Get to know us!

Jennifer Squires, a familiar face at the Santa Cruz Triathlon, takes over as Race Director this year.

Jennifer is an avid athlete who has been involved in the race since 2009. She worked her way up from volunteer to board member. In 2013, became Assistant Race Director where she worked side-by-side with outgoing Race Director Rich Larson throughout the planning process and on Race Day (she was the one on the mic starting each swim wave). Her experience in race management back, however, goes way back. She grew up helping her family organize and host Junior Olympics track and field meets in “Track Town, USA,” Eugene, Oregon.

She is proud of the deep ties to the community and youth athletics the Santa Cruz Triathlon maintains, and is excited to continue the race’s tradition of providing both volunteer opportunities and financial contributions to high school sports programs.

She also has experienced the Santa Cruz Triathlon from a competitor’s perspective; she has completed the race five times, individually and on relays.

Outside of triathlon, Jennifer is a writer and editor. She lives in Seacliff with her fiancé, Mike, their two dogs and six bikes.




Blair Mandell is Santa Cruz Triathlon Board President for the Santa Cruz Triathlon.

Blair is an Executive Recruiter/Talent Manager for some of the most exciting companies in Silicon Valley. Building out Clean-Tech, Emerging Technologies, and handful of Local non-profits, Blair has been a driver in bringing top talent to our area. His passion for technology is second to his involvement in our community and creating the best possible Non-Profit Triathlon that directly benefits our local schools sports programs.

Blair has been a triathlete for seven years and has been on the board for most of them. He took over the Chair when Dave Regan retried after thirty years of incredible service.