DREW HUNTER, VIRGINIA
The OG Tinman, and the reason we're all here. After putting together one of the most impressive high school careers in history, Drew flipped the running world on its head by signing a contract with adidas at the age of 18. Now established as one of the U.S. top middle distance runners, Drew silenced the doubters by winning a national title and qualifying for the IAAF World Championships in 2019. Drew brings a ferocity and work ethic that empowers the team to achieve individual and collective goals.
REED FISCHEr, Minnesota
Reed was a 4:29 miler when he showed up at Drake University. With a level-headed, nose-to-the-grindstone, Midwestern approach to training and racing, he willed himself into one of the NCAA's best. Reed placed higher at NCAAs than he did at the Minnesota State Meet. A believer in betting on yourself, he turned down several funded groups to work full-time in Boulder and become a founding member of the team. Reed brings a "no bad days" attitude and an analytical, uplifting presence to the team.
SAM PARSONS, DELAWARE
Sam learned the importance of camaraderie while at NC State, where he served as captain for three years. An adventurer at heart, he decided to quit running after college to experience the world and find his path in life. After traveling to 16 countries in four months, Sam realized the sport wasn't done with him and decided to put his shenanigans aside. He now serves as proof that with the right mentality, people behind you, and an unwavering self-belief, you can reach new heights. Sam serves as creative director for the team and was the first member of the team to compete in a World Championships finishing 23rd. Sam brings a fun-loving, yet compassionate leadership to the team.
PATRICK JOSEPH, VIRGINIA
Patrick is fast. Like ‘be an inspiration to Drew Hunter’ fast. His natural speed has led him to multiple All-American honors and an NCAA title in the DMR. After college, Drew kept tabs on his old role model, ultimately encouraging him to move to Boulder and bet on himself. Now, as he transitions into the world of post-collegiate running, he’s ready to display that speed against the nation’s best. Patrick brings a quirky presence and an eager confidence to the team.
SYDNEY GIDABUDAY, California
One of the most unique names and stories in running, Sydney’s story began in Tanzania. After leaving his home country to live in the U.S. with an adoptive family, he quickly established himself as a top prep runner before heading to the altitude dynasty of Adams State. A decorated collegiate career made Sydney a seven-time national champion and the second fastest 5,000m runner in Division II history. Now in Boulder, Sydney wants to prove himself as a consistent force to be reckoned with. Sydney brings a quiet kindness, genuine heart, and undisputed talent to the team.
CONNOR WINTER, COLORADO
Boulder born, just like Tinman Elite—Connor ran for the prestigious University of Colorado. Connor decided to take a step away from the sport after graduation to pursue his start up and mission work. But as often happens in this sport, Connor felt the itch to return to running. He immediately found a home on Tinman Elite’s roster thanks to an “all in” mentality. He’ll be competing for a spot on the Olympic team in the steeplechase in 2020. Connor brings an infectious, uplifting, presence that elevates all members of the team.
JOEY BERRIATUA, CALIFORNia
Joey’s first connection with Tinman Elite came as a supporter. He bought an OG black tee, inspired by the meaning behind the logo. Shortly thereafter, Joey reached out to Coach Schwartz, hoping to pursue his dream of running post-collegiately. An optimist to his core, Joey arrived in Boulder ready to prove himself as a teammate and competitor. His attitude, work ethic, and contagious love for the entire team makes him one of Tinman Elite’s most valued members. Joey brings an undying, genuine love for the sport and his teammates that manifests into a contagious optimism to the team.
Tyler mueller, Pennsylvania
Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Tyler brings a hard-nosed Philly attitude to the group. Tyler epitomizes the blue collar runner. He's retired from the sport twice only to return after rediscovering his love for running—all while holding down a full-time job. As the oldest member of the team, Tyler is the mentor and running encyclopedia of the squad.
Jeff thies, california
Growing up in Surf City, USA—Jeff ignored the beaches, opting for the track. After a successful high school career, he found a new home at the University of Portland. While a Pilot, Jeff asserted his range with All American finishes in the 1500m and cross country. A broken foot derailed his final collegiate season and he was left with an undeniable chip on his shoulder. Jeff is one of the most overlooked up-and-coming talents in American distance running. Jeff brings an ambitious spirit and an uncompromising hunger for excellence to the team.
AARON TEMPLETON, TENNESSEE
Aaron has been running like a Tinman for his entire career—often taking races from the gun and pushing his limits in high school and the NCAA. This mindset was most visible at the 2018 NCAA XC Championships, where he took over the lead at 9K and hammered—breaking up the dwindling lead pack and crossing the line in 5th. Now moving up to the professional ranks, Aaron’s goofy nature and wide range made him a natural fit for Tinman Elite. Aaron brings an unfettered enthusiasm and tenacity to Tinman Elite that lifts up those around him.
Jordan Gusman, australia
Hailing from the Land Down Under, Jordan developed his work ethic while working 12 hours a day of hard labor with his parents for their property maintenance business, then heading to an 800m loop down the block to do his workouts at night. Jordan’s hard work culminated with runner-up finishes in the 1500m and 5000m in the Australian National Championships in 2016 & 2017 respectively. Jordan brings a headstrong and unrelenting approach to running that embodies the Tinman mentality and will take him to the upper echelons of our sport.
HENRY DWYER, Georgia
Despite dealing with a series of setbacks in college, Henry graduated with a steadfast belief the sport had more in store for him. Henry came to Boulder in search of strength, stamina, and a team. He’s found all three with Tinman Elite. After getting dropped (and lost) on his first long run with the team, he put his head down and got to work, and the work is paying off. Henry never qualified for an NCAA Championship, but earned a spot on the line of his first US Championship this year. Henry brings a quiet, open-minded attitude, coupled with an eagerness to help the team whenever given the chance.