We run, we coach, we inspire, and we are working very hard to make our dream a reality.
Our group came together to promote running in our communities and to provide opportunities that are fun and exciting. We are motivated and enthusiastically embracing the challenge to build our nonprofit and share our vision.
Rae Alexander is a recently retired teacher. She has immersed herself in new projects like the Guardian Mile and our youth running programs. Retirement has allowed her to focus more on her own competitive running while continuing to coach track at Brecksville Broadview Hts. Middle School. Rae has over forty years of coaching experience in track and cross country. She has coached well over 100 high school boys and girls to All-Ohio honors in her career. Rae has directed multiple camps, including the highly successful Quest For Success Cross Country Camp. She has also been race director for numerous local youth races. Rae is very excited about the potential for gOH Run and is anxious to explore the opportunities to share her creativity and commitment to the group.
Don Alexander is a former track All-American at Baldwin-Wallace University. While pursuing a career in pharmaceutical sales, Don has also kept himself active in the running scene over the years as a competitive runner (Nike, Reebok), coach (BW), and co-director of the Quest For Success Cross Country Camp. Don and Rae have been active in the Cleveland running community for over 40 years as competitive racers, highly successful coaches, co-directors of track and cross country camps, and directors of area youth races. Don is excited to unveil this new joint effort with Rae, their son, Andy, and with the help of many of Cleveland's most well-known running enthusiasts.
Andy Alexander, J.D. has been involved in the running community for as long as he can remember, and has volunteered over the years at youth running camps and the Mustang Stampede. An outstanding runner for Strongsville High School and Ashland University, Andy’s most long-lasting accomplishment might prove to be inspiring the running career of his younger brother Colby (see “elite involvement” slide). After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School cum laude in 2013, Andy returned to Cleveland to begin his law career.
Jeff Sigmund is an accountant for University Hospitals. After successful athletic careers at Walsh Jesuit and John Carroll serving as team captain for legendary area coaches Pat Ritchie and Elmore “Mo” Banton, Jeff has continued racing competitively as a post-collegiate. He was instrumental in the 2012 rebirth of Team Ohio, a local sub-elite racing club with a storied history. He has run multiple marathons, with a personal best of 2:33 this past fall.
Ken Sullivan, J.D. teaches Economics and Entrepreneurship and is an assistant cross country and track coach at St. Ignatius High School, where he is an alum. In 2015-16, he helped coach St. Ignatius to state championships in cross country and track. A 4:03 miler, Ken captained the Duke cross country team and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. Ken competes for Team Ohio along with Jeff, winning the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon in 2017.