Michael Brych, President and Founder
“It’s quite rewarding to brainstorm, plan, and coordinate for 360 days out of the year to see everything come together during the several hours that make up our race days.”
Cazenovia (NY) native Michael (Mike) Brych founded the Delta Lake Triathlon with Jeremy Roberts in 2010 in the first official venture of ATC Endurance. A USAT Certified Race Director, Mike is an accomplished endurance athlete, collegiate and personal coach, and educator.
Mike successfully completed IronMan Lake Placid in both 2008 and 2013, and counts the Boston Marathon and Boilermaker Road Race as some of his favorite competitive events. For years, Mike was seen as the face of the Boilermaker 15K in many Utica-Rome media outlets flashing what has become known as his signature racing wave to Boilermaker fans; he holds a personal record of 51:24 in the event. His personal best marathon came in 2003 at the Casino Niagara Marathon; he has completed and won numerous local running events.
Mike, his wife, and three sons reside in New York Mills, New York, and settled in the Utica area upon graduating from SUNY Cortland with a BS in Athletic Training, a BSE in Physical Education, and MS in Health Education. He teaches physical education and health at New Hartford Central School, trains triathletes year-round, and once coached cross-country at Utica College.
Jeremy Roberts, Founding Race Director; Swim and Run Course Safety Director
“I enjoy the being the biggest cheerleader for our athletes out on the race course while ensuring their safety. That way, all they have to worry about is competing at their best!”
Jeremy Roberts helped Mike Brych get ATC Endurance up and running first at Delta Lake at in 2010, and has been a race director and safety coordinator for each and every ATC event since. A physical education teacher at the New York State School For The Deaf in Rome (NY), when he is not putting on ATC races or training himself, Jeremy is the QUEST Youth Group director at the Resurrection Life Church. He and his wife Becky—an educator and triathlete as well, live in Rome with their three children.
Jeremy has competed in numerous endurance events, and considers his IronMan finishes in IronMan Florida (2000) and Lake Placid (2012) among his races, alongside the Big George Half IronMan and USMC Marathon. In fact, his participation in the Marine Corps Marathon in 2012 allowed Jeremy to “bring it all back home” for a moment, as Jeremy served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years as a heavy machine gunner, security force operative, and combat water safety instructor.
Lacrosse is another of Jeremy’s passions, as well as his alma mater, Syracuse University, where he earned a BS in Physical Education. He also holds a MS in physical education from Emporia State University. As with Mike Brych, Jeremy trains triathletes year-round.
Ryan Orilio, Race-Day Director; Bike Course Coordinator; Media
“The one downside about doing what I do on race day is that I don’t get to actually race our events myself.”
Ryan Orilio has been part of the ATC Endurance team since its inception, working in various capacities on race days. More recently, he has taken on the role of coordinating ATC bike courses on race day, but much of his time is spent on ATC tasks throughout the year, producing media content, and perhaps more importantly, designing each of the race t-shirts!
Ryan is an educator living in New Hartford (NY) with his wife and two dogs. He is the Technology Coordinator for the Mohawk Valley RIC at Herkimer and West Canada Central School Districts, and serves as a consultant for Apple, Inc. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and professional photographer. Ryan holds degrees in technology education from SUNY Oswego and Information Design & Technology from SUNYIT.
A steadfast runner, Ryan seldom misses the Disney World Marathon weekend, where he has competed in the full or half marathon events; he is a Ragnar Relay ambassador, and in his early twenties, rented a house with Mike Brych, making it for some time “the fastest racing house in New Hartford,” a title of much distinction in a proud racing community.
James Davis, special assistant to the president; Race-Day Director
“I try to solve challenges as they arise, but really like working on the t-shirts!”
James Davis has been with ATC Endurance from day one, where he has served as a consultant to the race directors on all facets of race operations. Perpetually curious and a proverbial jack of all trades, he is constantly working on conceptual projects for ATC and creating strategies to enhance ATC race experiences. On race day, James generally spends most of his time dealing with particulars as they arise, which means he can be seen anywhere and everywhere.
James is a New Hartford (NY) native, where he resides with his wife and three children. He has been an educator since 1999, during which he has been awarded numerous awards for his high school teaching and recognition for his curriculum design. Author of Legendary Locals of Greater Utica, and co-author of Utica: Then and Now, he has written countless articles, served as an editor (lately for the Utica Comets Inaugural yearbook) and most recently has served as historical consultant for the Utica Memorial Auditorium. He has studied at the State University or New York, Harvard University, and the University of Rochester.