Kim Plummer - Chair
Known to most long-time club members as Momma Kim, coach, or bossy. As a runner most of my life I no longer focus on being competitive just love to be out there putting in miles, mostly trails. Supporting and encouraging other runners to grow and try new distances and races is the enjoyment of my run.
Meaghan Finnegan - Treasurer
Hi! I'm Meaghan Finnegan. Originally from Massachusetts, I moved to Muskegon a few years ago, where I knew only my husband. I immediately started showing up at Run Muskegon's Wednesday night runs to explore my adopted hometown and to exercise, but most importantly to meet people, and I'm so glad I did! I started running leisurely in college and got into long distance running in a pretty unusual way. After studying in Ireland for a semester in college, I was desperate to return for a visit. But as a young person living in New York City, I had no money to travel. I got creative and made a deal with my Dad - he agreed to fund a family trip to Ireland if I agreed to run (and train for) the Dublin marathon. It was my first race longer than a 10K and my love for running grew immediately after crossing the finish line. Since then, I've run 7 more marathons and countless other races spanning a variety of distances. Although my training has taken a backseat lately (for the best reason - I now have an 18-month old daughter, Maeve), I know that running will always be a part of my life in some form or another. Lastly, what I love most about running is the running community, and I look forward to running with you on Wednesday nights!
Pam Barbier - Member at Large
My running days go back to junior high when the 440 race for track was considered “long distance”. I continued running throughout high school and beyond. A promotion in the Air Force came after I passed the Wing Commander for the base on a lunch run. Apparently, he thought that if I was that gutsy then I needed to work for him in his office. My career as a high school counselor gave me the opportunity to coach track and cross country in New York. I currently serve on the Muskegon Girls on the Run (GOTR) board and love the positivity that the program brings to young runners.
Jack Mueller - President
After years of coaching and officiating soccer, and our boys growing up and moving on, my story of running began with a challenge from my wife Becki to run the Seaway 5K. Time, longer distances, and additional disciplines later, we now both enjoy multisport training and competition. My route to Run Muskegon was similar. It took a big nudge from Becki to get me to attend the group runs. What I didn’t expect was the knowledge and networking that I found talking to experienced runners that I met during the Wednesday night post-run social hour. I hung around long enough that I was asked to volunteer for the board and then was appointed to the Treasurers position, where I served for the previous 4 years. It’s a privilege to represent and lead the Run Muskegon board and club as the president. I rely on our membership with the Road Runners Club of America, who provides the club with a wide variety of services from insurance to education for clubs, directors and boards, along with programs such as coaching and race director certifications to give direction to our club.
Amanda Wendell - Secretary
Hi, I’m Amanda! Growing up, I HATED running! But in 2007, I was asked to coach for Girls on the Run and realized that I actually enjoyed it! In 2011, after running on and off for the past 4 years, I was diagnosed with a handful of autoimmune diseases that caused extreme fatigue and pain. Needless to say, I quit running. A couple of years later, a friend talked me into doing some run/walks with her. She was a regular at Run Muskegon and talked me into going. It took a few weeks to work up the courage, and, man, am I glad I did! I was greeted and welcomed into the family immediately. I found people to run with, give me advice, and offer support. I also got talked into signing up for my first half marathon after a Wednesday night run. I am excited to be one of the people now that can give that back (and hopefully talk other people into stepping outside their comfort zones!). I’ve run all distances from 5k up to a road marathon and a trail marathon. I’m a middle of the pack runner. Definitely not a “rabbit” but can sometimes place if the race is small. I’m happy to run any distance and any pace and I look forward to running with you!
Alana Brower - Vice President
I'm Alana! I started Run Muskegon back in 2011 when I moved to Muskegon and was looking for a run club. Muskegon didn't have one....so I made it! I am a certified running coach and LOVE meeting and helping newbies fall in love with the sport. I've raced all distances, but my favorite distance is a 10-mile run that takes me from downtown Muskegon to the Pere Marquette beach and back. When not running, you can find me running around at work (Pigeon Hill Brewing), walking my dogs or out supporting local businesses and events.
Becki Mueller - Member at Large
A challenge to my family to do a 5K at the Seaway Run in 2013 is how it all started. After going downtown to Run Muskegon for at least a month alone, I finally convinced Jack to join me. Many 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons and triathlons later, Run Muskegon became another family. I have served on the Run Muskegon Board as an at-large member and have been the volunteer coordinator for the Shamrock Shuffle and the Turkey Trot for several years. I am excited to be a part of Run Muskegon’s continued growth.
Shirita Williams - Member at Large