No one is more experienced on the roads and trails than our staff. We've managed races with participants in the hundreds and in the thousands. Together we've participated in thousands and thousands of races as runners ourselves, and been directing them for over 70 years combined. Three of our staff have been Race Directors themselves, and all of us love this sport.
Leverage our experience and equipment to take your event to the next level. Learn more about our services, or the races that we host ourselves. Give us a call at (508) 565-8045. If we're not available, please leave a message. Let's face it, we're probably out running...
Founder & President
Jason "Jay" Paganelli has been running for 20 years. He's competed in every race distance from 5k to 100+ miles. He's placed 3rd in the USATF Northeastern Regional Ultra-Running Championships, holds a USATF Coaching Certification, and has designed and managed dozens of race courses around New England, including award-winning state championships and charity runs for some of the largest non-profits in the world.
John Santillo has run THOUSANDS of races. You read that right. THOUSANDS. He's race-directed his own, in addition to toeing the line himself practically every weekend, for decades, around the country. John has multiple marathons under his belt, and is currently the Race Director for the Common Fence Point 5 Miler in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. John is a proud member of the Rhode Island Road Runners.
Brian Beausoleil has been a competitive runner for over 30 years, and has run over a thousand races, including 50+ marathons. He has continually given back to the sport, serving as Race Director for the Warren Substance Abuse 5k, the Hangover Classic, the Cross Country in the Park series and many others. He has served on the race management side of the sport for nearly 3 decades.
Fernando Mendonca has run for most of his life, but only started competing on the road race scene in the past 10 years. Since doing so he's racked up age group wins, and most notably, took home the Cross Country State Master's Championship Title during the 2012 Season in his home state of Rhode Island! Fernando has been on the race management side of the sport for 7 years.
Robert "Bob" Paganelli has been a life-long active-living enthusiast, serving in multiple professional health and well-being roles. He has a background and passion for weight lifting, and has been on the management side of road races for over 7 years now. Bob is an accomplished speaker within Toastmasters International, Communications & Leadership Program, and a proud US Patent recipient for a life-saving device.
Justin Teixeira is a Firefighter & Paramedic at the LIttle Compton Fire Department in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Justin joined the True North Running Company team 5 years ago, helping runners on the sidelines as our on-site EMT. He's now served as the Medical Director for over a dozens races, from 5k to 24-hour ultra-marathon, and provided operational support from local races to state championships.
Roger Mason brings us over 10 years of ultra-running crew experience, having served in an athlete-support role in 24-hour races throughout New England. Roger has a vast background in youth football, and brings an enthusiasm for competition to our start/finish lines that is contagious to our athletes and staff alike. Roger has been on the management side of road races for 7 years now.
Stephen Smith is a runner himself, with numerous races under his belt. More impressive is his volunteer history, having helped thousands and thousands of runners over the years through race-support and logistical/operational roles. You'll often find Stephen greeting our runners in our parking lots or on our volunteer shuttle buses, sharing his enthusiasm for the sport. He's been helping to manage races for over 7 years.
Jon Packer is a runner himself, having conquered many races from 5k to half marathon. As the owner of Jonathan Packer Photography, Jon also graces True North Running Company with his immense talent for capturing our races and our athletes with his beautiful images. Whether it's a action shot of an athlete or a scenic landscape image that shares the beauty of one of the courses, his work tells the story of our races.