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About the Oakland Triathlon Club

When people think of triathlon the word "Oakland" is probably far from their minds. Oakland is filled with triathletes of all abilities that are looking for their own identity. The Oakland Triathlon Club (OTC) was developed to meet that need and is committed to making sure its members have as many resources as possible at

Our mission is to bring together athletes of all levels and provide a forum for interaction. Our goal is to establish a club that showcases all that Oakland has to offer, is dedicated to helping all members succeed, and is focused on making a positive impact within the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle and by supporting Oakland and the East Bay as we give back to the community.

If you are interested in learning more about the OTC you can participate in any of the group workouts posted in our calendar or on our Facebook page. You can also attend any of our meetings or contact us at:

OTC Leadership Team

  • Michelle Draeger

    PRESIDENT: Michelle Draeger

    (she/her) Michelle is a one-person digital marketing department for a team at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. She's been in the triathlon game for 15 years and has competed in races of all distances, including two full/Iron distances. She also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and going on adventures with her husband Todd and goofy dog Austin.


    VICE PRESIDENT: Kay Dawson

    (she/her) Lured into triathlon in 2012 when living in Paris, purely for the novelty of swimming in the Seine, Kay came back to it in 2017 and is now addicted. By day, she works in operations administration at Cal Berkeley, indulging her OCD by ticking things off the never-ending To Do List. By night, she is training to compensate for all the cake and donuts she eats.


    SECRETARY: Betsy Block


  • Kristen Deberdt

    TREASURER: Kristen Deberdt



    (he/him) Eduardo is joining the board having spent several seasons as a run lead for OTC. Join him on a trail run this season!


    (she/her) Crystan discovered the joy of not having to commit to one sport twenty years ago when she was recruited for the West Point triathlon team. Since then she has cartwheeled across countless finish lines around the globe while trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.


    (he/him) Kieran is clinical program manager. He started triathlon when he moved to the bay in 2017 and realized it doesn’t rain everywhere all the time. He continues to train to stay grounded and is dedicated to working on bringing triathlon to folks who think it’s impossible or intimidating to try.He is training for the AIDS Life Cycle Ride right now, if you'd like to ride with him.

  • Travers Anderson TBD



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    We need help!! If you're any good with HTML, give us a shout! We'd love to have your help in wrangling this awful website code!!

  • Kelsey KinzyCOMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Kelsey Kinzy


  • Todd Field


    (he/him) Todd works for Whole Foods Market as an interior designer on remodels and new stores. As a triathlete he’s done every distance of race and can definitively say that he'd rather go hard than go long. His other passions include games in all forms, cocktails, and coffee. Oh and ice cream. Definitely ice cream.

  • Chris Danesi

    SWIM LEAD: Chris Danesi

    Chris has been coaching swimming for 20 years at the high school, collegiate, and masters levels. He also competed for Cal State Long Beach. He has been a triathlete for 16 years and is an 8x Ironman finisher, including a trip to Kona in 2014.

  • Chris Van Luen

    FOUNDER: Chris Van Luen

    (he/him) Chris is the Founder of the Oakland Triathlon Club. He is an avid racer and connoisseur of good cake.