Mark Knerr

Hello My name is Mark Knerr,

It is a great honor to be nominated to the board of directors of the greatest tri Club in the world.
This will be my 4th year as a member of the BTC and look forward to giving back to the club that has done so much for me and my triathlon experience. I have been the Ride for Roswell team captain for the last three years and have helped out with the club tents. I have had the opportunity to participate in many tri’s at many different venues and each time have brought back many great experiences from each. I always make an effort to meet and introduce myself to the new members and make them feel welcomed.

I also enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my better half Laura and our families when we can.Some of my other interest are Boating, water and snow skiing, and hikes with the dogs. I look forward to serving in whatever capacity best suits me if elected.

Thank you



George Hackford


Hello fellow BTC Members!

I’m running for another term on our Board. If elected you can count on me to represent the club and perform in the same capacity that I have for the past 2 yrs; ie helping distribute apparel/gear, sharing tent duties, and organizing/running our Northtown Bricks and TT’s. BTC is Family…and is undoubtedly the best Tri Club on the Planet. Every single member has motivated, inspired, or helped me in one way or another.

To sum things up, my main goal is to do everything possible to help maintain the quality and integrity of our organization.

Thank You for considering your vote!

George Hackford

David Shapiro

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-9-03-04-amI have been a BTC member for the 15 years I have lived here. I am honored to be nominated and if elected would do my best to continue the great job the BTC does in supporting our local athletes. I realize that the BTC is only so successful because of all of those who volunteer their time. I have been involved in the BTC more closely the last few years. I suggested and helped with the design and ordering of the tech shirts and I have volunteered at our Marathon water stop the last two years. I also volunteer for Amherst Meals on Wheels, am the Treasurer of my daughter’s soccer teams and raise money every year for the American Diabetes Association by riding in their Tour de Cure.

I am an Anesthesiologist at ECMC and The Center for Ambulatory Surgery but I have only worked half time the last 5 years so as to spend more time with my family (wife Mary, Daughter Alex 14 years old, Black Lab (Fifa 1 year old) while still pursuing multi-sports and Martial Arts (Krav Maga). I completed my first Full Ironman at Lake Placid this year. I had volunteered there the prior year (and at Chattanooga this year) and really appreciate how volunteering can be as inspiring as racing.

David Federspiel


Hello all, I would like to introduce myself, my name is David Federspiel.

I have been a member of the club since 2013, I would be honored to receive your support in the 2018 BTC Board Of Directors position. Over the last year I have been fortunate to serve on the BTC board and I would like to thank those members who will be leaving the board after many years of hard work and dedication.Your efforts have resulted in the great club we have and you will be missed.

Since joining the club I have taken great pride as a member, volunteering, try to be a member that others can turn to for anything..and taking part in club activities. All my sporting accomplishments would not have been possible without the support of my fellow members. To me it is about giving back to a club and the sport. I look forward to the possibility to serve on the board for 2018 through 2020. I believe the following years will be an important period in our club. I would like to hear from YOU, the members, the backbone ….What do you like and dislike? How can we go about building on our successes and work on issues that need attention? Club members involvement is essential to its success.

It has been a pleasure working with the current board and I look forward to serving you again.

Thank you,


Alisha Gannon

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-50-02-amAs a kid, I fell in love with triathlons after watching Kona for the first time on Television. It was all new to me and I never thought I would ever compete in a triathlon, let alone an Ironman! At first it was a passing desire until later on in life while working as a personal trainer and a client encouraged me to try a triathlon.

A few years later, I have competed in numerous triathlons of all distances. The races that I’m most proud of are Ironman Maryland 2015 and Lake Placid 2016. I have been involved with the BTC for a couple years, frequently attending the Lake Eire swims.

The BTC and the people involved have motivated and helped me to meet my goals during the two Ironman races. This club is great for those who are new to triathlons and offers the experienced racer ways to share with others.
screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-49-50-amOther than my obvious obsession over triathlons, I have gained 11 years of valuable experience being involved with the Western N.Y. Herpetological Society. I served as President for 6 straight years, Vice President 3 years, and board member for 2 years. During this time I have developed excellent organization and management skills. I have also been responsible for promoting the club, organization of demos for the community, and setting volunteer assignments. I managed  all aspects of the vendor sales for the yearly reptile show as well as recruiting volunteers, advertising, donations, selling tables to vendors, venue arrangement, and customer service.

Mark Sommers

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-56-50-amI’m a husband and father of two beautiful daughters. I work a demanding full time job and I just completed my first Ironman last summer. I remember years ago when I started, I couldn’t swim one lap across the pool. The first race I ever did was Nickel City. I thought I was ready for this race so I got in front of the pack of swimmers and got my butt kicked. I almost gave up but then I remembered how much I just paid as an entry fee so I kept going and finished.

I have competed many races since including one of my favorites, The American Triple T. I’m passionate about this sport and love the social aspect that this club brings to the sport. I want to share what I’ve learned over the years with our members that are looking for guidance.

What’s Up BTC? Winter Edition

Winter is here and it went from warm to bitter cold overnight it seems. That said, the Buffalo Triathlon Club has events, training and more to heat up the offseason a bit!

2016 End-of-Year BTC Banquet

Great fun, great friends and great food. January 30th 2016 is our end of year club banquet. Every year the BTC Board and volunteers put together a great event. Some of the awesome at the event includes:

  • The 2015 year wrap-up video. We put together a fun video to recap the previous season.
  • Great food. The Pan-Am grill gives us a ton for the money that includes Hors D’oeuvres a buffet dinner, cash bar and a sound system.
  • 2016 Board Inductees. We’ll welcome the new and returning board members for 2016.
  • Brick & Time Trial Awards. Brick-masters Keith, George and Joe will announce the brick and time trial award winners. All winners will receive a commemorative plaque.
  • Bring a can of vege’s and get a ticket for the Chinese Auction. This year we have an auction with some great prizes. You can either pay a dollar for a ticket or bring a can of vege’s for charity. Either earns you a ticket to put in the auction.

