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Steve Lastoe, Founder. A career middle of the pack runner, Steve founded NYCRUNS in 2009 because he thought there was a need for a running calendar that focused on the New York Metropolitan Area. He had absolutely no idea where that idea was going to take him but is committed to building a company that provides good careers for people who want to put on the best running events possible in NYC while developing the NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon & Half Marathon into one of the world’s most popular races..

Steve lives with his wife Stacey, a few blocks from Prospect Park in Brooklyn where their dog Odie regularly shows him up by running laps around him. In his spare time, he snowboards and endures being a huge fan of the New York Mets. He has been known to podcast.

Michele Gretano, Director of Operations. A former running enthusiast, Michele completed over 40 half marathons before deciding to focus exclusively on Weightlifting and CrossFit.

She currently owns and manages CrossFit Bridge & Tunnel in addition to coordinating the volunteer program and various other back office duties at NYCRUNS.

Songyi Ma,  Chief Technology Officer. While he spends most of his time improving our online platform from our Malaysian branch, Ma occasionally visits New York to run our half marathons. Ma is probably the least experienced runner on the team but one day, he will finish an actual marathon as his beloved fiancee (or wife depending on how soon this is updated) cheers for him at the finish line.

Edwin Ortiz,  Director Of Race Development. Edwin has spent the better part of the last 13 years in the world of road racing and endurance sports. Professionally he has led logistical operations for some of the largest road races in country. Personally, he has competed as an age group athlete in countless running and triathlon races including a marathon, five Half-Ironman triathlons, and two Ironman triathlons.

As Director of Race Development, Edwin is charged with leading the operational development and execution of all NYCRUNS events.

In his spare time, Edwin is a huge professional wrestling fan and attends as many wrestling events as he can, including three Wrestlemanias! He currently lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife Yudi and his lovable two-year-old son Bryan!

Travis Jagroo, Event Development Manager. Although he ran his first half marathon in 2019, Travis is no stranger to the endurance sports industry. For over a decade he has had a hand in executing everything from obstacle races to trail ultras to road marathons and triathlons. On race day Travis can be found leading the course team.

Outside of the office Travis enjoys the great outdoors and spends his free time snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and kayaking. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his awesome fiancee and working on their lovely home in Jersey City.

Sasha Herman, Communications & Community Coordinator. A native Brooklynite and used-to-be Park Slope kid, Sasha has been running loops of Prospect Park with her family for every holiday throughout her entire childhood (probably before she could even walk). Now, on most mornings you can find her running all over Brooklyn with the Bed Stuy Flyers, or with her dog, Eliot. Her love of running rivals only her love of Brooklyn, and her favorite pastime is reading menus and familiarizing herself with the go-to neighborhood spots.

Sasha’s passion for sociology, urban planning, and community development fuels her excitement for her role as Communications and Community Coordinator. When you see her at a race, she is all too happy to chat and take your picture for you!

Michael Balbos, Senior Event Specialist.  A veteran of over 300 races, including 18 marathons and numerous multisport races, Michael has retired from running competitively and can now be found most mornings running the trails of Prospect Park with his chocolate lab Blossom.

Once upon a time, he was one of the very first people to “Join” NYCRUNS and was also our very first client.

Geoff Vincent, Senior Event Specialist. Geoff’s been running and racing in the New York area for over 40 years. A one-time regular of the road racing scene, these days he prefers to indulge in trail running when the opportunity arises.

Besides spending weekends out on the course placing mile markers or riding lead bike, Geoff’s day job finds him working for the State as an applications trainer. A big craft beer aficionado, Geoff lives in Kensington with his girlfriend Shana (who he met through running).

Tina Gilbie, Senior Event Specialist. Originally from Minnesota, Tina moved to New York in 1993. Thanks to a love of  the outdoors she started volunteering with NYCRUNS at the first Central Park Marathon & Half Marathon in 2013. She ran her one and only race that year – the NYCRUNS Spring Fling. Volunteering was more her speed, however, and Tina was quickly became a Team member. When she’s not making sure every runner is enjoying their race experience, you  can find Tina and her husband of 17 years enjoying life in NYC or preparing for retirement to Mexico. 

Douglas Olney, Course Manager. Doug first took up running while in high school in the mid-1970s and then ran cross-country and track at the Division III collegiate level.  Over 40 years later, Doug is still at it, although these days races are run more for participation rather than competition.

After getting up bright and early to set up your NYCRUNS event, Doug is most often found out on the race course, leading the pack on his bicycle, working at a water station, providing course directions, or taking on any other task dreamed up by the event directors!

Calley Jastrow, Event Specialist. Calley Jastrow, a native to the great state of Michigan, has literally planted her feet here in NYC. Calley is enthusiastic about  clocking the mileage and going on adventure runs through different boroughs, cities, and states. A firm believer that you can run outside in every type of weather, she loves encouraging others to find the purity and joy in running. When she isn’t taking off on a distance day or cheering for other runners on the sideline, you can find her designing for a private label fashion company in the heart of the city.

Mary Ball,  Lead Timer. The definition of a casual distance runner since her high school cross country days, Mary has worked on hundreds of different running events all over the United States in various capacities including event day staff, managerial, volunteer coordination and customer service roles and of course race timing and scoring. During an NYCRUNS race you’re most likely to find her in the timing van in front of her laptop.

Besides working on running events, Mary’s other passion is international education and exchange, a field she has worked in for the past 12 years. She has lived and worked for long periods in Japan and Ireland, but has now put down roots in Jersey City with her fiancé.