Wheels: Raleigh road bike named Happy
Commute: 10 miles, from Golden Gardens
Tarrell got into cycling through spin class. Not naturally athletic, cycling was the first time she ever felt like a jock – and she was hooked. She remembers her first foray into the city streets not long thereafter – and being terrified. But she kept it up, soon finishing the MS150 with a friend's team.
A graduate of Lewis and Clark College (Class of '91) and a longtime Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Tarrell has been helping non-profits raise money for over 19 years. In 2008, Tarrell made the move from at-home consulting to a fulltime Development Director position at an environmental organization downtown. That's when she started commuting by bike year round. "Bike commuting changed my life in ways I could have never imagined possible. Who knew, I could arrive at work (maybe a little wet and a little sweaty) awake, clear-headed, and ready to take on the day?"
A passionate environmentalist, Tarrell believes that bikes can save the world. (Or, at least make us a lot happier while we try). Tarrell lives in Ballard with her partner and two teenage sons.