We run, we coach, we inspire, and we are working very hard to make our dreams 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 retired teacher. She has immersed herself in projects like the Guardian Mile and our growing 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. As of June 2019, Rae is now also the head high school cross country coach at Olmsted Falls High School. Rae has over 40 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 continue to explore 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 about the growth of GOH Run along with Rae, their son, Andy, and many of Cleveland's most passionate 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. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School cum laude in 2013, Andy returned to Cleveland to begin his law career. With prior experience at Baker & Hostetler LLP, he is currently an associate attorney at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP with a focus in intellectual property law.
Jeff Sigmund is a controller at the International Documentary Association. He has past experience as a financial analyst at University Hospitals and is on the Selection Committee of the Cleveland International Film Festival. 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.
Ken Sullivan, J.D. currently teaches history at Aquinas Academy in Pittsburgh, where he is also the head high school track coach and an assistant cross country coach. He stays in touch with his Cleveland roots through GOH Run and as a staff counselor at the Northeast Ohio Cross Country Camp. From 2015-18, he taught Economics and Entrepreneurship and was an assistant cross country and track coach at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, 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 from 2017-19.
Joe Maduri joined the GOH Run board in 2018. Joe grew up in Solon and currently resides in Ohio City. He attended Miami University and is currently an audit senior manager at Deloitte. He has completed a number of marathons, 50Ks and 50 mile races; and is competing in the Burning River 100 this July! Joe is also involved with another local nonprofit, The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. Joe is passionate about running and loves that the Guardian Mile has races for all ages and abilities!
Aubrey Alexander joined the team this spring and handles GOH Run’s social media accounts. She also works with the Guardian Mile’s Elite Athlete Coordinator, Nate Brannen, coordinating elite travel. She is currently training for a fall marathon. She previously competed at both Belmont University and Strongsville High School. Fun fact: Aubrey and her brother Colby both hold the Strongsville High School records in the 1600m run! Aubrey is excited for an attempt to revive her miler skills at this year’s Guardian Mile.