Group Directors

Jerry Schaver

Director 2015 to Present

director01Personal History of Jerry Schaver Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group Jerry was born and raised in a small community in Albany, Illinois along the muddy Mississippi river. Jerry still resides in Albany today. He is the youngest son of three boys. He graduated from Fulton High school in 1977. He has one daughter, Nichole and grandsons, Hunter and Nolan. Jerry works for Alcoa Mill Products in Bettendorf, Iowa. Jerry also does volunteer work for the Special Olympics, YWCA, and local races in the community. His life lessons were learned from his grandfather on how to be compassionate with others and to make life simple. Jerry enjoys many hobbies. Hiking in the woods, enjoying the nature and wildlife, or viewing the mountains, and maybe climbing a few too! Motorcycle riding has became his new passion, along with bicycle riding. Jerry bikes either to help recover from injuries, or for an alternative to training. Recently he has got his grandson involved in bike riding with a trail along bike. The two of them enjoy riding on the local bike path. Weight-lifting is an important hobby but also a great tool for marathon training. Jerry was a heavy smoker and overweight when he decided to take up running to get back into shape in 1994. He first tried out small races but went on to do his first marathon in 1995 in Chicago. He had no experience and no one to give him advice and learned that day he had a lot to learn yet. Jerry became determined that running marathons was something he wanted to continue to do. Jerry became a member of the 50 and DC Marathon Group in 1999 after completing 20 states as in the old rules. After being in the group a few years he felt there was a need to have a website to help with the growing number of members. Jerry with the help of his web-designer friend Bob developed a website for the group in 2001. He also is the web host of the website, taking care of all the members’ stats and etc. Jerry is now the Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group since December 1, 2002. Through his travels on marathons, he has developed many friendships around the world. Jerry has traveled twice to Cuba with World T.E.A.M. Sports to run marathons, but the main goal of the trips was to help the disabled Cuban athletes with hand-cycles and medical injury prevention. His compassion for helping the disabled has enabled him to help them with their goals of doing marathons by allowing them to join the 50 and DC Group under special rules. Long term goals for Jerry include running marathons in Russia and Ireland. And hopefully in the future have his two grandsons by his side running a marathon with him. Jerry lives by his motto of “I can, I will, I’ll try, I do.”

Jennifer Ortlinghaus

Director 2012 to 2015

director03Personal History of Jennifer Ortlinghaus Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group Jen has always lived in California. She was born in San Francisco, moved to San Rafael on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and now lives in nearby Santa Rosa. She is married to Will Ortlinghaus, and is the stepmother to his two boys. Jen’s family has always supported her athletic events throughout her life. They even traveled all the way from California to Massachusetts to watch her run the Boston Marathon! (Brother- once; parents-twice; husband- four times.) Jen studied Spanish Literature at U.C. Davis, and received a teaching credential from Dominican University in San Rafael. She began her teaching career as a high school Spanish teacher, and few years later added Physical Education to her schedule. Jen decided it was time for a change, and went to an elementary school to teach first and second grades in a dual language program. Eventually wanting a job closer to home, she moved to an elementary school in Petaluma where she currently teaches sixth grade. Jen completed her first marathon in 1999 at Walt Disney World. She promptly “quit” marathoning afterwards…until she registered for the Rock-n-Roll San Diego Marathon. After declaring that she would never do more marathons and then actually doing some here and there, Jen took quite a few years off from this distance. Her husband, Will, had told her that, “running marathons is unhealthy.” Although he meant that it was unhealthy to attempt marathons without appropriate training, it was just the excuse Jen was looking for to quit. She decided that maybe one last marathon would be a good idea, and in 2006 registered for the Green Bay Marathon. This time Jen did a rigorous training program in order to prepare. In Green Bay she got her time down substantially, and realized that by just dropping fifteen more minutes she could qualify for Boston. She trained hard again, and ran the Silicon Valley Marathon (CA) twenty minutes faster than Green Bay in order to qualify. Additionally, Jen became a Packer fan that day. In 2006, the racecourse included running through the players’ tunnel and a lap inside Lambeau Field. Jen ran into the stadium as a San Francisco 49er season ticket holder, and came out a Cheesehead! She has since had the opportunity to return to Green Bay to attend two Packers games so far. In fact she adores the team so much she purchased a share of stock and can now proudly call herself an owner of the team. As for her husband: Will had been traveling with Jen to many of her races as a spectator. He finally became bored with just cheering for her, and completed his first half-marathon in Arizona in 2009. He has also finished 4 marathons in 3 states, including qualifying for and running Boston. Will is now an ultra-marathoner. Jen still has many states to run in order to complete her first 50 and D.C. She is looking forward to running with many of you in all of her remaining states!

