Random Runner

The 2019 race season is in full swing! Here at SCSE, we genuinely care about and want to get to know our runners because YOU are what makes this industry so great! Click the link below, download the SCSE Random Runner form, and email your completed form to info@silvercirclesportsevents.com to be featured in an upcoming newsletter AND have a chance to win a free entry to a future race of your choice!

Random Runner Form 

Dan Wenzel

How long have you been running? 
Since the 2017 Beer Garden 5K Series

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
They’re fun events with fun people.

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
Ragnar, which I’ll be crossing off in a couple weeks, and the National Parks races look pretty cool.

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
Well, I’m awesome, so I’d have to say Peter Quill, but there’s another name you might know me by: Star Lord. 

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
Anything without sleeves because sun’s out, guns out.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Anything warm because I hate the cold.

What was your worst race experience?
2018 Hot Cider Hustle 10 mile because it was miserably cold, rainy weather. For 10 miles.

What is your favorite race?
Brewers Racing Sausages 5K

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
“Where’s the beer?” 

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
22:44 at 2018 Get Lei’d 5K


Tony Gargulak

How long have you been running? 
My wife forced me to start running about 3ish years ago. 

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
Because the company and team keep running fun.

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
Ragnar, national parks half marathon, Star Wars Disney run

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
Deadpool because I'm a giant smart a$$.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
Brooks Ghost shoes; it’s like running on clouds.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Craft bike gloves because they are flippy-floppy mitten things.

What was your worst race experience?
Nashotah park trail run last year when some yahoo moved the cones and cut the course short.

What is your favorite race?
Disney Half marathon during wine n dine!

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
“Where is my beer?”

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
21:52 at Last Call 2018


Rebecca Krause

How long have you been running?
11 months and 13 days... but who's counting?

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
I ran a few beer garden races and first met Steve Schwan and Andi Kornowski; they may not remember, but their kindness lured me in and here I am.

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
The RunDisney Star Wars Rival Challenge - it is a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. Also, Grand Circle Trailfest looks incredible!

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
Clearly, I am the 5th Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Eat pizza, drink beer, kick butt, repeat.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
I am still working on that. Last summer I was a newbie and still working out the kinks. My hydroactive hat and Goodr sunglasses are staples; oh, and sunblock... lots of sunblock!

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Hands down my Oisella Wazzie Wool base layer, my Flyout vest, and my wool compression socks. This winter was my first time running in the cold and I learned really quickly how to dress for it!

What was your worst race experience?
Last Call 2018... the weather was terrible and I was having stomach issues. Hindsight being what it is, I should have done myself a favor and switched from the 10 to the 5K.

What is your favorite race?
Well, the Vets Day race was the first and only time I have ever placed, so, for selfish reasons, I think back fondly on that race. The Two Rivers 10 miler was a
recent favorite because I had company for half of it.  

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
“Smile don’t grimace; are you grimacing?”, “Crap, did you start your Garmin? Crap, turn off your Garmin!”, “Where are my people?”, “Is there beer?”, “I'm hungry.”

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
29:49 at Run Into the New Year 2018

 


Bryce Remy

How long have you been running?
9 years

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
It is like my family that runs. My actual family doesn't run, but it is amazing to get support and encouragement/encourage others who share the same passion.

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
The Boston Marathon (4/15/19). I have been playing the lottery into Berlin, London, St George, and Tokyo, as well.

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
I relate to Batman the most because I run at night and feel like a super hero jumping over all the snowbanks.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
A good pair of Saucony Kinvara running shoes. It's like running on marshmallows. If you haven't tried them yet, I always recommend them.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Definitely all thermal gear. I despise the cold, so I like to be nice and toasty. The treadmill is a close second so I can avoid the cold.

What was your worst race experience?
I ran a race where the organizers forgot it was going on. Imagine 300 runners showing up at the park for a race that wasn't set up at all. It wasn't a fun experience for any of us.

What is your favorite race?
A tie between Zachariah's Acres and the NYC marathon. ZA provides a beautiful course with different scenery changes. The NYC marathon had over 2.5 million spectators this past year, which definitely helps you crush those hills, I mean... bridges.

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
Normally, I feel like I am dying by the time I get to within 2 miles of the finish, so when I cross the finish line, I always think, "this race didn't kill me".

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
17:01 at the Midwest Cross Country Championships at UW-Parkside.

Pam Koehler

How long have you been running?  
Oh boy… I was on track in grade school. High school, I joined cross country senior year because the coach kept asking me to; he was the math teacher as well, so I thought if I joined, he would pass me (I was really bad at math). I just barely passed.

