About Us

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.

For information on vendor opportunites at specific events and sponsorship opportunities please contact us at sponsors@whyracingevents.com or please click on a button below and complete the information form. We’re always happy to discuss the possibilities of creating a win/win partnership with you!


Why Racing Events Inc.

Mailing Address:

1108 NE 146th Street, Suite J
Vancouver, WA 98685
(360) 314-4682


Why Racing Events Staff

Karissa & Rod Schoene


We 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, we are entrenched in this community allowing me the ability to proivide an experience that our athletes have come to expect from Why Racing Events. We love to be part of a team that strives to provide the best racing experience for our athletes.

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

If you need to contact us, please email us at Karissa@whyracingevents.com or Rod@whyracingevents.com.

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

Jennifer Lyman


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.

Brock Schoene


I grew up at WHY Racing Events and love the atmosphere of our event venues.  I am so excited to be part of making the athlete experience as amazing as possible.  WHY provides so many opportunities to connect with our community, supporting local beneficiaries at each event, I take pride in connecting our local volunteers to our athletes.   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 Brock@whyracingevents.com

My WHY? To better myself by taking care of my body and mind through running.  The more opportunities I have to clear the air and connect with nature, the better I feel and the more I have to offer my family, friends, and community.

Marla Stone


I began trail running in my 30’s and drifted to triathlons when I “grew up.”  My love for being in the outdoors in a variety of conditions and sports culminated in beginning to work for WHY racing events.  My joy is to assist in creating the best event experience for athletes of all skill levels.  It is not always winning the race but completion or improving racing times from prior events.  WHY Racing strives to provide an amazing racing experience while simultaneously raising money and awareness for our beneficiaries’ causes. The WHY Family is a reality – we care about you, the athlete, and the community around you.

If you are interested in becoming a beneficiary at our events or volunteering on behalf of any non-profit (or your own personal race credits), please email me at Marla@whyracingevents.com

My WHY? To encourage others to test their limits and to enjoy what every day has to offer.  To be an example to others that you can continue to accomplish and grow and appreciate your pursuits. 

Richard Jessup


I grew up in San Diego, CA where I learned to love the ocean and an active lifestyle. I started working triathlons and running races in the late 1980’s and immediately fell in love with the industry. I’ve worked for many race companies throughout my career and found a home with Why Racing Events in 2015.  Two of my five daughters (Sydney & Chloe) also work at Why Racing Events.  When I’m not working events you can find me at home in Arizona by the pool, on a road trip to the beach or exploring life with my family.

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

My WHY? To make my family proud by creating long lasting events that contribute to people’s happiness and wellness.


Jim Mitts


I have always been involved in running. It started in grade school when I participated in AAU Junior Olympics and continued through High school. I also participated in various indoor and outdoor sports throughout my adult life. I got more involved in road races and found Why Racing Events to be a great race experience and eventually started working with them in 2021.

I truly love seeing race participants competing but especially in our multi sport events.

If you need to contact me, please email me at jlmitts55@gmail.com



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To have fun while being involved in the running community.


Chloe Jessup


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



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John & Joleen Skarberg


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Ella Schoene


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Sydney Jessup


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Jim Thomas


My WHY? I have a personality that requires lots of interaction with people. I also love leading a runner who says he just had a personal record. I take a lot of pride in making sure all the runners are back safely. Why Racing Events is truly one of my “Happy Place” moments. Plus, I get to meet a lot of cool people!


Rob Druffel


My WHY? My Why is for my mental and physical health along with connecting and spending time with my family, friends and running communities. I also work for an elementary school and promote youth physical movement and individual & team sports participation.


Paige Stepaniuk


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Mollie Miller


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Brandi Damos


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Miranda Gonzalez


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Kayden Gonzalez


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Elijah Padilla


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Ezekiel Padilla


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Mack Nicholson


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WHY Racing Events Inc.
210 E. Fourth St, Suite B
La Center, WA 98629

Phone: (360) 314-4682
Email: info@whyracingevents.com