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About the Oakland Triathlon Club

When people think of triathlon the word "Oakland" is probably far from their minds. Oakland is filled with triathletes of all abilities that are looking for their own identity. The Oakland Triathlon Club (OTC)was developed to meet that need and is committed to making sure its members have as many resources as possible at their disposal to help them reach their goals.
Our mission is to bring together athletes of all levels and provide a forum for interaction. Our goal is to establish a club that showcases all that Oakland has to offer, is dedicated to helping all members succeed, and is focused on making a positive impact within the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle and by supporting Oakland and the East Bay as we give back to the community.

If you are interested in learning more about the OTC you can participate in any of the group workouts posted in our calendar or on our Facebook page. You can also attend any of our meetings or contact us at:


OTC Leadership Team

Rich is the 
President of the Oakland Triathlon Club and oversees Community Outreach activities. In addition to triathlon, he likes rock climbing and training with his son Spencer. He is also a USAT Level 1 Coach.
Jessica is the Vice President of the Oakland Triathlon Club. She does triathlons to show her seven year old twins that they can do anything they set their minds to. When she's not doing sports she's writing about sports as social media manager of a women's outdoor and athletic apparel company.
Sam is the Treasurer for the Oakland Triathlon Club, as well as the Director of the OTC Juniors Program. Sam is an active triathlete and enjoys training and racing with his wife and two kids.
Betsy is the Secretary for the Oakland Triathlon Club. At the age of 30, Betsy stopped thinking “athlete” was a title that belonged to others and started doing triathlons. When not training, she is often with her preschooler, husband and two misbehavin’ beagles. By day, she helps nonprofits use data to grow and be strategic.
Franny is the Marketing Director for the Oakland Triathlon Club. She started doing triathlons in college with the UC Santa Barbara Triathlon Team. Outside of training, Franny works on community development and advocacy in health and wellness and loves to go climbing.
Monika is the Web Director for the Oakland Triathlon Club. She's entering her third year of triathlons but has been building the web for over 20 years. Don't hesitate to contact her for any website issues.
Membership Liaison Rachel is the Membership Liaison of the Oakland Triathlon Club. By day, she works in IT Asset Management. By pre-dawn, lunchtime, evenings, and weekends she trains for triathlon, bakes, plays music and video games, and tries to keep up with her pre-schooler.
Steve Ashbaker 
Steve, a Partner Liaison for OTC, is a Personal Trainer and a USAT Certified official. He has been racing triathlon for 20 years and has completed two Iron distance triathlons. His favorite race was the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz.
Maya Wolf
Maya is a Volunteer Coordinator for Oakland Triathlon Club. She can often be found trail running or biking up hills. When sitting still, Maya works in nonprofit development to keep pollution out of San Francisco Bay.
Cecilia is a Volunteer Coordinator for Oakland Triathlon Club. By day, she can be found in front of a computer lawyering (or attempting to). In the evenings and on weekends, she can be found running, swimming, hiking, and eating lots of carbs!
Chris Danesi
Swim lead. Chris has been coaching swimming for 20 years at the high school, collegiate, and masters levels. He also competed for Cal State Long Beach. He has been a triathlete for 16 years and is an 8x Ironman finisher, including a trip to Kona in 2014.
Eric Ahearn
Eric Ahearn
Eric is a Swim Lead for OTC. Though he has been swimming for 20 years and cycling for 5, he finally got smart and started triathlons in 2016. When not not training, he is either crunching numbers for a youth sports non-profit, tweaking the mixture for his pulled pork dry rub, or enjoying all the burritos, craft beer, and nature that California can offer to a Midwestern transplant!
Bike Lead
Run Lead
Chris is the Founder of the Oakland Triathlon Club. He is an avid racer and purveyor of good cake.