Team GOALS ARA

BRUCE KUO

Bruce is a veteran of adventure racing, and has been competing in events since 2004. A friend introduced him to the sport and he has been going strong ever since. Bruce has competed in multiple levels of racing on the regional and national levels. He has also course designed for several past GOALS races...

Bruce is an incredibly well rounded racer who excels in organizational and leadership skills and is an outstanding team navigator. He is the current GOALS ARA team captain.

When Bruce is not racing he works at as a molecular biologist in the Philadelphia area. His current focus is on the use of immunotherapies to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Bruce is active in numerous other outdoor sports including triathlons and ultimate Frisbee. He is a member of the Bucks County Road Runners and an ultimate player for Philadelphia based teams many years. He enjoys anything with the outdoors and you’ll often find him hiking, paddling or camping with his wife Sheryl.

Bruce currently lives in Newtown, PA.

Race Highlights:

120+ years of adventure races from sprints to multi day races

A race favorite:  Racing with his long time race partner Diana Driscoll and new race partner Val Hardin. Together they finished 3rd place in the masters division, in the 2014 USARA National Championship in Deep Creek, MD.

JASON BROWN

Jason started adventure racing in 2009 at the GOALS Edge Adventure Race. He discovered the sport to be a great fit as it combined his passions for the outdoors, competition, running, biking, navigation, and teamwork. Jason was a captain of the track team in college, competing in the decathlon and triple jump. He competed nationally and internationally in multi and ultra-multi events, jumps, and cross country. Jason enjoys adventure racing because it expands the boundaries of competition through an exploration of terrain far beyond the marked trails while testing mental and physical fortitude.
 

Jason is a fast and strong racer. But more importantly he’s a good sport, always waiting for his slower teammates to catch up!
 

Jason is currently based in Indiana where he is working on his MBA degree, but he grew up in Chester County, and calls Pennsylvania home. He has worked in business development for a defense contractor in Dallastown, PA while serving as an assistant coach for Messiah College’s track & field program.
 

Racing highlights include:

  • 2nd place Primal Quest, Tahoe – 2015, Tahoe (w/ Bones)
  • 2nd Place, 2015 USARA National Championships
  • 2014, USARA National Championship “O-Team” (fastest orienteering section)
  • 3rd place Maya Mountain Challenge – 2014 (w/ NYARA)
  • DELMARVA SCAR – 2013 (1st place overall)
  • GOALS Cradle of Liberty – 2014
  • COAR Alum AR – 2011
  • GOALS Savage – 2010
  • ECARS Series Divisional Champs – 2011-2012;
  • 1st Place divisional finishes ECARS Championships, GOALS Cradle of Liberty, GOALS Krista Griesacker, AAS Lionheart, AAR Break the Habit, French Creek Fling
  • Other highlights include 2012 USARA Nationals, AAS Equinox Traverse, Untamed New England, and Odyssey Wild Wonderful

 

*Attached picture taken by Vladimir Bukalo.

BRUCE WONG

 

Bruce got interested in adventure racing in 2000 after watching the epic coverage of Discovery Channel Eco Challenge Patagonia race. But Bruce did not start small – his first adventure race was the 40 hour Odyssey Endorphin Fix. This jump started Bruce to move into expedition length races.

 

Bruce is the original founder of Team GOALS ARA and is one of the most experienced racers in the country.  Accomplished in all areas of the sport, he is a superb mentor to other adventure racers and always carries with him his sheer determination to survive and thrive in the most difficult of race course conditions.

 

When he is not racing he is the Assistant Vice President of Engineering and Facilities at Ascena Retail , focusing on Ecommerce. He and his wife Margaret love spending time together in the outdoors, as well as continuing to work on their 1890 Victorian home.

 

Bruce currently lives in Greencastle Indiana with his wife Margaret.
 

His racing highlights include:  

  • Over 100 Adventure Races
  • Expedition Alaska 2015
  • Costa Rica – 2011
  • Untamed New England – 2009-2010 (5th place in 2010)
  • Appalachian Extreme – 2005
  • Primal Quest – Tahoe-2003, San Juan Islands-2004, Moab-2006, Montana-2008
  • Odyssey Beast of the East – 2002, 2005 (2nd place in 2005)
  • Raid the North Extreme – Newfoundland-2001 and Yukon-2002
  • Michigan Mix – 2007
  • XPD Australia – 2007
  • Swamp Stomp
  • Odyssey E-Fix and Mega Dose – 7x
  • NYARA Shag and Longest Day – 9x
  • GOALS ARA Cradle of Liberty – 7x
  • Rev3 Epic – 2x
  • NY Adventure Racing Association Male Adventure Racer of the Year – 2005
  • Jays Challenge – 2x
  • Ultra Running – Umstead 50M, JFK 50M, Race Across the Years, 106M
  • Boston Marathon
  • Ironman Florida – 4x
ANN LOMBARDI

Ann began adventure racing several years ago, and has been one of the backbones of the team. A strong female racer, she is always found with smile on her face despite the most challenging race conditions. 

 

She has competed in sprints, regional, and national level races with favorite race locations in Alaska, Puerto Rico, Oregon and Utah. 

 

When she's not on the race course you'll find her putting others to the test in her work as a personal trainer. 

 

MARK WEIMAN

Mark started adventure racing in 2009, beginning with sprint races, and was instantly hooked. Since then he has competed in a variety of adventure races and has course designed for the organization.

A consistent and strong racer, he brings endurance and a positive attitude to the team; thriving in the longer races, especially under night time conditions.

When Mark is not racing, he is a mechanical engineer at Globus Medical, where he designs spine implants.  He is married to fellow team member Becca, and they have three active and adventurous children. Cultivating the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, Mark loves spending time with family and sharing in a multitude of outdoor sports.

