A recovering (brief) collegiate cross-country and track runner, Mike spends most of his time running these days as a competitive amateur soccer player. He joined the TCM team in October 2015 as the organization’s inaugural staff president, charged with evolving the organization’s reach as an active-living events organization. Mike is a board member of the Sanneh Foundation and also serves as an executive committee member of the British American Project. Prior to joining TCM, he was an external affairs executive at Comcast and Target Corporation. Mike spends his free time travelling with his wife, Jen, and chasing his obstinate basset hounds.
Virginia Brophy Achman
Virginia Brophy Achman is executive director of Twin Cities In Motion (TCM), the organizer of the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon and a year-round calendar of events. She joined TCM in 2000 as Race Operations Manager and served as Race Director before becoming Executive Director in 2004. During her leadership TCM has evolved into a mission-driven organization that promotes healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach and contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes, raising more than $1,000,000 annually with its charity partners. Virginia is active in the running industry and served as Chair of Women's Long Distance Running for USA Track & Field (2008-2012) and President of Running USA (2009-2012). Currently Virginia is a 24 year volunteer, serving as Chair of Registration for Race for the Cure--Susan G. Komen Twin Cities. Virginia is also serving a two year term on the Running USA Board of Directors and is a founding member and serving on the Marathon Safety and Security Summit Steering committee at the National Center for Spectators Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). A runner herself, Virginia has completed ten marathons. Virginia’s passion for getting the Twin Cities moving is reflected through the many programs TCM offers including corporate wellness and youth running. Through its year round running events, TCM is able to inspire and support individuals and families efforts to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
For some of us, a love of running comes natural and for others, it has to be learned. Terry is one of the others. As a junior high student, Terry dabbled in other sports, mainly football. He thinks his love for running developed as he was being chased down the football field by guys twice his size, where outrunning his opponents was nearly a matter of life and death. He's continued to run on and off over his adult life, running 12 marathons and countless other road races. He's been a coach for a local running group and a volunteer for a number of road races, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Terry joined the staff in the summer of 2006.
Elizabeth has been passionate about events since she learned you don’t need to have a birthday to throw a party at the age of five. Since then, all signs have pointed her towards a career combining her love of sports and events. Shortly after receiving a degree in Sports Marketing and Management from Indiana University, Elizabeth found her calling working on the Chicago Marathon and continued to work on the event directly and with event partners for nearly 20 years. Along the way, she worked on dozens of other events and couldn’t wait to get more involved with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon when she moved to Minneapolis with her husband and two school-aged children in 2014. A dream realized, Elizabeth proudly accepted the role of Race Director for TCM in 2016 and has run with it! When she isn’t planning events, she enjoys running (at a leisurely pace), playing volleyball, cooking, photography and exploring the Twin Cities and the rest of the great state of Minnesota with her family.
Joining Twin Cities In Motion in April 2016 combines Amy’s love of fitness and community with her professional experience in partnerships and event marketing. Amy enjoys building meaningful and lasting relationships between brands, companies and consumers by creating positive and impactful partnerships. With multiple previous positions in corporate sponsorships, special events, partnership marketing and merchandising in the retail and legal industries, Amy is thrilled to continue her career journey at TCM. Volunteer work allows Amy to focus on inspiring and promoting women to achieve their professional goals, hopes and dreams as a founding member of the Ellevate Network Twin Cities Chapter and with Dress for Success. Amy’s other passions include travel, running (when her back allows it), yoga, cooking and entertaining. She can also be found enjoying Lake Harriet in the peaceful morning hours, on weekends supporting the fantastic local chef-driven restaurant scene with her husband Dan and playing referee to their two young and very active sons.
Jessie Radmacher joined Twin Cities In Motion in August 2017 ready to hit the ground running. Jessie’s passion to connect with people only comes second to the joy she feels seeing others achieve the goals they set for themselves. With a strong background in the corporate wellness space, Jessie has lead strategic communication and product development efforts for companies like Life Time and The StayWell Company. These days, most of Jessie’s running is done when chasing her two little boys, but she does enjoy a peaceful jog when she gets the chance. Besides her two little boys, Jessie’s other passions include having a bit of a green thumb. She loves a good bouquet of flowers and enjoys working on the beautiful landscape she has created at her home. Jessie also has the travel bug having lived in several different parts of the world such as New Zealand and Belgium to name a couple. Jessie is certainly glad her journey has landed her here at Twin Cities In Motion.
Stemming from his experience as store manager for Run and Fun and serving as the LDR Chair for USATF MN, Ed played several key volunteer roles within the Twin Cities In Motion organization such as logistics with our youth events, and most recently division director for the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon before joining the staff in August 2014. When Ed isn’t at his desk filing permits and procuring myriad race supplies, he can be found schlepping pallets around the warehouse, or out at a race site taking measurements. His favorite activities include cheering on the Vikings, running and spending time with his wife and four beloved cats.
Charlie joined TCM after wearing many hats in the running industry. A former college coach and founder of the popular running website Down the Backstretch, Charlie is pleased to work for an organization that has long been important to him. A spectator at the first Twin Cities Marathon in 1982, Charlie won the inaugural Medtronic TC 10 Mile in 1999 and served the organization in various capacities prior to joining the staff. Charlie enjoys running, reading, cycling, and being active in the outdoors.
