2019 PTC LEADERSHIP TEAM
Alex Shewczyk - President
As President of PTC, I plan to create a truly supportive community of athletes who vary in age and ability level, unbounded by individual goals. Whether you are training for Sprint or an Ironman, I want to make PTC a place you can call home. A family of athletes who can rely on each other.
As a team, we have a great opportunity to step up and give back to the community. As president, I plan to create a series of events that would focus on team building as well as fundraising, giving back to local nonprofits whose missions align with ours.
My second goal is to educate our community of athletes. From nutrition workshops to running clinics to basic bike maintenance, there will be resources available for every athlete.
My third goal is to bring more women into the sport of triathlon with women’s only clinics and information sessions.
When I’m not participating in triathlons, you’ll find me at my day job, as Marketing and Communication Manager of Bike Pittsburgh. Every day, we work to transform our streets and communities into vibrant, healthy places by making them safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk.
Ed Schmiech - Secretary
My love for the sport of triathlon started with my first sprint triathlon at Moraine State Park in 1983 – or maybe it was 1984 – so long ago I can’t remember for sure. Over the next 10 years I competed in numerous races around the Pittsburgh area as well as several out-of-state 70.3’s before taking a hiatus from the sport ~1993 to focus on family and career priorities. Those were the early, grass-roots, low-tech days of triathlon. When I returned to triathlon in 2010 I was amazed to see how drastically the sport had changed!
Over the past 6 years I have enjoyed the many benefits of Pittsburgh Triathlon Club membership, the most important being the opportunity to befriend many fun and inspirational people who share a love for the triathlon lifestyle. My PTC friends have become trusted training partners and have inspired me to challenge myself far beyond what I would have ever done on my own. It has been a joy to train and race alongside fellow PTC members.
Since joining PTC I have been a frequent participant in club activities and have volunteered my services to the club in numerous ways. This year, as the club’s Vice President, I look forward to working with the other officers to promote multisport and provide welcoming training, educational and social opportunities for club members.
Dustin Wehler - Treasurer
After a competitive running career that started in the mid 90's and extending through college at St. Bonaventure University, and now as a full time working adult i found myself propelled into triathlon about 5 years ago. Today, I find myself wanting to give back to the community that has given me so much. I have chosen to do this by running for treasurer of Pittsburgh Triathlon Club.
My race resume includes countless 5k, 8k and 10k running events, 4 full marathons and 3 half marathons, numerous Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and 4 half iron-distance events, including the Savageman 120. My personal sweet spot is the 5k and the sprint tri, but if find myself entering more and more 70.3 distance events. May someday I'll go after the full. Additionally, as an age-grouper I was a swimmer specializing if the sprint events. Cycling is my favorite discipline, but they all provide a challenge to me.
After an abrupt finish to 2017 suffering a broken collarbone in a late July event, I look forward to rebounding for a positive 2018 campaign.
Laura Gailey Moul - Vice President
My career in multi-sport began with adventure races which led to my first "official" triathlon (the Jackie Kallal triathlon) in 2012. Since then I have competed in many local races, including the Mighty Moraine Man which really introduced me to the sport of triathlon - we are fortunate to have these races so close to home! My favorite tri experience was racing IM Syracuse 70.3 a few years ago with my husband, Tom, and finishing Ironman Maryland last year in the company of so many friends!
My favorite thing about PTC is the people I have met. I will never forget meeting some PTC members and learning that normal people with full time jobs do full Ironman races! I believe the PTC is a great resource to local triathletes. Through advocating and supporting local races, we can help keep the triathlon community thriving.
In addition to triathlon, I love to cook and try new recipes, and am also on the board of the YMCA.