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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

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: info@oaklandtriclub.com.

OTC Leadership Team

  • Michelle Draeger

    PRESIDENT: Michelle Draeger

    I am a one-person digital marketing department for a team at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. I've been in the triathlon game for 15 years and have competed in races of all distances, including two full/Iron distances. I also enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, and going on adventures with my husband Todd and goofy dog Austin.

    president@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Chicora Martin

    VICE PRESIDENT: Chicora Martin

    I work in student life at Mills College in Oakland, CA. I have been in the Bay area for just about 2.5 years. I did my first triathlons in Oregon where enjoying training in the rain is a requirement. I love traveling, volunteering, hiking, and exploring all the great things the bay has to offer with my partner, Alla and puppy dog Jupiter.

    vicepresident@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Kay Dawson

    SECRETARY: Kay Dawson

    Lured into triathlon in 2012 when living in Paris, purely for the novelty of swimming in the Seine....came back to it in 2017 and now addicted. By day, I work in operations administration at Cal Berkeley, enduing my OCD by ticking things off the never-ending To Do List. By night, I am training to compensate for all the cake and donuts I eat.

    secretary@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Catherine McGuire

    TREASURER: Catherine McGuire

    Professionally, I am the CFO for the San Francisco Police Department. Personally, I found triathlon as a way to stay fit and (hopefully) ensure mobility and health into my elder years. I like to go to live music, playing music, and DJs music and is starting to create/produce my own music.

    treasurer@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Steve Ashbaker

    ATHLETICS DIRECTOR: Steve Ashbaker

    I am a Personal Trainer and a USAT Certified official. I have been racing triathlon for 20 years and have completed two Iron distance triathlons. My favorite race was the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz.

    partners@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Daniel Delph

    SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR: Daniel Delph

    I did my first full Ironman over a bet for a six pack (-: I got the endurance itch and I got it bad.

  • Cecilia Han

    VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Cecilia Han

    I'm a lawyer by day, and burning the midnight oil on everything else at night. I started running three years ago, got hooked, dipped one small foot into the world of triathlon, and then got REALLY hooked. When I'm not working or training, I like to eat, cook, binge on Netflix, and have good old fashioned nights on the town with friends that involve food and a beverage or two or three...

    volunteer@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Monika Hoex

    WEB DIRECTOR: Monika Hoex

    I’m a freelance front-end web designer. I picked up triathlons in 2014 after cheering a friend on during her first race. I had just learned to swim and it seemed like a fun way to put swimming into practice and try something very new. I enjoy cooking, hitting up museums, visiting with friends and trying out new restaurants, movies, video games, concerts, and getting out on my bike.

    web@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Erica Hruby

    COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Erica Hruby

    I started doing triathlons to add three new sports to the list of activities I'm super into but can’t choose between (others include lifting, climbing, and social justice/environmental/animal rights activism).

    communications@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Shay Hutchings

    MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Shay Hutchings

    I am currently a Recruiter for the U.S. Coast Guard and has been in the service since September 11, 2000. I did his first 70.3 after promising a friend he wouldn’t let him do it alone. And four years later, I continue to be a part of the triathlon community and is always looking to meet new people and help other triathletes in the community.

    info@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Chris Danesi

    SWIM LEAD: Chris Danesi

    I have been coaching swimming for 20 years at the high school, collegiate, and masters levels. I also competed for Cal State Long Beach. I have been a triathlete for 16 years and am an 8x Ironman finisher, including a trip to Kona in 2014.

    swimlead@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Eric Ahearn

    SWIM LEAD: Eric Ahearn

    I am a Swim Lead for OTC. Though I have been swimming for 20 years and cycling for 5, I finally got smart and started triathlons in 2016. When not not training, I'm either crunching numbers for a youth sports non-profit, tweaking the mixture for my pulled pork dry rub, or enjoying all the burritos, craft beer, and nature that California can offer to a Midwestern transplant!

    swimlead@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Eduardo Neal

    RUN LEAD: Eduardo Neal

    runlead@oaklandtriclub.com

  • Chris Van Luen

    FOUNDER: Chris Van Luen

    Chris is the Founder of the Oakland Triathlon Club. He is an avid racer and connoisseur of good cake.