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Bios {NTP Program Leaders}

Pamela Simmonds Program Leader
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Pam joined the DC Tri Club in 2010 as a member of NTP.  Prior to competing in triathlons she ran track in college (and one marathon). Pam returned to NTP in 2011 as a co-leader and trained for her first Ironman (IMFL) with the DC Tri Club's Ironman Program.  Pam took the year "off" from Ironman training in 2012 and completed the SavageMan 100. She is looking forward to completing her second Ironman in 2013, Ironman Mont Trmblant, and working with a brand new group of triathletes!  In order to pay for books, yoga, triathlons, and travel Pam works as an attorney.

Will Grant Program Coach
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Will has been racing triathlons since 2005, when he was a member of the inaugural DC Tri Club NTP class. He’s been a co-leader of the program since 2006, helping folks get to their first triathlon for the last nine seasons. Will has raced every distance, including Ironman Louisville in 2010, but particularly enjoys the sprint and Olympic distances since, “you can train for them and still have a social life.” When he’s not training, Will is an attorney for the Federal government, a gamer, an avid reader, and a knitter.

Jason Brez Program Co-leader
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Jason joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. He had never participated in a race and his only sports background is ice hockey. Triathlon has completely changed his life, dropping 40 pounds in just over a year and competing in all distances of multisport from olympic to ironman. He works as an engineer who travels 70-80% of the year and is very familiar with balancing work and training while on the road.

Catharine Myung Program Co-Leader

Catharine joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2011.  She was looking for something to help her cross-train while training for her first marathon, but once she joined the New Triathlete Program, Catharine was hooked on her new sport! Now it looks like she'll run that marathon once she conquers her first Ironman. Catharine is currently training for the Lake Placid Ironman and has competed in the Eagleman Half Ironman, Nations Triathlon, and ITU San Diego, just to name a few. One of her favorite things about NTP and the DCTri club is that they've helped her find her inner athlete!  NTP was an amazing support base and cheering squad during her myriad injuries and subsequent triumphs, and that's why she's excited to be one of the NTP co-leads - to make new triathletes feel welcomed and supported. Catharine is also a certified swim coach and is one of the program leads for the DCTri Club Masters swim program.  And when her life isn't consumed by all things triathlons, she loves to ski, hike, rock climb, look for the best burgers in town, and, most importantly, nap in front of a tv!

Allison Nordberg Program Leader
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Allison joined the NTP program in 2012 after watching one too many stages of the Tour de France and Ironman World Championship. Despite finishing her first triathlon in 102° heat, she was hooked on the sport! She is training for her first half Ironman, Timberman 70.3, this summer. Her ultimate bucket list race is to make it up the 21 switchbacks of the L’Alpe d’Huez Triathlon. When not training, Allison works at a foundation in DC and volunteers at the National Zoo.

Mark Raugust Program Co-Leader
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Returning NTP co-lead Mark Raugust joined the DC Tri-Club in 2012 as part of the NTP program. Prior to taking up triathlons Mark was an avid cyclist and trained martial arts for 10 years. Mark has planned a challenging Tri season for 2014 including his first and second full marathons in addition to a half Ironman and Olympic distance triathlons. When not training Mark cooks and does consular work for the U.S. government.