Shelly B. Bydlinski

Director 2011 to 2012

director02Personal History of Shelly B. Bydlinski Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group Originally from North Carolina, and after living 25 years in Atlanta, Shelly currently resides on St. Simons Island, Georgia, with her husband, Stephen. Their blended family consists of four daughters, a son, and two grandsons - as well as 9 cats! In 2005, Shelly’s youngest daughter, Laurel, was the first recipient of the 50 and D.C. Marathon Group Scholarship. Laurel has since graduated from college and is a pursuing a career as a writer. Shelly works for the Glynn County School System as the K-12 Mathematics Coordinator. Prior to this position, she was a middle school mathematics teacher and an Academic Instructional Coach. Shelly has 20 years of experience in the education profession. As for marathoning, Shelly began walking in 1990 at the encouragement of her daughter, Elizabeth, as a way to quit smoking. It did not take long for Shelly to decide to try running from one mailbox to the next in her neighborhood. One run led to the next and soon she was looking forward to her daily runs. One of her favorite memories is the day she ran an entire mile without stopping! That was more than 20 years and 65 marathons ago! Plus, she said “so long” to cigarettes, too! In 1993, Shelly completed her first – and what was to be her only – marathon. She ran the Honolulu Marathon and was hooked! Having never been a runner or athlete of any sort, she knew she had found her niche. It was not until 1998, that she “discovered” the 50 and D.C. Marathon Group. By that time, she was close to the required 20 marathons to join – as in the old rules – and with her friend, Rose – who she met at the Sunburst Marathon in Indiana in 1998 – she ran her qualifying marathon in Burlington, VT in 2000. After another 30 marathons, Shelly ran her finishing marathon at the Cape Cod Marathon, in Falmouth, MA, on October 31, 2004. Her husband was on hand as well as her mother and sister who showed up from N.C. and VA to surprise her at the finish line! A bottle of Dom Perignon rounded out the celebration! In 2009, Shelly became the Medals4Mettle (M4M) chapter coordinator for Georgia. This volunteer position has allowed Shelly to facilitate the gifting of donated marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses. She works closely with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to coordinate presentation ceremonies. Her local track club, Golden Isles Track Club, donates toward the purchase of ribbons for the medals. Zulu Racing has been an integral partner in the donation and presentation of the medals. To find out more about M4M, go to http://www.medals4mettle.org Due to hip difficulties, Shelly has run only a handful of marathons since finishing the circuit. In 2008, she had a hip replacement and now limits her mileage. She continues to love running – it is her passion! What’s on the “Bucket List” for Shelly … the Tahiti Moorea Marathon – because one can dream!

Jerry Schaver

Director 2002 to 2011

director01Personal History of Jerry Schaver Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group Jerry was born and raised in a small community in Albany, Illinois along the muddy Mississippi river. Jerry still resides in Albany today. He is the youngest son of three boys. He graduated from Fulton High school in 1977. He has one daughter, Nichole and grandsons, Hunter and Nolan. Jerry works for Alcoa Mill Products in Bettendorf, Iowa. Jerry also does volunteer work for the Special Olympics, YWCA, and local races in the community. His life lessons were learned from his grandfather on how to be compassionate with others and to make life simple. Jerry enjoys many hobbies. Hiking in the woods, enjoying the nature and wildlife, or viewing the mountains, and maybe climbing a few too! Motorcycle riding has became his new passion, along with bicycle riding. Jerry bikes either to help recover from injuries, or for an alternative to training. Recently he has got his grandson involved in bike riding with a trail along bike. The two of them enjoy riding on the local bike path. Weight-lifting is an important hobby but also a great tool for marathon training. Jerry was a heavy smoker and overweight when he decided to take up running to get back into shape in 1994. He first tried out small races but went on to do his first marathon in 1995 in Chicago. He had no experience and no one to give him advice and learned that day he had a lot to learn yet. Jerry became determined that running marathons was something he wanted to continue to do. Jerry became a member of the 50 and DC Marathon Group in 1999 after completing 20 states as in the old rules. After being in the group a few years he felt there was a need to have a website to help with the growing number of members. Jerry with the help of his web-designer friend Bob developed a website for the group in 2001. He also is the web host of the website, taking care of all the members’ stats and etc. Jerry is now the Group Director of the 50 and DC Marathon Group since December 1, 2002. Through his travels on marathons, he has developed many friendships around the world. Jerry has traveled twice to Cuba with World T.E.A.M. Sports to run marathons, but the main goal of the trips was to help the disabled Cuban athletes with hand-cycles and medical injury prevention. His compassion for helping the disabled has enabled him to help them with their goals of doing marathons by allowing them to join the 50 and DC Group under special rules. Long term goals for Jerry include running marathons in Russia and Ireland. And hopefully in the future have his two grandsons by his side running a marathon with him. Jerry lives by his motto of “I can, I will, I’ll try, I do.”