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?  
I remember when I started running with SCSE, I think, 3 years ago. I really liked it because the races were not thousands of people. The atmosphere was great & Sean always made me laugh at the races. I felt he was down to earth.  

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?  
Lakefront Marathon in Oct. I would also like to do a destination race - one of the National Parks, just don’t know which one. Which one has the fewest bears?

What Superhero do you relate to and why?  
I’m going to say Wonder Woman- her super powers include super strength, speed, stamina, and fight; all of which, I need to get me through each and every run that I do.  

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?  
Not sure I really have one. I did buy a Camelback vest that holds 2 water bottles that I wore for my first trail half last year, so, I guess I’ll say that. Worked great!

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?  
Anything that keeps me warm!!!!

What was your worst race experience?  
The Summerfest Rock n Sole about 3 years ago maybe. I was supposed to do a half that I talked my friend Stephanie into. I had shin splints that I could not get under control, but I continued to run on them. Well, I ended up downgrading to a 10k during the race and I could hardly walk the next day. I went to an ortho doc & got diagnosed with a stress fracture, ughhhh! Listen to your body, folks; not worth it!

What is your favorite race?  
I just started trail running a couple of years ago. LOVE Ragnar Northwoods and Run S’more 24. Love hanging/camping with friends and running in the woods at night (though I’m a little freaked about the woods at night part).

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?  
“Thank God that is over!”

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?  
I just recently PR’d at Yule Twinkle All the Way 2018 @ 23:39.


Colin Tetkoski

How long have you been running?
Well, I ran two years in high school, but started seriously running in July of 2018, so, about 9 months so far.

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
Silver Circle Sports Events gives me a reason to stay healthy and gives me a chance to make more friends.

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
Ironman 70.3 by 25; full Ironman by 30.

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
Bucky Barnes, aka, The Winter Soldier. We both are trying to overcome our pasts to become better people.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
Tough Mudder finisher headband because I look good in orange. Just kidding, I sweat a lot while I run and it
keeps the sweat out of my eyes.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Under Armour pants and shirt. I would prefer to stay warm and potentially overheat than be miserably cold.

What was your worst race experience?
Brewers Racing Sausages 5K in 2018. That was my first competitive race since I was 15. It was, let's just
say... rough. Ask my dad, Jen, or Dan about it. They will tell you plenty of stories.

What is your favorite race?
Either Tough Mudder or Wish You Were Here

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
"Wow, I actually did it, go me!"

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
24:16 at The Big Chill 2019 in the Lighthouse Winter Run Series.


Judi Mulkey

How long have you been running?
Without being chased... 7 years.

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
I love the food at the end of the trail assail series! The events are always fun because we have a great team!

 What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
I want to do a run in every state. I currently have 8 done and I want to do the 7 Mile Bridge Run in Florida.

 What Superhero do you relate to and why?
I’m gonna go with Deadpool because I like his sense of humor.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
My flip belt. It holds a water bottle that curves to my back and then I don’t have to hold it.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why? 
This super cheap jacket I got that is really warm and rolls up into a little ball so it’s easy to carry.

What was your worst race experience?
I was in St. Louis doing a 5k and my calf cramped up about half way through the race. I had to start limping and I heard someone in front of me yell that someone was hurt on the course, so I started running again and then had to stop when I saw the EMT guy pass me. I literally fell into my husband's arms at the finish.  I pulled a Pete Fanning and took 4th in my age group.

What is your favorite race?
Tie between Watermelon Trail Assail at Pike Lake with the awesome trails and Harborview 8k running through Pirate Fest.

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
"Where is the food?" and "I want a mimosa."

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
Honestly, I don’t know... (gasp!). I think it’s 25:07 at Sweet Home Milwaukee, but my goal is a sub-25, so I just always shoot for that.


Jennifer Aultman Kloth

How long have you been running?
I started running in the spring of 2011. I ran my first 5K that May - Ann's Hope Melanoma Run; haven't missed a year.

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
I started running with SCSE because of their volunteer program. 

What event(s) are on your running bucket list? 
70.3 and 50K - go big or go home! 

What Superhero do you relate to and why? 
I'm not up on my Superheroes. 

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why? 
My pink hand held water bottle. I never run without it. The "why" is a long story; come find me at the Running Ambassador table!

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why? 
My Reebox fleece lined pants! 

What was your worst race experience? 
There is no such thing as a bad race experience as long as you learn from it and find the positives. Ask me about my last marathon.

What is your favorite race? 
Run S'more 24! A close second would be my first tri - Lake Country 2016! 

