JERI HOWLAND is an endurance athlete, multi-sport coach, entrepreneur, and fundraiser who has been competing in triathlons across the globe for 30 years. In 2004, she had the race of her life and set an age group world record at Ironman Austria with a time of 10 hours, 40 minutes. She’s completed 19 Ironman distance triathlons and won her age group in seven of them. She has nine finishes at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in Kona and has completed 24 ultra-marathons, winning her age group all but twice. Jeri is a two-time overall female champion of the Quadruple Dipsea, a grueling Marin County favorite, and the 2009 Mt. Tam Triple Crown (3 day stage race) Female Champion. She also competes at skate skiing, a passion that enabled her to meet her husband, the “other” Jerry, also a top Dipsea runner and former President of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. To fuel all of these activities, not to mention the work to raise “millions” at her day job, she created Bungalow Munch Organic Granola, now a 4 year-old granola company with nation-wide distribution.
In all aspects of her life, Jeri sets the bar high, finds success, and does it again. The theme for her coaching is to help others do the same, to reap the rewards (and awards) that comes with deep dedication. Jeri coaches triathlon and endurance trail running with specific focus on goal setting and planning, time management, strength training, cross training and nutrition and diet for both life and racing. She sees nutrition, both on and off the course, as a, if not the, critical tool. She uses her years of practice and nutrition theory (she holds a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley) to ensure she and her athletes find success as endurance athletes. Ask anyone who trains with her — Jeri has a suitcase full of tips and tricks to ensure any lurking obstacles stay at bay!
As a professional fundraiser for the past 26 years, there are two current issues that truly matter to Jeri: inequity in public education and the climate crisis. She has raised over $26 million for public education reform, in an effort to transform teaching and learning so that every child, regardless of economics or background, thrives in school. This included a $10 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, something she’s very proud of. Jeri spends her day job, as Development Director at Rainforest Action Network, working at the intersection of forest destruction, the climate crisis, and human rights. And Jeri’s active roots go deep: as a member of the “Producer Consumer Project” at the American Friends Service Committee back in 1980, a Quaker organization that works for peace and social justice around the world, Jeri was on a team that created the first certified farmers market in San Francisco, the Heart of the City Certified Farmers Market. It seems as if Jeri has always set the bar high — whether for herself or her community.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CREDENTIALS:
- Triathlon: 19 Ironmans, 7 Ironman age group wins, 9 x to Hawaii Ironman; Ironman age-group world record (age 46, Ironman Austria, 2002); ); 3rd place 70.3 World Championships 2006; 3rd place ITU Long Course Triathlon Word Championships, 2005, Sweden; 4th place ITU Long Course Triathlong World Championships, 2011, USA
- Running: 2x female champion of Quadruple Dipsea, Mill Valley, CA; 24x ultramarathon (50K) finisher, age group champion 22x; 2009 overall female champion, Mt. Tam Triple Crown
- Owner, Triple Pursuit (coaching services) — for the podium, for the journey, for life
- Masters in Public Health Nutrition, UC Berkeley; Undergraduate degrees in Human Biology and Nutritional Biochemistry
- Mom and wife!
- Host free fitness events at the Athleta Mill Valley store
- Create and manage Marin’s only elite women’s triathlon team
- February: Boulder Mt. Skate Ski Marathon – (21 consecutive years of racing – top 5 performance)
- March: Way Too Cool 50K- win age division (13 consecutive years of winning age div)
- May: Ironman St. George (win age div)
- June: Dipsea (win family trophy with husband!)
- July: race at new Ironman 70.3 and qualify for IM 70.3 Worlds
- August: race or train for IM Worlds 70.3
- September: Ironman 70.3 Worlds (podium – I did this race last year and I had 2 flat tires so I am eager to return in 2012 and stand on podium)
- October: Hawaii Ironman podium finish
- December: North Face 50K National Championships (top 5 overall female)
Photo by Laticia Headings