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Our Mission

Oak Park Triathlon Team is an inclusive community dedicated to the preparation of local triathletes of all ages and ability, instilling confidence and skill focusing on positivity, encouragement, fun, and healthy competition.

Our Vision

To continue as the Lansing area’s premier triathlon training group, continually enhancing training opportunities offered to our athletes via best-in-class skills development and expanded offerings for experienced athletes, while maintaining and promoting options for emerging athletes.

Meet the Team

Our coaches are all awesome athletes in their own right.  Here are our newest coaches for this season.

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Ashley Murray

Coach

Ashley has been racing triathlon since 2004 and trained with Oak Park in 2016.  She competed alongside us this year at the Grand Rapids Tri, Sanford and Sons, and just completed her third marathon at Grand Rapids this past weekend.  Ashley is ready to coach with her Spinning certification and a strong athletic background.  She's also got a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, has held certifications in Strength/Conditioning and Group Fitness, and has coached track, basketball and softball.  When Ashley's not training or racing, she enjoys spending time at her home in St. Johns with her triathlete-husband, Andy, and two beautiful girls.  Welcome aboard, Ashley!

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Michelle Brittain

Coach

Michelle has been a part of the Oak Park Triathlon Team as an athlete since 2013, mainly participating in the Friday class.  She has been an active triathlete since 2007, when she made the commitment to lose 50 pounds and get active again.  As a four-year varsity swimming letter winner at Jenison High, Michelle has a tremendous background in swimming, culminating in a 1st place showing at the 2010 US Masters Swimming Michigan State meet.  Michelle has competed in triathlons up to the Olympic level, including more than 25 sprint distance races, and finished the New York City Marathon in 2013.  Michelle lives in Lansing with her husband and two very active teenage girls.  As a Parole Officer and Assistant Coach for a Krash Softball team, Michelle is well prepared to help you reach your goals.

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Todd Kauffman

Coach

Todd is looking forward to joining the Oak Park Triathlon Team as a coach for the 2017 season.  Todd completed his first marathon in 1998 and has completed races from the 5k to the ultra-marathon distance.  Todd's first triathlon was the inaugural Hawk Island Tri and has since completed numerous tri's up to the Ironman distance.  Todd was a member of the OPTT in the winter leading up to him participating in the 2011 Louisville Ironman.  The coaching and support received through being a member of the OPTT was critical to Todd completing the IM feeling strong and happy with the outcome.  Todd is married to his wife Jennifer and they have two kids, Rory and Lily who are active in soccer and gymnastics.  Todd is an MSU graduate and works for the Michigan Department of Transportation.