Meet the Founder of Good Men Great Dads


Founder of Good Men Great Dads

Mike Woods

Mike grew up an hour outside of Detroit, raised by a single mother who put herself through school while working full-time.  An athlete in both high school and college. Mike graduated from Western Michigan University with an engineering degree, and has since worked as a project manager in the automotive industry.

Mike and his wife met when they were both training for the same half Ironman event in 2010.  They married in 2011 and now live in Mike's childhood hometown, raising their three boys in close proximity to extended family.  Mike is constantly striving to be a better parent in every way, which means for him first leading by quiet example:  for instance, figuring out with his wife which sacrifices to make in order to eradicate a literal mountain of debt within a year; quitting drinking as a possible barrier to his relationships and productivity; and maintaining a close network of fitness-oriented friends, including the bike-racing team he co-founded in 2012.

Mike is a student of human nature who started Good Men, Great Dads initially to simply connect like-minded men in his circle of influence around relationship and parenting issues -- not as some detached expert, but as someone in the trenches with the rest of us, asking the same questions about how to make this all work, and how to ultimately raise the wise, compassionate, and happy people that the world so desperately needs.

In his spare time, Mike loves endurance sports -- mountain biking, ultrarunning, and adventure racing as well as board sports, lake life, nature and adventures of all sorts, especially if family and friends are involved.  His personal goals -- besides developing Good Men, Great Dads as a much-needed platform of connection and inspiration -- are to one day run the granddaddy of all U.S. ultras, the Western States 100, and write a book connecting his two foundational passions:  parenting and adventure.