At the end of 2005 Bob traded in his business casual clothes for shorts and race t-shirts. Instead of poring over detailed corporate documents he now calculates the optimal number of portable toilets per participant and frets over whether the women’s small t-shirts are too small or will actually fit! At any given time he has dozens of boxes of race stuff in his house. Stop by and take a look!
In addition to founding and directing the American Odyssey Relay, Bob is the co-founder and co-director of the Rock the Creek Relay and the Old Glory Relay. Bob has also directed less complex races like 5Ks run during the middle of the night. . . .
Prior to re-inventing himself as Race Director Bob, Fleshner was a healthcare executive. Before that he was Vice President of Legal Affairs for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, which was the perfect training ground for race directing. Bob is a member of the board of AthleteBiz and the founding chairman of Teens Run DC.
As the founder of the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, which is the forerunner of the American Odyssey Relay, Eric is the man who started the Odyssey Relay concept. Eric works closely with the entire American Odyssey team to make certain that our runners experience the highest possible level of race director hospitality. Odyssey relays set the standard in the industry in terms of race director involvement and engagement. Look for Eric at the start, the Odyssey Oasis and the finish.
Joanna is an ultra marathoner, multiple time American Odyssey Relay and Old Glory Relay participant. She is also the co-founder and co-race director of the Rock the Creek Relay. Joanna is taking on an increasingly larger role in the American Odyssey Relay. It’s either because of her sheer love for the event or a personality defect…we’ll let you decide as you get to know her! When she’s not answering the siren call of race directing, Joanna is an Ironman triathlete, proud military spouse, and Director of Academics at Veritas Prep. That’s a fancy way of saying she geeks out on psychometrics, is really good at standardized test taking and getting folks into college. And, in her spare time, Joanna is very active with her alma mater, Georgetown University, and sits on both the Team Red, White and Blue board of directors and the Women for Tri board of advisors.
Those who have previously participated in the American Odyssey Relay know Kelly well. She’s the director of FUN. Kelly organizes volunteers and is out on the course the entire time making sure people are appropriately enjoying themselves! In the last year, Kelly’s wanderlust finally got the better of her and she became a flight attendant. But, in return for agreeing to provide a reference for her, we extricated a promise that she’d always take vacation days sufficient to join us. And, she will.
Susan is the lead writer and editor for the American Odyssey Relay. As we expand our voice to include the Running Our Mouths blog, Susan’s voice will be “heard” more often. Susan is a professional editor who also happens to be the former Director of Operations for Montgomery County Road Runners and an RRCA-certified running coach, so she’s ideally suited to the task. When she’s not focusing on the American Odyssey Relay, Susan teaches yoga through her company, Atha Yoga. In addition to general yoga instruction, Susan uses her extensive background in and knowledge of running to offer specialized yoga classes for runners.
Freddy joined the American Odyssey Relay in 2010 and may be the single most visible member of the entire American Odyssey Relay team. Freddy can most often be seen with Kelly, though others have kidnapped Freddy in the past. And, some have even spread rumors that Freddy has started a family. Freddy has been known to accept gifts from teams as long as they are not reportable as income.