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If you love what you do, you never have to work another day in your life!

Why Racing Events Inc. offers athletes of all abilities, from the elite level to the back of the packers, the chance to successfully train for and complete various types of races including fun runs, triathlons, adventure events and more while raising awareness and funds for important community causes.

We will provide you with the guidance, support, resources and various types of training programs to help inspire you every step of the way.

We believe in fitness, family and fun! We work really hard to give purpose to your training and help you get into great shape. In addition, we focus on including great music, live bands, a party atmosphere, fun post-event festivities and awesome swag bags to make sure your experience is a blast! And finally, we are committed to making our events family friendly and involve the kiddos to help inspire them to a life-long active and healthy lifestyle.

Why Racing Events Inc.

Mailing Address:
2310 E 2nd Street, Suite A
Vancouver, WA 98661

info@whyracingevents.com

(360)574-7292
(360)574-7283 (fax)

Why Racing Events Staff

Sherri McMillan

PRESIDENT / MOTIVATIONAL MAMA

I have been participating in Triathlons and Runs for over 25 years. I love the feeling you get when you cross the finish line, I love training to reach for your best and knowing you gave it all you got and I love the camaraderie amongst participants as we share race stories and a common vision of finishing!

As the owner of Why Racing Events it’s my goal to host events that are fun, family-friendly, safe, organized and provide a positive racing experience for all. You will often see me participating in our events as well as other events around the area – it’s my form of quality control and getting ideas for our races- and I welcome feedback. Let me know what we did well and what we can do better so we can create world-class events.

I have a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, own a Fitness & Training studio and have been helping people adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle for more years than some of our athletes have been born!  No matter what my role, “I believe in achieving dreams, challenging one’s individual limits, training hard and becoming the best that you can be. When you make a commitment and focus your mind on any endeavor, anything is possible. Fitness and racing can make you feel alive and take you beyond your wildest dreams. I couldn’t ask for a better career. To know that I’ve played a small part, directly or indirectly, in helping someone cross the finish line and the positive benefits of that is about as rewarding as it gets.”

If you need to contact me, please email at Sherri@whyracingevents.com

My WHY? To be fit enough to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it! To keep up with my kids. To reach for my best and challenge myself. To enjoy the outdoors. To explore. To stay young. To Run. To Bike. To Hike. To Tri. To Du.

Shantina Fox

EVENT DIRECTOR

I am passionate about helping people find their strength and motivation as they cross the finish line! I have worked in the Event Management industry for over 7 years and I strive to bring a great deal of organization and customer service to all of our events. It’s my goal that our races are safe, fun and inspirational. I have the privilege of working with wonderful fitness professionals, volunteers and athletes. I love reading, snowboarding, hiking, running and going on walks. And of course, spending time with the ones I love.

If you need to contact me, please email me at Shantina@whyracingevents.com

My WHY? To have fun. To host the best events in the area. To give back. To reach for my best.

Andrew Jirik

OPERATIONS & RACE DIRECTOR

Throughout my life, I’ve always loved helping others and being active. I draw inspiration from my parents, who inspire me to always help those around me, and athletes like the Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, and Ivan Zaytsev who drive me to compete at the best of my abilities. I became involved with triathlons during my time at Iowa State University, and since been in love with the high level of perseverance, patience, and drive that’s required. In 2016, this desire to push myself led me to bike ~4,500 miles from Baltimore, MD to San Diego, CA to raise awareness for young adult cancer.
When I am not working, I love playing volleyball competitively, Ironman training, going brewery hopping, and cooking for my family and friends.
Seeing others challenge themselves to go above and beyond, whether it’s for their first 5K or their first triathlon, will never cease to put a smile on my face.

If you need to contact me, please email Andrew@WHYracingevents.com

My WHY? To push myself to be the best that I could be. To support and give back. To challenge others and help them see that they CAN.

