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Meet the Epic Races Team

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Eva Solomon - CEO / Owner / Founder

Hometown: Ann Arbor
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Working at Epic Races
What year did you start working at Epic? 2008
What is your superpower?
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Giant Hamster
What is your hidden talent?  I can pick the perfect sized Tupperware container for leftovers every time!
Do you have any pets? Gilli the Goldendoodle and Franny the Bernedoodle
Favorite line from a movie? “You is smart. You is kind. You is important.”
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Thou shalt read “Frequently Asked Questions” before sending an email to Epic Races.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Both
Big Party or Small Gathering? Big Party
Favorite Race and why (Limit to 2 sentences)? Tri Goddess Tri because it’s where it all began!

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Larry Bostwick - Course Director

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Todd Gillihan - Operations Director

Hometown: Chelsea, MI
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Kayaking, Swimming, Painting someone’s house or Farming my chickens, pheasants, and peacocks
What year did you start working at Epic? 2012
What is your superpower? Making things work, correctly
What is on your bucket list? Mountain biking again
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Hamster
What is your hidden talent? I’m a sucker for cheesy arts and crafts
Do you have any pets? 75 chickens, 15 or so Peacocks, a handful of pheasants, a dog
and house cat along with a few barn cats that come around my farm.Favorite line from a movie? “Nobody puts Baby in a Corner!”
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be?  Encourage your parents to move in with you or very near you, well before the need exists.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Mountains or Beach? Beach
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Cardio
Big Party or Small Gathering? Big Party
Favorite Race and why? Wolverine Tri (Ann Arbor Tri), high energy

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Lou Ann Dixon - Operations Director

Hometown: LaPorte, IN
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Training- working at my other job
What year did you start working at Epic? 2015- not sure ask Eva
What is your superpower? At epic it’s merchandising
What is on your bucket list? Go to Hawaii- do another 140.6
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Giant hamster
What is your hidden talent? I am an illustrator
Do you have any pets? Yes, a dog named Maya
Favorite line from a movie? -Mom! Meatloaf!, for two!!!!!(yelling)
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Doubt she’ll not act before thinking
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, coffee, coffee all day long
Dogs or Cats? Duh, dogMountains or Beach? Depends on the time of year
Apple or Android?🍎
Cardio or Weights? Yes
Big Party or Small Gathering? Small gathering
Favorite Race and why? Non-Epic -would be Sell am Zee(Austria), Epic’s would be Swim to the
Moon

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Cheryl Sugerman - Food Director

Hometown: Ann Arbor
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Teaching 3rd grade
What is your superpower? Multitasking
What is on your bucket list? Going to Australia
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Tiny elephant
Do you have any pets? Yes, two dogs
Favorite line from a movie? I’m a middle child,  I assume all the really good moments are for someone else
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Thou shalt not leave empty empty food boxes on the counter
Coffee or Tea? Iced tea
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Mountains or Beach? Beach
Apple or Android? Android
Big Party or Small Gathering? Small
Favorite Race and why? Tri Goddess – where I perfected the Epic peanut butter roll up

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Greg Sadler - Photographer

Hometown: Gregory
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Farming, cooking and engaged in my consulting biz
What year did you start working at Epic? Since the very beginning
What is your superpower? Advanced technology integration
What is on your bucket list? Train tour through the pacific northwest all the way to British Columbia
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Can I be an eagle?
What is your hidden talent? Gourmet chef
Do you have any pets? Tuck, German Shepherd (75%) Australian Shepherd (25%)
Favorite line from a movie? “There’s no crying in baseball”
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Revere children, they are the future
Coffee or Tea? Both (I have had daily tea since the age of 5)
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Apple or Android? Apple (since the beginning)
Cardio or Weights? Both
Big Party or Small Gathering? Either, as long as I cook
Favorite Race and why? Battle of Waterloo, it was one of the first races and it’s simply awesome

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Larry O’Sullivan - Race Crew

Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Working as Suburban CDJRF of AZ & Detroit Parade Company
What year did you start working at Epic? 2014
What is your superpower? Memory
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Tiny elephant. Dumbo so I could fly.
Do you have any pets? Three dogs- a retriever, german shepherd, and pitbull
Favorite line from a movie? “They call it a royale with cheese”
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? They shall do epic …
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Cardio
Favorite Race and why? July 4th Firecracker

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Reese Shasteen - Director of Community and Corporate Partnerships

Hometown: Port Charlotte, FL
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Spending time outside or lost in a book
What year did you start working at Epic? 2023
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Tiny elephant
Do you have any pets? Currently, one goldendoodle
Favorite line from a movie? “What, like it's hard?" - Elle Woods
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Always try to see the best in others
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening
Dogs or Cats? Both! But if I have to choose, dogs
Mountains or Beach? Beach
Apple or Android? Android
Cardio or Weights? Both
Big Party or Small Gathering? Small gathering
Favorite Race and why? The Turkey Trot because I love a good holiday themed race!

