuratively of course – Dave isn’t a litterbug!) for a long run on the trails of the CVNP. You might find him stopped on the Buckeye Trail near Chippewa Creek contemplating the beauty of nature and planning his next fitness goal. When he isn’t working out like a crazy person, live music and craft beer are his hobbies of choice. He is an active member of the VR Triathlon team as well an RD of the VR Indoor Tri.