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Neal Wilkinson

HTS Event Director
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Neal Wilkinson is a high school administrator at Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center in Goshen New York and the founder of the Orange County Triathlon. He is also Co-Owner of High Torque Sports, a Sports Marketing and Event Management Company located in the Hudson Valley, and a certified USA Triathlon race director. With a competitive track background, Neal began participating in distance running and the sport of triathlon 10 years ago and has since competed in every distance including the 2012 Ironman US championships. Neal was born and raised in Newburgh New York and believes in the positive energy that surrounds us in the Hudson Valley. Neal loves his work in education and supports a positive learning environment for his students and staff to produce productive high achieving members for our society.Neal lives in Orange County New York with his wife and two children and has deep roots in Newburgh New York, the birthplace of the Orange County Triathlon. Neal could not have achieved half the accomplishments in life without the amazing support of his wife and two children.
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Jeff Vizethann

HTS Event Director
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Jeff Vizethann is a Co-Founder of The Orange County Triathlon & High Torque Sports, A sports marketing and event management company located in New York. Jeff is also a USA Triathlon Certified Race Director and lives in New York with his wife and three children. He played football for Albany State and found triathlon after college mainly for a way to stay in shape. He was hooked! Jeff has competed in 5 IronMan events, run 15 Marathons including The Boston Marathon 4 times. All of this experience has given Jeff a unique perspective on how to organize an event from the racer’s point of view. Fitness and Health Care are a major part of Jeff’s life, as he has been working in healthcare for the past 23 years helping patients with Diabetes and Obesity live better lives, while using diet and exercise to control their symptoms and feel better.
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Julie Gillis-Bengyak

On-Line Media Director
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Julie is the Event Media Director at High Torque Sports. Julie graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a Division I track and field scholarship and a 3.6 GPA. She held two school records in the 2000m and 3000m steeplechases and was a captain of the XC and T&F teams for two years. After college, Julie went on earn a Masters in Mathematics Education from City College in NYC. She taught middle school mathematics and coached high school track in Washington Heights, NY and Mamaroneck, NY. Julie fell in love with triathlons after helping a family member coach a Danskin Team in Training group and has been competing in them ever since! She has completed Ironman Arizona, 2 marathons, multiple Half-Ironmans, and hundreds of local road races and triathlons. She currently lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY with her husband Dan, son Will, and two dogs.
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Kelly Doherty Kane

Sponsorship Director
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Kelly is Special Education Teacher in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District as well as the part time Grants Coordinator for the City of Newburgh Police Department and the Sponsorship Director for High Torque Sports. She has a background in track and gymnastics and started distance running in 2000 completing her first NYC Marathon. She got introduced to the sport of triathlon in 2009 and has been hooked ever since. She has completed hundreds of road races, 3 marathons, various distance triathlons including 2 Half Ironmans with the goal of completing a full Ironman in 2015. Kelly enjoys the positive energy of these types of events and always tries to encourage friends and family to join in and try it out. She currently resides in Cornwall on Hudson, NY with her husband Jim and son Michael.