Profiles of members of our DC Triathlon Club Elite Team

Bryan Frank
March, 2018  |  BLOG:

Bryan Frank

Bryan got his start in triathlon back in 2008 when a good friend wanted to go to the informational meeting for the New Triathlete Program with the DC Triathlon Club and told him that she did not want to go alone. After his interest was piqued at the meeting, he joined the club and competed....

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Liz Baugher
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Liz Baugher

Liz comes from a competitive background of College Soccer, Track running and swimming. After pursing a graduate degree in Meteorology, Liz missed having teammates and decided to join the Texas A&M Club triathlon team. Things escalated fast and she went from no aero bars, and no clip in pedals to...

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Cindy Hutchings
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Cindy Hutchings

Cindy began her triathlon career in 1987 with 2 BudLight tris with a very fun group of friends.  There was no training, a borrowed hybrid bike and a visit to the medical tent. Apparently hydration is important, especially in heat.  Then life got in the way with grad school and family. As I was try...

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Alex Murray
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Alex Murray

ALEX MURRAY Date of Birth/Location: February 18 in Seattle, WA Years Racing: 10 years Height: 5’ 11” Strengths on the course: Swim/Run Goals for 2016: Spend more time in the saddle and shave some minutes off the bike Nickname: Taking suggestions Favorite Races: Nation’s Tri, Ironman Lak...

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Bart Forsyth
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Bart Forsyth

BART FORSYTH Bart is the Snapple Team Director and is so excited to have been with the program from the start.  In 2010, Bart tooked third overall at the Black Fly Lord of the Flies Competition–stringing together 3rd place in a Friday TT, 3rd place in a Saturday Olympic Distance race, and the...

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Brian Bachor
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Brian Bachor

“Taking myself seriously is not my strong suit”. Brian Bachor Date of Birth/Location: 1983 in Suffern, NY Years Racing: 10 Athletic Background: Eating Height: 5’11” Strengths on the course: Eating Goals for 2018: Make it back to Kona in 2018 Favorite Places To Train: Bike trainer (I...

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Emily Richard
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Emily Richard

EMILY RICHARD I started doing triathlon after years of competitive running through high school, college and post-college.  I made the switch to triathlon because I wanted a way to continue to be competitive and a chance to set some PRs and see improvements that were no longer coming in the open run...

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Heather Prochnow
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Heather Prochnow

Heather grew up a swimmer but was introduced to triathlon in 2007.  After doing a couple of sprints, she retired and went to veterinary school where she continued doing road running races.  Swayed by peer pressure during a Ragnar race in 2013, she signed up to volunteer for IMWI 2013 and later sig...

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Holli Finneren
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Holli Finneren

After playing D1 soccer and trying a few months of normal college life, Holli quickly realized she needed a competitive and athletic outlet.  She surprised herself with a 2nd place finish in her first race at the Georgia Southern Sprint triathlon with a borrowed bike and head up swimming.  A year ...

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Joe Munchak
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Joe Munchak

JOE MUNCHAK Joe came to the sport of triathlon from a background of Cross Country and Track in high school and just enough swimming in elementary school to make it across the pool in something resembling freestyle. After a running injury sidelined him in his freshman year of college at Penn State, h...

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John Chambers
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

John Chambers

John is thoughtlessly attempting to qualify at both sprint and half-IM distances this year!  Can he do it???  Look out for him at area bike races this spring.. hopefully rubber side down. Thank you Xterra/Rudi and Siobhán for keeping me going! Hometown: Arcadia, New York Current Residence: Sil...

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Justin Bauer
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Justin Bauer

  Justin completed his first triathlon in 2010 and joined the DC Triathlon Club the following year. He has participated in the club’s Olympic Distance, Half Ironman, and Ironman programs. Justin credits these programs, fellow club members, and his current coach for his success in the spor...

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Kelly Lefler
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Kelly Lefler

Kelly tried several sports growing up before settling on swimming and cross country. She was nowhere near the front of the pack in either, but had fun and continued to do both, occasionally running and 5k or 10k with friends and family and swimming as cross training. After becoming a bike commuter, ...

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Leslie Puzio
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Leslie Puzio

LESLIE PUZIO Leslie grew up not really succeeding in team sports as a kid, but as she grew older she truly found an outlet and passion for the sport of triathlon. Leslie started in 2009 with her first race, but didn’t have a full real season until 2012. With 4 strong seasons behind her, she......

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Matt Sarge
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Matt Sarge

    Date of Birth/Location: August 18. San Jose, CA Years Racing: 5 Athletic Background: Middle-distance running, collegiate rowing Height: 5’ 9 5/8” (But my dating profile says 6’4”) Strength on the course: Run Weaknesses on the course: transitions, race photos Goals for 2019: ...

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Michael Hepp
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Michael Hepp

MICHAEL HEPP Date of Birth/Location: May 11; Washington, DC Years Racing: since 2010 (Shout out the UMD Tri Club and Team FTY) Strengths on the course: Swimming Goals for 2016: Race more, do different races, and go fast. Family Status: Mom, Dad, 2 Brothers, 4 Bikes Favorite Races: Rumpus in Bu...

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Mikal Davis
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Mikal Davis

MIKAL DAVIS Date of Birth/Location: September 7 in Hobbs, New Mexico Years Racing: 3rd season racing triathlon. Strengths on the course: The run… it’s all mental, and having long legs can help. Goals for 2016: Win AG nationals in Xterra and Long Course Duathlon Nickname: Mikaaaaaaaa...

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Mindy Ko
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Mindy Ko

MINDY KO Mindy needed an outlet for her endless energy after playing DI tennis at university and living abroad for several years, so she signed up for her first triathlon in 2009 with Team in Training. She’s fallen in love with the sport ever since and become quite pleased to know that all tho...

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Paige Wooden
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Paige Wooden

Date of Birth/Location: October 2, Kailua HI Years Racing: 6 Athletic Background: Pretty close to none. I tried out for the swim team in high school and almost got cut. Also did 1 year of cross country and track but was one of the slowest on the team. Then a “casual jogger” and gym goer...

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Pat Dougherty
June, 2018  |  BLOG:

Pat Dougherty

Pat grew up playing baseball and football then began dabbling in endurance sports as a college junior. After his first (and only) stand alone marathon in 2000 went famously wrong, he swore off running altogether only to come to his senses several months (and pounds) later. He attempted his first tri...

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