GBRC Board Members

Alex Gehring
Alex GehringPresident
In the summer of 2012, I moved to Bellingham from the east coast and quickly settled into a new running family with GBRC. A welcoming running community for runners of all paces and experience, GBRC offers many opportunities to connect with other runners and to volunteer at our homegrown GBRC events. Come check us out!!!
Jake Hartsoch
Jake HartsochVice President / Website
I love mountains and water and moving through both. I’ve been involved with GBRC since moving to Bellingham in 2004 and am proud to serve on the board. I’m inspired by the GBRC spirit of building a community to connect all runners and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the club.
Gale Pfueller
Gale PfuellerTreasurer
Gale has always loved to run and compete in races, be in the company of runners. and support the sport of running Three generations of his family have supported and competed for Bellinghams High School and College Track and Cross CountryTeams. So it is natural that he has been a active member of GBRC from its beginning.

Phone: 734-3953

Julie Steele
Julie SteeleSecretary
Julie grew up hiking and running the trails in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. She ran track and cross country in junior high and high school, the Junior Olympics and at Colorado State University. A prerequisite to transferring to Western was knowing that the community had abundant forest trails to run. Having passed this threshold, she has remained in Bellingham since 1983, joining the GBRC in the 1990s. She focuses on trail running with her dogs at Galbraith, Padden, the Chuckanuts and Mount Baker National Forest. She works in the Bellingham City Attorney’s Office. Of the children she has raised, daughter, Alanna, fell in love with running too.

“I never take this special place and the people who live here for granted,” Julie said. “The GBRC brings the community and our different walks of life together. The support, volunteerism and life-long friendships from this group are profound.”

Lindsay Mann-King
Lindsay Mann-KingRace Director Coordinator
Lindsay is originally from the eastern Washington town of Colville, WA. She came to Bellingham to attend WWU. Lindsay fell in Love with the small town feel of Bellingham, the many wonderful outdoor activities and the stunning trail running options. She has been on the GBRC board since 2008 and is currently the race director Liason and co-race director for the Lake Samish Runs.
Alison Allen
Alison AllenEquipment/Permits
I really enjoy being a part of GBRC as a long time board member. After many years of running marathons and ultras, I now spend most of my running time on trails and in the woods near my home. I keeps track of the GBRC equipment, obtain the GBRC race permits and co-direct the Race Beneath the Sun.

Phone: 360 599-2587 or 360 961-9199

Julie Kulp
Julie KulpMarketing/Website
Originally from Pennsylvania, I moved to Bellingham in 2012 with my hubby to expand our horizons on the opposite coast. A competitive runner from middle school to college, I’m always taking advantage of the amazing local trails and endless activities Bellingham has to offer. I joined GBRC when I moved here, but started getting more involved in the last year. I’ve met so many amazing people through the group and it’s really become my little home away from home.

I currently work on the GBRC website and emailers. I am also the co-race director for the Fairhaven Frosty.

Tjalling Ypma
Tjalling YpmaAt-Large
Tjalling has been a recreational runner since his college years, graduating to endurance running when he embarked on triathlon in the 1990s. One notable streak was 11 successive Chuckanut 50k races. He enjoys long trail runs in the Chuckanuts and on Galbraith, as well as mountain and road biking and speed hikes in the Cascades. He has served on the GBRC board since around 2000, revived the Birch Bay Marathon when he took over as its Race Director for a few years, and most recently has served as Race Director for the Padden Mudfest. He is a Professor of Mathematics.
Mark Harding
Mark HardingAt-Large
After ‘retiring’ from a corporate job that took me to various places around the world I arrived in Bellingham by accident in 2012, liked it, decided to stay for a while and rediscovered my running mojo. As a result I will run with anyone and frequently compete in races from any distance from 5-50k, although the 1/2 marathon appears to be my go to distance.

Although I will run anywhere my love is trail running, my favourite local trails being Raptor ridge and anywhere on Galby. On the road I have completed Boston, London and of course the Bellingham marathon.

Wherever I travel I find a local group to run with, no better way to stay fit and make friends while at the same time putting all the worlds wrongs to right.

Larry Lober
Larry LoberAt-Large
Larry and his wife moved to Bellingham in 2002 after selling their business in Kirkland, WA. They are very happy with their decision to choose Bellingham as their retirement home.

He loves running, hiking and biking. The running bug hit him when he moved from Montana to Washington in 1986. Though he primarily enjoys running Marathons, he has also run the Chuckanut 50K.

Larry has been a GBRC member since 2009 and has been director of the Honeywagon Runs since 2012. He is a regular volunteer at both the Lake Samish Runs and the Chuckanut 50K. He looks forward to serving on the GRBC Board and working alongside the other members to continue to keep our club strong in this community.

Involvement in this wonderful community is a source of pleasure for him. Other interests include volunteering at both the Mt. Baker Theater and the Pickford Film Center. He encourages others to volunteer at GRBC events as well as at other community events as a way to give back. Giving is a good thing and it benefits everyone.