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Alyssa Morrison (CoachAJ) Half Ironman Program Coach

As a schooled occupational therapist, AJ has been helping people improve their fitness for years. AJ is the founder and head coach of Multisport In Motion - She is also a certified USAT Level 1 triathlon coach, USAT youth and junior triathlon coach, US Level 3 Cycling Coach and personal trainer. Building on the experience as a collegiate athlete in track and field, AJ is a seasoned triathlete. She was named to DC Tri Club's Elite Team in 2010 and 2011, as well as the DC Tri Snapple Elite Team in 2012. She qualified for the 2009 and 2010 USAT Long Course National Championships, as well as the 2010 Ironman World Championships 70.3. In addition, AJ represented Team USA at the 2010 ITU Short-Course Dualthon World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. AJ was named USAT Honorable Mention All-American for triathlon in 2010 and 2011.

As the coach of DC Tri Club’s Half Ironman and Ironman Training Programs, AJ looks forward to sharing her knowledge and inspiring others in the DC Triathlon Club. 
Chris Jackson
 (chris913)Half Ironman Program Lead Coordinator and Clinic Co-Coordinator

Steve O'Donnell (kromatog) Half Ironman Program Communications Co-Coordinator

I started triathlons late in life at the behest of my wife who began competing in endurance events through her work promoting the recovery benefits of Chocolate Milk. In 2012, we did several sprints and Olympic distance events after joining DC Tri. We enjoy loading up the SUV or a camper with dogs and tri-gear, and traveling around to local races. The opportunity to work at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, 2012, spending time with world class triathletes and the approach of my big 5-0, inspired me to go for a full Ironman. Knowing I had to build up to it, I joined the HIP program for the 2013 season, followed the program very closely, and found it invaluable. I completed three half distance (70.3) events, taking third for my age group in the Maryland Rev 3, and going on to Ironman Arizona in November, hitting my target finish of 11 hours. I believe my success has been based on sticking closely to a proven training plan, heart rate training, and the proper nutrition before, during and after workouts. I’ve enjoyed the challenge at every stage, and now volunteer with the HIP program to share my experiences and what I have learned, as well as continue on the learning curve.

Dena Richardson (denaindc) Half Ironman Program Communications Co-Coordinator

I started doing triathlons with the goal of completing an Ironman. To meet this goal, I knew I would need the support of the triathlon community in addition to training, so I joined NTP in 2009. Since that time I have completed two ironman events, multiple halfs and olys along the way, and have made some incredible friends. I found that halfs are one of my favorite distances, long enough to be an endurance event but short enough to not completely take over life. I have had to learn how to balance training with a job that includes international travel. Most of my tri's have been local (driving distance) but I have had some races that I needed to fly to. I hope to be able to share what I've learned to help you reach your goals.

Simon Heranez (nomisdc)Half Ironman Program Event Coordinator

Hi I'm Simon. I joined DC Tri in 2005, completed my first IM in 2006, and have done IM Florida, Arizona, and Texas among other triathlons and endurance events. I represent a niche of athletes that are older / master, Clydesdale / Athena, and believe in a cross-functional training approach to athletics. As far as the Tri Club goes I enjoy helping those new to the sport, sharing stories with other veterans, and encouraging members to volunteer to help the club. I like hearing your stories over beer and wine and am honored to be your events organizer. I grew up a multi-sport athlete, was made to run in the military, and brought this flexible philosophy in recent years to complete triathlons while competing in the Crossfit Games Open. As far as the credential thingy I have several awards in the Clydesdale division, but admittedly am not the person if you are seeking to win the national miles challenge or want to spend 18+ hours per week training. My goals this year are to complete Ironman Texas and Chattanooga, maintain my levels of strength in main Crossfit lifts (squat, deadlift, press, bench press), and optimize my time so I can achieve business and other life goals.

Cindy Hutchings (hutchings) Half Ironman Program Clinic Co-Coordinator

My triathlon career started in the mid-80’s with the Bud Light Series.  I quickly discovered that my beer hydration method did not work after ending up in the medical tent.  So I kept the beer and dropped triathlons.  After a 20 year layoff, I resumed my triathlon career with some prodding from a workout buddy.  In the past 10 years, I have gone from a middle of the pack age-grouper to part of Team USA for the 2013 and 2014 ITU Triathlon World Championships in London and Edmonton, respectively.  Most of my energy is spent on the Olympic distance thanks to Team USA, but my preferred distance is the HIM.  I always manage to sneak Eagleman onto my race schedule.  I was a competitive swimmer growing up.  As an adult, I have managed to learn to bike and run in spite of my swimming handicap.  I decided to volunteer with the HIP as a way to share my knowledge and experiences (no beer in the bike water bottles), and to help others meet their goals.


Diane Donahue (dmd326) Half Ironman Program Group Workout Coordinator

After years of being a semi-professional desk-jockey and couch potato, Diane decided it was time for something different. She had friends that did triathlon, but even with a background in swimming, she wasn't sold. She couldn't believe people run for fun, and didn't even own a bike. Yet, after cheering for friends at Nations Tri in 2010, she knew NTP was the next step. She trained hard, got healthier, met some great people and started to see what all the excitement was about. Everyone is good at something, everyone has something to work on, and no matter your pace, everyone is in it together. Triathlon is awesome. In November 2011 she accompanied her other half on a race-cation to Cozumel, Mexico and cheered at her first Ironman. The next week, she registered for her own half. Ten months of training, and she could proudly display her 70.3 sticker on her car completing Beach2Battleship in 2012. After taking a year to reconnect with friends and work on her short race, she's back to training for her second half at 70.3 Princeton. She decided to volunteer with HIP to meet new people and get involved with a group that means so much to her.