 Mark currently lives in Chester County, PA.

Race highlights include:  

2014 and 2015 GOALS Cradle of Liberty 30hr
2013 Wilderness Traverse 30hr
2012 USARA Nationals 30hr
AAS Championships 18hr
GOALS Krista Griesacker Memorial AR 12hr
GOALS Edge and Savage  Adventure Races 6hr

BECCA WEIMAN

Becca was introduced to the sport of adventure racing, along with her husband and fellow team mate Mark, when they ran across a GOALS ARA race in action in 2009. Initially Becca was the cheerleader for Mark and her brother Jason as they competed. In 2012 she decided to take the plunge, competing in her first adventure race. There’s nothing like beginning your adventure racing career with the grueling Krista Griesacker Memorial AR - one of the most challenging races in the Northeast! The variety of disciplines had her hooked and she went on to compete in the 30 hour USARA Nationals.

A driven athlete, she is fast on her feet. As a competitive triathlon athlete, Becca has mastered the fast transitions that both triathlons and adventure races require. Her can do attitude and ability to function on little sleep are assets to the team.

 

When she is not racing, she is a pediatric physical therapist, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While on the job she has the unique opportunity to provide hippotherapy -physical therapy to kids while on horses. She enjoys competing in triathlons, horseback riding, and anything outdoors with her family.

 

Becca currently lives in Chester County, PA.

Race Highlights:

USARA Nationals 2012- 14th

Savage Adventure Race 2014- 1st

Jersey Inferno 2014- 2nd

Cradle of Liberty AR 2015- 1st

USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals 2012, 2014, 2015

DEREK LAWRENCE

Derek started adventure racing in 1999, with his first race being the Odyssey Endorphin Fix - one of the most challenging races on the east coast. He conned three of his friends, and his brother to try it with him, and from then on he was hooked! Derek helped establish Team Adventure Pocono, and went on to compete in regional, national, and international races. A few years ago we  were fortunate enough to have him  join the GOALS team.

Derek is an extremely well rounded racer with a great eye for navigation, and ability to make sound and quick decisions on the race course.

When he is not racing he works in sales for Xerox and prides himself on his two great kids, Molly and Jack. You’ll often find them on the race course together, racing side by side. Derek has also become one of our organizations premiere course designers, and is an asset to the entire adventure racing community.

He currently lives in Zionsville, PA

He has a long list of race accomplishments, and most notably has great memories of completing the full course at Primal Quest Utah, and finishing 8th in the Yukon. He also gets a great sense of satisfaction watching racers cross the finish line of one of his race courses. The highlight for Derek though, is the joy of racing with his children, and passing on his knowledge and love for the outdoors. 

JONATHAN NEELY

Jonathan began adventure racing in 1999. A long time member of Team GOALS ARA, he has competed at all levels of the sport ranging from local sprints races to ten day Primal Quests events. In 2015 he competed in Expedition Alaska with a 6th place finish. He has also had podium finishes at the Endorphin Fix, the Ultimate Green Mountain, and the Beast of the East to name a few.
 

Jonathan brings to the team not only his navigational skills, but his ability to never stop moving, making him a great expedition racer.

 

When he is not racing, Jonathan works in the pharmaceuticals industry, commuting between Philadelphia and New York City. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Sue, and their son Finn. You’ll often find the family competing together in local adventure sprint races.

 

Racing highlights include:

1st overall finish at the Odyssey Endorphin Fix
Expedition Alaska
Multiple USARA National Championships
Beast of the East (2nd overall)
Untamed New England – 2009-2010, 2012, 2014
Primal Quest – Tahoe-2003, Moab-2006, Montana-2008
GOALS ARA Edge – 2014 (1st place coed 3 in the 3 hour race; Finn’s first AR!)

CHRIS BARTGES

Chris’ first adventure race was in 1997, a Hi-Tec Series event in Pittsburgh, PA.  He got into adventure racing through a desire to test his endurance while combining the enjoyment of trail running, mountain biking and orienteering.

 

A well rounded racer, his strengths are mountain biking and navigation. Chris enjoys sprint races as well as multi-day events.

When he’s not racing he works for a real estate development company, enjoys traveling, gardening, and mountain biking with his friends. He is married to Debbie Warburton, and you’ll often find them adventuring together in the great outdoors. Debbie has also raced with Chris in a number of AR events.

 

Chris currently lives in Wilmington, DE.

 

Chris has many racing accomplishments over the years from sprint to one and two day races. He has competed in several duathlons, triathlons and half-iron mans. But his most fulfillment has come from adventure racing.  One of his race highlights was  achieving a 2nd place USARA national ranking. Chris has also been a tremendous asset to the organization as a course designer. He enjoys scouting parks for course design as a fun way to train, explore and practice map reading and navigation skills.

SUE RHEINGOLD

Sue has a strong background in marathon and triathlon competitions. In June of 2006 she made the “mistake” of drinking some beers with some adventure racers at a multisport club meeting and next thing you know she is riding single track in the dark, learning to rappel, swimming in 40 degree weather, and doing races that make an Ironman look short.


When Sue is not racing she works as a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She enjoys the outdoors with her husband (and fellow team mate – whom she met at an adventure race) – and their son Finn. The family is often found competing together and winning local sprint races!

 

Sue has a tremendous athletic career including 13 marathons (Boston 4x); Eight Half Ironmen; Ironman Lake Placid in 2003; 1st place Cradle of Liberty 2006 AR; 3rd place Ultimate Adirondack Race; 2nd place Odyssey 2 day Mega Race; multiple 1st place finishes GOALS sprint races.

 

1302 SPELLMAN DRIVE

DOWNINGTOWN, PA 19335

610-466-7015
INFO@GOALSARA.ORG

 

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