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line? 
2 thoughts - "Thank God it's finished!" and "Oh man, I'm sad it's over." 

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it? 
25:43 at Ann's Hope 5K - I think it was 2014 - I was injured and didn't plan on PR'ing that day; it came as a bit of a surprise! 

Steve Schwan

Hi all, it's an honor to be your featured runner this week! I'm a Running Ambassador for Silver Circle and enjoy being the "Sweeper" at our Half Marathon and longer races. Say hi to me any time; I’d love to meet you!

How long have you been running?
I started running January 1st, 2011. I ran a mile on my treadmill... and it hurt! Yet, I was determined. My sister Sally, who had run in countless events, was my inspiration, and she encouraged me to sign up for a 5K a few months out. It was the Trailbreaker 5K at Frame park: a flat and paved course in perfect temps. I remember walking 3 times, wondering how all these people could run 3 miles without stopping??? But once finished, I was hooked! Ever since, I've been running at least one race a month. 

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
Silver Circle rocks! I know it’s a combination of the Race Director, Staff, #TeamSCSE, and the courses... my favorite being the Trail Assails.

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?Coming up this year, I am set to run the Boston Marathon in April, my 1st 50 mile Ultra at Run S'more 24, and then my 1st Ironman in Madison this September.

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
In personality, it would be Spiderman as I’m a reluctant super hero with sometimes witty, yet smart aleck, remarks.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
Let’s talk racing gear! I wear my CW-X Stabilyx Ventilator shorts ever since they helped me recover from a knee injury all the way to Boston Qualifying. I stick with stuff that works for me. Next would be my Saucony Kinvara shoes: light, fast, responsive.... the moment I slip them on, I know it’s "race day". For summer tops, it's my TeamSCSE Trailgator T- shirt!

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Again, I choose CW-X, but the full length Perform-x tights. I will switch to trail shoes (Salomon or Brooks) at the slightest hint of icing.

What was your worst race experience?
My very 1st race, they ran out of my size shirts and I registered way before cut off. You may think it was the 90 degree full marathon, or the 10 below zero Samson Stomp, or leg cramps that brought me to a dead stop, but nope, it was the shirt.

What is your favorite race?
Most rewarding was the Indianapolis Marathon, but my favorite is the Run S'more 24. It combines my love of camping, running, the great outdoors, and a couple hundred of my best friends... some of whom I haven't even met yet!

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
A feeling of accomplishment! Then, I check my time.

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
July 18th, 2018 at the State Fair Cream Puff 5K I ran a 22:18. And yes, the Creme Puff was delicious!


Pete Fanning

How long have you been running?
Since 2016. I'd been working out since 2015 and even lost 50 pounds, but then I turned 50, got told I needed to get screened for Colon Cancer, and, what do you know, they actually found some! I had surgery in early 2016 to remove it and, after that, found I couldn't do my normal workout because my core was messed up. It was then that I turned to running as a way to get some exercise and I've been running ever since. I am so happy I did because now I'm associated with such a fun bunch of people!

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
Because this organization has some of the best people I have ever been associated with. I love the fact that SCSE welcomes folks from all walks of life, in any shape or size, and provides them with tons of encouragement to achieve their running goals!

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
I want to run the "Rocky Run" Half in Philadelphia and also the Mount Rushmore Half. Those two are at the top of my list.
What Superhero do you relate to and why?

The Incredible Hulk. Think back to the old TV series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno and remember that that show was about a lonely scientist trying to find a way to cure the raging anger that dwelled within him. For some reason I identified with David Banner then and still do now. I find myself searching for a way to improve myself, all while going it alone. Except I'm really not alone, am I? I have many running friends now who I can count on for support.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
Brooks shorts and a decent tank top. My preferences for running shoes are Saucony and Brooks. I never go anywhere without my Garmin Forerunner 645 Music watch and a bluetooth headset to go with it. On hotter days I'll wear a headband to keep the sweat out of my eyes.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
I am a big baby when it comes to running in the cold. So I layer up probably more than I should but my absolute favorite piece of gear is my pair of Craft gloves (thank you Teri for the recommendation!). Other than that, anything that keeps me warm is my favorite.

What was your worst race experience?
I don't think I have had seriously bad experiences at all, but if I had to point to one it would also have been one of my best race experiences. It was my first Lakefront Marathon last year. It was one of my best because, I mean come on, I finished a Marathon!!!! It has also been my worst because, as I always do, I shot out of the start like a bat out of heck and absolutely RUINED my legs for the last few miles. Those last few miles were torture and that will stick in my memory for a while. Still finished though.

