Back in the fall of 2004, Gerry led his beloved Lions to their first Heps team title in a quarter century with a narrow victory at the Cross Country Championships in Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. He was the first Lion across the finish line (24:57.9) and earned first-team All-Ivy honors. A superb miler and 3,000-meter runner as an undergraduate, Groothuis has since turned his attention to longer races and hopes to someday represent Canada in the Olympic Games in the marathon. A 2005 graduate of Columbia with a degree in architecture, Groothuis currently uses his skills as a horticulturalist on the expansive grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which includes the Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens — a National Historic Landmark — and the 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. Gerry is married to Melody and has a young daughter, Bella.