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Alyssa Morrison (CoachAJ) 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. AJ is also a certified USAT Level 2 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 and 2013. 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 Ironman Training Program, AJ looks forward to sharing her knowledge and inspiring others in the DC Triathlon Club. AJ Morrison can be contacted at

Chris Jackson (chris913) Program Leader

Chris joined the DC Tri Club in 2010, the year of his first triathlon. The year before, woefully out of shape, he decided to train for a century ride and found that he really enjoyed cycling. He needed a new goal and decided to try triathlon. After completing 2 sprints and an Olympic distance race in 2010, he was hooked. 2011 saw his first Half IronMan and 2012 his first IronMan. He has since competed in 7 Half IronMan and 4 IronMan races. He really loves the longer course races and has 2 HIMs and 2 IMs scheduled for 2015.

His long-term goal is to qualify for Kona by age 50 (5 years) and, aside from needing to get significantly faster in the swim, bike, and run, dial in his nutrition strategy and improve his mental focus, he is basically there (good to have a stretch goal!). Chris really enjoys the challenge of racing and improving and he has met a lot of great people in the sport. He especially enjoys helping those newer to triathlon and since he has made every mistake possible, his hope is to help newer long course triathletes get up the learning curve faster. 

Stephanie Brown (dsdiver09) Program Co-Leader / Group Workouts

With a background as a competitive swimmer through college, Stephanie entered her first triathlon in 2005 and joined DC Tri Club in 2007, when she moved to DC for work. In 2012, she decided to finally "go the distance" and finished IM Florida and went on to do IM Mont Tremblant in 2013.

This year, she hopes to break the 11 hour mark at Ironman Austria in June as a second year member of the DC Triathlon Club / Snapple Elite Team. She will be helping to coordinate the Group Training sessions for the Ironman Training Program and is a great reference for any of your swimming, gear or bike maintenance questions.

Lynn Follansbee (seewhatucando) Program Co-Leader / Clinics

Lynn has been a member of the DC Tri Club since January 2007. She came to the sport of triathlon as a swimmer and a runner, did her first sprint triathlon in the Spring of 2005, and was immediately hooked. Since then she has raced consistently building to up to longer distance races and has done multiple Half Ironmans, and Ironman Wisconsin in 2010 and Ironman Lake Placid in 2014.

Her favorite distance is the Half Ironman distance. Lynn looks forward to working with members from all backgrounds and experience levels to achieve their goals together. Lynn is a veteran of the Saturday Indoor Spin Sessions and a volunteer with the AchieveDC Youth Triathlon program. Outside of triathlon Lynn is an attorney and mother of 2 girls.

Patrick Pannett (ppannett) Program Co-Leader / Communications

A latecomer to the world of triathlon and running. Starting in 2010 with the National Half Marathon, he joined DC Tri that year and did his first triathlon - the SavageMan HIM at Deep Creek Lake.  

From there he went on to ChesapeakeMan IM in 2011, thanks to the first DC Tri IM program, the hills of St. George, Utah for his second Ironman, and Lake Placid for 2013. In 2014, he revisited the Chesapeake for IM Maryland, PRing once again. He ran Boston in '13 and '14, qualifying for 2015, but is now taking a year off to focus on shorter races and other events like the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. He's excited to share my experiences, and looks forward to racing with everyone in 2015.  

Karen Willard (kmwpro) Program Co-Leader / Events

Karen joined the DC Tri Club for its the New Triathlete Program in 2007 after doing her first mini race the summer before on a borrowed bike. After a somewhat disasterous start to her triathlon career at the New Jersey State Triathlon that summer, she had a great second race that year at Columbia's Iron Girl. 4 bikes, 2 garmins, and countless bottles of GU Rocktane later, she can't imagine a life without swim, bike, run, and post workout snacks with sweaty friends.

Karen completed Ironman Lake Placid in 2011 and 2013. It is perhaps her most favorite race course ever.