Meet the Grand Rapids Dog Adventures Athletes
At GR Dog Adventures, we’re not just dog walkers. We’re distance runners, athletes, outdoor zealots and absolute dog lovers!
Mountain biker, traveler, crazy, funny lady…yep, that’s Jenny. She’s a die-hard athlete, but wasn’t always that way. She was a total sports failure in high school, only making the golf and track team because nobody got cut. Fast forward to today and Jenny is an accomplished athlete of the toughest kind. She’s a marathoner, triathlete and Ironman finisher…TWICE!!! Recently, she’s gotten into bike polo and has traveled the U.S. and Canada to play. You may even see her “fat-biking” her way between clients in the winter. Why not??
Extreme endurance mountain biker extraordinaire, Sour Patch Kids junkie and leader/founder of the GR Dirt Dawgs. Whether in her 100th mile of a grueling 24 hour bike race or coaching a kid’s mountain biking clinic, you will never see Danielle without a smile. Her heart is 100 percent in to anything she does and as a result, you will be inspired…whether you like it or not. Yes, you read correctly, 24 hours of continuous mountain biking…no sleep! She recently placed 4th in the 24 Hour World Championships in Fort William, Scotland and
Canine cancer researcher, doggie rescue veteran and K-9 portrait extraordinaire, Elissa is no fence-straddler. She has both feet firmly planted in the animal welfare world. She’s been involved in rescue for over a decade, most recently as a foster home for Boston Terriers. As a dog portrait artist, she often uses her paintings as fundraising efforts for dog causes. Elissa was even featured twice in the “Pit Bulls n Pretty Girls” fundraising calendar (proceeds for military families)! Elissa’s nearly 14 years of cancer
Nurse in the making, MULTI-marathoner, identical twin and all-around great guy, Mike is the human every dog wants in his life. If your dog is fast, or can run for miles, then Mike’s the guy for you! High-energy “working dog” breeds, I’m talking to you! With multiple marathons (4 currently) under his belt, and a 7:10 min/mile pace (on a good day;)), your pup is sure to get an exciting workout! No worries if your pup needs a little extra TLC and a slow-motion adventure, Mike’s still your guy.
Notre Dame golfer, world traveler and hockey wife and mother, Beth is an incredible person who has accomplished many things with her life and now loves helping her husband and two girls succeed. While at Notre Dame, Beth was busy! She was on the golf and synchronized swim teams, collecting awards left and right, all while earning a degree in Finance and Business Economics! Fast forward to after college, where she went on to sell drugs…seriously…for some dealer named Eli Lilly;).When she wasn’t dealing,
Incredible vegan soup maker, roller derby girl and ultra-endurance mountain biker …that’s just the beginning of Jill’s story. She’ll make you laugh and she’ll make your dog tired. What more could you ask for?? Jill loves loves loves racing mountain bikes and fat bikes. This summer, she’ll be travelling to some of the National Ultra Endurance series races and next winter she hopes to be at the the Iditabike (an ultra-endurance fat bike race)!
Combining a lifetime love for dogs, the great outdoors, adventure and business, Eve created GR Dog Adventures, the first dog running company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up as a competitive ice dancer and ballroom dancer and went on to teach ice dancing at the Detroit Skating Club. These days she enjoys skiing, running and competing in local events, especially the 5th3rd Riverbank Run 25k. Eve and her husband, Brian, have three dogs, two of which are very senior pups at 15 and 16 years old.
Kent belongs to the woods…seriously…he could literally sit in the woods all day long! He loves solitude and contemplation and expressing his love of nature through writing and art. Currently he’s working toward a master’s degree in Applied Ecopsychology, which is about deepening our understanding of our relationship with the natural world. Eco-Art Therapy is a major part of this method and Kent will soon have this
Pseudo wedding singer, trauma therapist, tri-athlete and weekend adventurer…Katie is an action-packed, surprise filled member of our crazy, fun GRDA family! She is always ready to make you laugh and genuinely loves people as much as she loves her four-legged friends. Katie’s care and compassion towards people extends to her profession, where she’s a trauma-focused therapist, specializing in PTSD in children. She loves getting to be creative and using art and music with the kiddos, and when the weather cooperates,
Founder & Chief Techie
Without Brian, there would be no GR Dog Adventures. He’s the wizard behind the curtain, performing e-“magic” and making problems disappear with his magic mouse. His “real” job is as a Senior Digital Specialist for Amway, but that can’t be nearly as fun as running with dogs, can it?? He has three dogs of his own, one of which he named Moguls (after his first love, freestyle skiing). Life, as Brian knows it, revolves around skiing. He’s a skier first, everything else second, kind of guy.