What is your favorite race?
I'd have to say the Dolittle Half in September, because I apparently can absolutely CRUSH that race (I PR'd it by 10 minutes last time!)

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
"Stop the watch!" and "Where are my teammates?"

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
24:13 at last year's "Race with the Sausages" at Miller Park.


Teri Gargulak

How long have you been running? I ran track all four years of high school, took a hiatus through college and a handful of years after, and then started getting serious about running and races again in the Fall of 2016.

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events? I run with Silver Circle because their events are positive, engaging, and friendly. Even before I joined #TeamSCSE, I still felt like I was a part of ‘something’ at their events. Plus, free cookies and watermelon after the Trial Assail events! And maybe the free beer has something to do with it, too...

What event(s) are on your running bucket list? I would love to complete every single one of the Vacation Races half marathons at the National Parks!

What Superhero do you relate to and why? I honestly can say that I have never watched a single ‘superhero’ movie, or read a comic book, so I don’t have the faintest idea who I would relate to! Why don’t you tell me who I relate to?

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why? I have a cooling headband from Mission that is awesome in the summer! You get it wet before you put it on, and it helps keep your body temperature regulated while you run.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why? This is a tie between my Craft gloves and my Blender sunglasses. The gloves are windproof and water resistant, moisture-wicking, and keep my hands so warm that I usually end up taking them off after 2 miles. The sunglasses are great to stop snow/ice/sleet from getting into my eyes and to protect from that terrible sun/snow glare!

What was your worst race experience? Froemming Park Beer Garden 5K in 2017. This was when we had a crazy hot/humid streak in June - I had volunteered at the US Open all day, hadn’t really eaten much, and then tried to PR at the race. It did not end well for me - I couldn’t even enjoy my free beer!

What is your favorite race? To date, it has been the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which I did this past November! I am a Disney nerd and getting to run to and through the different parks when they aren’t open was an incredible experience. Plus, the whole weekend is geared towards the runners, so there is a lot to do outside of the race itself.

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line? “Stop the Garmin and don’t make a disgusting face until you are out of range of the cameras.” 

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it? 24:18 at Last Call 2017 - we got a 60something degree sunny day in December and a ton of people PR’ed - it was really cool to witness.


Jen Johnson

Jen is a timer with SCSE and this photo was taken at a costume themed run. It is the first and last time we have seen her in a "skirt" and she earned the nickname "Princess" because of it. When Jen isn't hiding in the timing trailer, you will see her helping with equipment and then running events.  

How long have you been running?
I started running in the summer of 2010. 

Why do you run with Silver Circle Sports Events?
Beer Garden Series; need I say more?

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
I’d love to run a race in every state.

What Superhero do you relate to and why?
Deadpool. I’ve got a mouth on me, but I generally use it to fight for the little guy.

What’s your favorite summer running gear and why?
Goodr sunglasses: they stay on my face, look great in pictures, and are basically an Instagram filter for the world.

What’s your favorite winter running gear and why?
Goodr sunglasses: they’re like a windshield for your face. Really, though, my Saucony Peregrine Ice + shoes helped me win an icy race not too long ago.

What was your worst race experience?
Summerfest Rock N Sole 2011 (the very first year and my very first half marathon).  So hot, so unprepared (both the event and my training), so awful.

What is your favorite race?
Any race with beer at the finish line.

What is the first thought you have when you cross the finish line?
“BEER ME!” Sometimes, also: “Don’t puke; there are cameras!”

What’s your 5K PR and at what race did you earn it?
24:12 at The Elf Run 2018.


Mike Tetkoski

How long have you been running?
I started when I was 9 with a slight break of 25 years between 30 and 55 to raise a family. 

How long have you been on #TeamSCSE?
I have been on #TeamSCSE since the beginning of this team and have run SCSE events since Summit Fest 2014. 

Why did you join #TeamSCSE?
I run with #TeamSCSE because Sean Osborne approached me at Summit Fest and asked if I would run more races. I liked that he approached me and took an interest in me. 

What event(s) are on your running bucket list?
Chicago Marathon. Entered twice in 1981 & 1982 but scratched due to injury both times. 

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People not "signaling" stops or turns in races. 

If you weren't living here, what foreign country would you live in?
New Zealand or Australia. 

What Superhero do you relate to?
The Flash. 

What was your worst race experience?
Nearly getting heat stroke at Chicago distance Classic 20K in 1982. Nearly died. Tunnel vision, chills, and goose bumps on a 90 degree day with 100% humidity. 

What is your favorite race?
Any race I can still run.

5K PR 
20:12.