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Leah Horvath - Athlete Services and Finish Area Coordinator

Hometown: Detroit
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Gardening, cooking or playing with my three rescue dogs, Sushi, Honey and Mochi.
What year did you start working at Epic? 2023
What is your superpower?: Line management to reduce congestion in finish lines
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Giant Hamster
What is your hidden talent?  I'm forklift certified, and I can flip a single penny with it!
Do you have any pets? Three Shiba Inus (all named after food) and a cat. We have a zoo!
Favorite line from a movie? "Another happy landing."
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Thou shalt remember that thou's procrastination is not another's emergency.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Dogs or Cats? Both!
Mountains or Beach? Beach
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Weights
Big Party or Small Gathering? Small Gathering
Favorite Race and why (Limit to 2 sentences)? Women Run The D - my very first Epic Race that I've ran and worked!

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Haley Maxey - Intern

Hometown: Harrison Township
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: A full time college student
What year did you start working at Epic? 2024
What is your superpower? Definitely multitasking
What is on your bucket list? Hike around the world
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Tiny elephant
What is your hidden talent? Binge reading 400 page books in one sitting
Do you have any pets? A Miniature Pinscher named Oliver, and a Lab named Rama
Favorite line from a movie? “Some people are worth melting for” - Olaf
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Thou shall not leave empty food containers in the pantry.
Coffee or Tea? Neither
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Both
Big Party or Small Gathering? Small gathering
Favorite Race and why? Women Run the D because that’s where I first got involved with Epic!

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Chuck Block - Timing

Hometown: Livonia, MI
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Playing with my Grand kids
What year did you start working at Epic? 2024
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Giant hamster - figure no one is going to mess with a giant hamster :)
Do you have any pets? Not currently but have had 2 dogs and a cat and loved them dearly.
Favorite line from a movie? If you build it, they will come. from Field of Dreams
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Share what you love.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Cardio
Big Party or Small Gathering? Small gathering

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Angela Carron

Hometown: Milan, Michigan
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Community Outreach Coordinator and selling shoes at Gazelle Sports in Northville.
What year did you start working at Epic? 2023
What is your superpower? I'm pretty sure it is that I could run forever, but I'm too busy to try;)
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? A tiny elephant! Have you seen how much fun they have?!?! And I don't think I could handle being in a tiny glass enclosure.
What is your hidden talent? I can replace the toilet paper when it's gone. No one else in my house seems to be able to, so it must be a talent.
Do you have any pets? No, but we treat our neighbor's cat, Pop-Pop, like he's our own. He visits daily:)
Favorite line from a movie? "Take me to bed or lose me forever!"
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Though shall not drive under 75mph in the fast lane.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Dogs or Cats? Both
Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Apple or Android? Apple
Cardio or Weights? Cardiooooooo!
Big Party or Small Gathering? Big Party
Favorite Race and why? Any triathlon! To be able to do 3 different activities in one race is SO MUCH FUN!

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Hometown: Motown mentally and Wolverine Lake physically
When I am not working at Epic Races I am: Swimming, Biking, or Running. Seriously!
What year did you start working at Epic? 2024
What is your superpower? Golf, it is also my favorite therapy.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or giant hamster? Neither actually, I am good with who/what I am. Can’t imagine being slow, furry, and only having four teeth.
What is your hidden talent? Fixing things, learned from breaking a lot of stuff!
Do you have any pets? Chirp and Jacky, the feral kittens turned
rulers of our domain.
Favorite line from a movie? If my answers frighten you, then you should cease asking scary questions. Pulp Fiction
If you could add a commandment to the existing 10 what would it be? Rock life, and leave nothing in the tank at the finish line.
Coffee or Tea? Iced tea for me.
Dogs or Cats? A dog guy in a cat rescue suit.
Mountains or Beach? Mountains that lead to a beautiful beach at base camp.
Apple or Android? Either as I am a recovering tech guy that fumbles through both.
Cardio or Weights? Both with an emphasis on balance and
limiting injuries/boredom.
Big Party or Small Gathering? The full spectrum when it comes to parties!
Favorite Race and why (Limit to 2 sentences)? Akron OH 100 – Where I ran in support of my son to a solid finish for his first 100-mile race. Ironically, it is also my least favorite!

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