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About Peasantman™
The idea for Peasantman evolved from the rising costs of competitive triathlons. It was first conceived and named in 2003 by Joe McMahon of Rochester, New York. He and two friends, Chris Greklek and Steve Anderson, had been brainstorming plans for the event for several years, however it wasn't until 2011 that they were able to finally put their ideas together to make things happen. The 'Steel Distance' idea was intended to be just a little longer than traditional ultra-distance races, and the first race debuted in 2013.
Penn Yan was chosen for many reasons. It's located in one of the most beautiful parts of wine country in New York State, right in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. It has an ideal, picturesque lake for this type of swim event, and scenic country roads for bicycling and running. It's centrally located between some of the bigger cities in upstate New York. But most importantly, the village of Penn Yan, the town of Jerusalem and the other surrounding communities have been very cooperative and receptive to the cause, and we're proud to continue our partnership with them.  
Our Logo: Designed in 2009, the farming theme symbolizes the peasant working class. The triathlon is symbolized by the three-pronged pitchfork and the sickles that form a triangle. The peasant silhouette is named 'Dudley', after Dudley Hallstead, the first person ever to register for Peasantman. If you see Dudley, you have our permission to call him "the logo."
Our Founders
Joe McMahon, R.N.
Founder and CEO, USAT Certified Race Director
Peasantman founder Joe McMahon moved to the Rochester area at age 20 and began his triathlon career soon after. He has been organizing, directing, and participating in races ever since. He is the owner of a successful Rochester-based sign manufacturing company, E-lite Neon Signs, LLC, and recently graduated with an RN degree. Joe also recently earned Certified Race Director status from USA Triathlon (USAT), which further enhances his abilities in creating and managing triathlons. You can find him in the official USAT race director listings for the Northeast Region.
His athletic background and statistics include over 500 races, including over 35 full distance triathlons (including several Steel Distances), 60+ marathons, 17 half distance triathlons, over 200 multi-sport events, 5k's, 10k's and half marathons. He's been a member of Rochester Area Triathletes (RATS) since 1991. RATS is the second oldest multisport club in the country. Right now Joe is unofficially the #2 athlete in New York State for most full distance triathlons completed, and is well respected in a number of statewide triathlon clubs.
Joe was race director for a Buffalo-based 5k charity race for four years. After that, he became race director for Daniel's 5k in Churchville, NY. To this day, Daniel’s 5k has raised more than $50,000 for cancer charities and is now being coordinated by Daniel’s parents. Throughout Joe's years of competition, he's been a participant or leader of teams that have raised nearly $91 million for assorted charities.
Chris Greklek
Co-Race Director, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Sales
Chris is a 51 year old professional and father of three children. His children are very active in their schools and community. They love volunteering at Peasantman. Chris is a graduate of Siena College and has lived in the Albany, New York area for over 25 years.
His professional experience spans many years of sales and marketing. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and management for over 20 years. In addition, he has run and currently owns several successful real estate and networking businesses.
Chris is an award-winning iron distance triathlete. His athletic career consists of two iron distance triathlons, many half iron distances and other triathlons, 15 marathons (PR 3:18), and he has achieved the rank of 6th degree black belt in tae kwon do.
Most importantly, Chris is a cancer survivor (multiple myeloma) for over a decade, and he has raised over $10,000 in funds for local cancer support groups and charities. Due to the effects of the cancer on his body, he's no longer able to compete, but he's looking forward to working on and building Peasantman. Chris says that just to provide other athletes the opportunity to take part in such a great event will bring him much personal satisfaction.
Steve Anderson
Co-Race Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Creative Services Director
Outside of Peasantman, Steve is an entrepreneur who wears many hats. He runs CD Slimspine LLC, a company based on a product that he invented and patented. During normal daylight hours he is a Packaging Design Manager for a Canadian-American paper manufacturing company.
He's a graphic artist and web designer, an avid musician and recording artist, a multimedia and video producer, a former track star and much more. With two decades of experience in television broadcasting, graphic design and marketing, Steve is able to provide a high level of knowledge and experience to Peasantman. You've seen his work - he designed the Peasantman logo, built our website, and creates all of our ads, videos and marketing materials.
Due to old lingering sports injuries, he's no longer able to compete in triathlons, however he enjoys being an integral part of the Peasantman Team.
Kate Jarrard-Bulluck
Volunteer Coordinator
Kate Jarrard-Bulluck has been with Peasantman since day one. Aside from being our Volunteer Coordinator, she's a music educator and performer in Upstate New York. She is the district string orchestra teacher for the Plattsburgh City School District, conductor and board member of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association, was recently elected to serve as the Zone 6 Representative for the New York State School Music Association, is the vice president of the Clinton County Music Educators’ Association, and is also involved in numerous educational and public actions and organizations. She most often performs on bassoon or viola in numerous professional and community ensembles.
Kate was active in school and community sports, namely cross-country and softball. While she rarely races at this point, she is still an active athlete, and particularly enjoys a long run at the end of a busy school day.
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