October 6, 2018
Dee Loper-Hetlage - Dee worked in the Insurance Industry for 34 years where she held several positions, and retired in 2016.
She started my walking career in 1999 when a friend from work asked her to do the Portland Marathon, and after that first one she was hooked and went on to do 22 full marathons. In 2014, she decided to focus on just half marathons and other smaller walks - she has done over 65 half marathons. Dee has been a member of a Portland to Coast all-women walking team - The Soulful Stutters for 9 years, and the team has ranked in the top 5 for the last 6 years.
Dee sees the Portland 5k as a unique event and the event to be a successful, fun, and enjoyable event for every participant and to help those who enter the event achieve their very best.
Mariah Jeffery - Pacers
Mariah is a runner and triathlete. She has run five full marathons, qualifying for Boston in the last three, and more than forty half-marathons. She is the co-leader of the Hillsboro, OR chapter of Moms RUN This Town and the head pacer for Uberthons. She enjoys helping others achieve their running goals. Professionally, she is a professor of supply-chain management and business courses. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter. Her favorite Uberthons event is the Halloweenathon, in which she has participated for five years in a row.
Gregg LeBlanc - Marketing
Attending college in Boston during the first running boom got Gregg started running. He was fortunate enough to have run Boston twice before making his way to Oregon more than twenty years ago. With career and family, sometimes running wasn’t as regular as it has become this past decade or so. Gregg has run a 50 miler, a 50k, many marathons and more than 125 half marathons while logging more than 2,000 miles per year. He is a both a Marathon Maniac and a Half Fanatic, serving as the Portland Half Fanatic Regional Ambassador. As an experienced pacer, Gregg supports runners from the start through to crossing the finish line keeping things loose with humor to keep it as relaxed as the miles allow.