BTC Banquet

Visit the Banquet page get your tickets today. Cut off for registration is January 12th.

ECC Swims on Sundays

There is no better time to learn to swim or to improve your stroke than in the off-season! This year on most swim weeks Corey Bower will not only be coordinating but also providing coaching from the deck. Swims are on Sundays from 10:15AM – 11:45Am at the Burt Flickenger Center downtown. These swims are a lot of fun and will really help you overcome bad habits and help you become more confident in the water. If you’re a seasoned veteran and master swimmer you’ll have fun with the people and a group usually gets together for breakfast post-swim as well.

ECC Swims - BTC

For more details on pricing, schedules and more visit the ECC swim page on the BTC website. Hope to see you there!

Bikeshop Buffalo Rides – Following ECC Swims

Around the corner from ECC is Bikeshop Buffalo. A great bike shop that is also outfitted with a training studio they call The Hubfit Studio. The Bike Shop is extending an offer to all BTC members for a 90 minute ride session from 12-1:30PM for $15. This gives members the opportunity to do a swim/bike brick and may play well into your winter training plans. Here is a message from Adam Trost:

“I want to let the membership know, that I have created a 90min. ride session from 12-1:30pm for BTC members who go and use the ECC pool here at HUBFiT Studio. Only $15 to sign up! Jennifer Bell showed some interest in it, so we are happy to extend the offer to anyone in the club. We open at 8am, so you can even bring your bike and gear over before the swim and leave it here, then just walk across the street and get a spin in afterwards. Here’s the link to sign up –…/HubFit_Studio/SarisPowerbeam

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For more information on Bikeshop Buffalo please visit the website or follow the links above.

2016 Membership Renewals

It’s also that time of year to renew your BTC memberships before we close them and you’ll be forever locked out! Just kidding… however, if you’ve not yet signed up or renewed your membership please do so. January 1 starts our club ‘grace period’. Those that are not renewed by April 1st will lose club benefits.

BTC Members

You can get more information as well as take care of business here on the BTC website!

2016 BTC Board Member Elections are Here!


BTC 2016 Elections

2015 is rapidly coming to a close and this makes it BTC Board Member Election time! The current board is thrilled to see the enthusiasm this year as we have a number of interested individuals running!

A BTC Board seat  position lasts two years. Current board members are listed below along with their designation and status. Currently we have 10 people running for a total of six open positions. There is a total of 11 board seats.

6 Slots Currently Electing for:

  • Jennifer Bell – Term Ends 2015:Running for 2016/17
  • Derek Bell – Term Ends 2015:Not Running for 2016/17
  • Keith Burtis – Term Ends 2015:Running for 2016/17
  • Charlie Watson – Term Ends 2015:Not Running for 2016/17
  • Lisa Trapasso – Term Ends 2015:Running for 2016/17
  • Joe Drees – Term Ends 2015:Not Running for 2016/17

5 Slots Filled Through 2016:

  • Gary Randolph
  • Sharon Winiewicz
  • Joe Pautler
  • George Hackford
  • Heather McIntyre

Because we had so many folks nominated we created a bio page for each individual. Click on the images of each nominee below and it will take you to their bio page to learn more. Keep an eye out in your email as we will be sending everyone a ballot to make their choices for the 2016 board.


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Bryan Dever

bryan deverMy name is Bryan Dever, I’m 32 years old and I am married  to my beautiful wife Nicole and I have a  4 year old son, Maxwell . We currently live in Lancaster NY . I work at Ingram micro as a sales rep in our Professional AV division. I can be kind of a huge nerd when it comes to technology, and I used to do graphic design work on the side. I originally got into triathlons back in 2009 on a dare from my wife’s friend who had done the musselman sprint a few times, and said that I couldn’t beat her. I had a great time and was hooked. I love that success in this sport is tied directly to the hard work you put into it, but the number one reason I participate is that I really enjoy the people I have met in this sport.

unnamed-1If elected, I can definitely work to help support the BTC with anything that is brought in front of me, I have a very  particular set of skills, skills that I have acquired over a very long career.  Skills that make me a nightmare for problems. If you elect me now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you.


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Joe Levesque

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 3.10.53 PMMy name is Joseph (Joe) Levesque and I am running for a position on the Buffalo Triathlon Club (BTC) Board of Directors. My wife’s name is Cathy. We both are into fitness. She just completed her first bodybuilding competition. I just completed the 2015 Lake Placid Ironman. I volunteer with several organizations, such as my church, school board of education, Police Unity Tour, local snowmobile club, and the American Legion. I believe it is important for people to be involved in their communities. I find that volunteering is a way to give back to an organizations that has helped me in so many ways.

The BTC has helped me achieve my goal of finishing the Ironman. They were there during training sessions, support, and cheering during the events. The BTC is more than just a bunch of athletes; it is family to me. Cathy and I do not have any family in the Western New York area; the BTC has helped fill that void. I take pride in being a member of the club and I am proud to wear our club clothing not only at sporting events, but around town as well.

So, why should you elect me? As you can see from my photograph above; I am just an average guy. I was having fun completing the Ironman and BTC was an instrumental part of my smile. So, I want to help ensure that our club stays viable for future athletes in the years to come. I want to help anyone who is beginning their quest of completing a triathlon with club training locations and support during their training. I want to cultivate our young athletes who are our club’s future. These are just a few of the reasons why you should elect me as a member of the BTC Board of Directors. Thank You

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