Karissa Schoene

MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR

I approach each Why Racing Event as a challenge to give our athletes an experience that they can’t wait to tell their friends and family about and they can’t wait to come back and do it again! With the amazing Why Racing Event team, it is my goal to make sure our athletes feel the WHY LOVE that we all provide.

Having grown up in the Northwest, I am entrenched in this community allowing me the ability to proivide an experience that our athletes have come to expect from Why Racing Events. I love to be part of a team that strives to provide the best racing experience for our athletes.

It is a family affair. I can’t do this without my family around me. From my husband on course, to my family and friends who have volun-TOLDED, to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and athletes, my “WHY” is because I love the people! I love the competitive edge, I love to see people push their limits, I love the environment and I love our community.

If you need to contact me, please email me at Karissa@whyracingevents.com.

My WHY? To keep up with my husband and kids; To teach my kids to be good humans; To enjoy all life has to offer throughout our beautiful countryside and beyond.

Jennifer Lyman

REGISTRATION AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER

Those who can, should!

Our races start with Registration, so every part of the experience is important to me.  My goal is to make every athlete feel like family!  I want to see athletes and families grow into each event, returning year after year because it’s the best event they’ve ever been to and they can’t wait to do it again!

I’m proud to be part of a company that gives back in every way possible, donating time and money to local charities, non-profits, clubs, and schools through every event.

If you need to contact me, please email me at jennifer@whyracingevents.com 

My WHY? Because everyone has the potential for big things, no matter how small they are.  Because I can make a difference.  Because as long as I can run, I will.  Because it matters.

Brianna McMillan

VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR

I have been volunteering at our events since I was 5 years old and have enjoyed taking care of our athletes and helping to create an experience that people love. It makes me so proud to know that our events help raise so much money for our community and I am honored to now be overseeing our volunteer program and fundraising opportunities. My goal is to assist our volunteers so they can be the best support crew ever and have so much fun that they want to volunteer at our events all the time.

If you need to contact me, please email me at Brianna@whyracingevents.com.

My WHY?To be fit so I can feel my best. To be strong so I can tackle all obstacles. To inspire others to reach for their best. To experience many epic adventures.

Shawn Dodd

BIKE COURSE MANAGER

Working hard to bring you an amazing course experience! I love seeing our athletes happy and having a good time showing off their hard work!

I have a strong work ethic and drive. I’ve been working since 11 years old and never steer away from hard work. I was in the Army as an Airborne Ranger for 7 years and saw combat in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. I traveled to 13 counties and 36 states in my service.

When I left the military I focused my efforts on Business Management and lead up to 300 people in 6 states and held leadership roles in major companies and smaller companies!

My WHY? YOU are my WHY! I love WHY Racing athletes – Your smile and wave makes it worth the effort! See you on the course!!! 

George Heiskell

SWIM COURSE MANAGER

I grew up in Texas on a huge lake where I started water-skiing at the old age of five and was taking the boat out by myself by the time I was twelve.   I went into the Army my senior year of High School so I could graduate early.  I spent six years in the Army as a Recovery Specialist.  Not as ominous as it sounds.  Basically whatever the Army could lose, break, or crash, I would go find and recover.  During that time, I fell in love with scuba diving and surfing.  I have actually had a Dive Master tell me that my certification card was older than he was, 1974.  Now days I live in a floating home on Hayden Island and ski, wakeboard, and surf as often as possible.  I took up kite boarding last year but still not very good at it yet, still learning something every day.  Nowadays I am the Director of Engineering and Security at the Hotel Monaco here in Portland.  I’ve worked with several hotels in my 35 years of doing this and have many stories that I am willing to share such as getting to meet three presidents over the years because of my security background.  I look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new friends on this next adventure.

My WHY? Anything water related…Paddle-boarding, surfing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, boating, kite-surfing, scuba diving and just hanging on the water.

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WHY Racing Events Inc.
2310 E 2nd Street, Suite A
Vancouver, WA 98661

Phone: (360)574.7292
Email: info@whyracingevents.com