Vanessa joined TCM staff in spring of 2012. Originally from Green Bay, she now enjoys her time exploring the Twin Cities. Also known as Webnessa, you'll find her maintaining all TCM's online accounts and near the finish line on race day. Vanessa spends her free time soaking up the summer sun, traveling to visit friends around the country, and posting on her Instagram Story. She enjoys training for and completing half marathons, and became a marathon and triathlon finisher with the encouragement of her friends and family. She also serves as a volunteer birth doula at Methodist Hospital.
Kelli, a former Twin Cities In Motion intern and volunteer, joined the full-time staff after serving as the Outreach Coordinator at Bolder Options. Her responsibilities at TCM include recruiting and organizing the 5,000 volunteers needed to manage our year-round events. Kelli grew up in Shoreview, MN, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a degree in Sport Management, and now resides in Duluth. Kelli has a passion for running and loves spending time with her favorite people in the world: her nieces, Zoë and Cora; husband, Greg; golden retriever, Gracie; and newest family member: baby Lyla!
Kelly’s love for endurance sports started basically as soon as she could walk and has only grown since working in the race industry. Kelly joined TCM in 2017 focusing on designing the athlete’s experience through their race day journey. You can find Kelly doodling site maps and calculating how much Gatorade 30,000 runners can drink in a weekend.
Number crunching is the name of the game for Colleen! Colleen's duties range from managing company budgets to last-minute, emergency snow-clearing on race morning with Lindsey! Colleen joined the team in December 2013, coming to TCM from many years at REI. An avid runner, Colleen can often be found around the Saint Paul trails with her running group training for one of her marathons or half marathons. When she isn't laced up, she can be found cozied up on the couch with a good show, a good book, and some good wine!
Catherine keeps everything in working order with our event registration. You'll often find her working with duo, sometimes triple, monitors and her Shih Tzu, Dutchess, lying nearby. Catherine started working for TCM in 1999 before online registration was available and was paid $.25 for each registrant she entered in the database. She did seasonal data entry for five years before coming on board as a staff member. Not really a runner before working at TCM, Catherine has become a six-time half marathoner! Fun Fact: She has a passion for meteorology and is sometimes referred to as TCM's Official Weather Coordinator!
Colleen (CJ) grew up in Chicago and joined the TCM staff after working for Chicago Event Management (Chicago Marathon) for two years. Upon being hired by TCM in the summer of 2017, CJ relocated to Minnesota with her fiancé and her dog, Aspen. She’s constantly trying to learn all things Minnesota, and her current favorite treasure is the meat raffle, which she attends as often as she can! If CJ isn’t at her desk, you can find her in the warehouse organizing all the equipment and supplies for the next race on our calendar.
Lindsey, the voice of TCM keeps the physical office in motion by keeping up with office supplies, providing administrative support to managers, and providing every day frontline customer service. On race day you can find Lindsey out on the race course! Favorite activities include hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail, canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, spending time with her husband and daughter, and snuggling with furry goats!
Hailing from the great state of Kentucky, Jim Estes brings 25 years of track & field and long distance running experience as the former Director of Events with USATF, providing oversight and direction for USATF events, national championships and U.S. Olympic Trials. Here at Twin Cities In Motion, Jim stays busy managing our Professional Athlete Services and recruitment of athletes for the Medtronic TC 1 Mile, Medtronic TC 10 Mile, and Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Jim lives in Colorado with his wife, where they enjoy hikes in the mountains and baking birthday cakes for their three dogs.
Shannon recently finished her last semester at the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in graphic design. She is excited for the opportunity at TCM to grow her passion for design and hopefully spark a future passion for running, in hopes to run a 10K by next summer. When she’s not at work, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities, cooking new recipes, spending time with her friends and family, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and enjoying a few cold beers on the deck!
Bryan is a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Sports Management. Born in California, he moved to Burnsville, Minnesota at two years old. In high school, he competed in football and Olympic-style weightlifting. Operations isn't just a job for Bryan, it's a lifestyle. In addition to his operations work at TCM, he works in the daily operations department at TCF Bank Stadium. When not at class or work, he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and playing video games. Bryan is new to running and is excited to learn more about the operations of races and the overall sport of running.
Monica is currently a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as a retail merchandising major. She grew up in Wisconsin, enjoying activities such as horseback riding, running, playing volleyball, and being on the lake. The Twin Cities captured Monica’s heart as the area offers a combination of metropolitan life and nature. She is so excited to be working at TCM, where she can support others in living an active lifestyle. When she is not at work or class, Monica enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring the great restaurants around the cities, outdoor activities (when we are not snowed in), and game night with her friends.
Macy graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2018 with a BSB in Marketing and minor in International Business. She has previously volunteered for a local 5K and is excited to dive in deeper to the running world with TCM. Macy has run several 5Ks with her most recent one coming up in June! In her free time she enjoys running, playing with her dogs (a dachshund and malti-poo), and watching Netflix.
Taylor is a senior at the University of Minnesota where she will be graduating this May with a B.S. in Kinesiology. Taylor enjoys being active, which she was able to do a lot of growing up. She played hockey, soccer and golf competitively until college. After high school, Taylor turned to running and has run two marathons. Next, she plans to embark on a training journey to complete an Ironman (hopefully!). When not in class or working, she loves more than anything to be with her dog, or any dog, as well as enjoying a good Juicy Lucy burger. She hopes to stay in the field of partnerships after graduation.