The Club is now accepting nominations for the following awards:
Spirit of DC Tri (cheers everyone on, wears DC Tri, etc.)
Club Member of the Year (someone who represents the Club as a whole)
Most Improved (m/f)
Rookie of the Year (m/f) (their first year doing triathlon)
Veteran Athlete of the Year (m/f) (not their first year doing triathlon)
If you would like to nominate someone for one of these categories, please do so below. Nominees must be paid Club members. The nominees will be included on the ballot with the Board of Directors elections and the winners will be announced at the annual meeting on November 16th. Please submit all nominations by 11:59 pm on October 27th.
Volunteer Of the Year Award
You can also help us identify your fellow club members who have provided their time and/or resources to the club this year. We are taking the approach with volunteer recognition this year that worked well last year, so please take a few minutes to complete the volunteer recognition form»
Nominations and volunteer submissions are due by 11:59 pm on October 27th.
DC Triathlon Club Director of Programs
spirit - bryan frank, because yo, obviously
club - bryan frank, btw how is this not essentially the same thing as spirit?
improved - bryan frank and that's for damn sure
rookie - i'm not social at all so i haven't gotten to know anyone, sorry
veteran - john chambers / stephanie ewert (sorry, bryan), friends and they're pretty good
-Andy Sovonick of Gaithersburg
A few folks that I can note off the top of my head, but certainly not exclusive of other standouts in the club:
Spirit: Catherine Myung and Alejandro Escobar - both travel just to support the club at races they aren't even doing, and dress up doing so.
Member of the Year: Pam Simmonds - she steps up to the plate giving back to all the members, helps with everything the club does, and is so cheery at all our training and social events.
Most improved: David Lutz - 10 hour IM overseas? Where did that come from? Deb Hopkins - this year she saw the podium (with a win) and took a good 83 mins off her IM, plus big PRs everywhere else.
Rookie: Yong Choe and Angela Norcross - both NTP members who were very active with the club and had great presence at races
Veteran of the Year: Brielle Dana (podiums, her first overall win - now we just need to get her in a DCT kit!) and Bryan Frank (sub-10 Ironmans, top 10 finishes at competitive races, AG wins)
Most Improved Female
Katrina Mathis - Girl went from NTP and struggling at Luray to Augusta HIM finisher!
Most Improved Male
Mark Raugust - the man is everywhere. He's in Masters. He's an NTP co-lead. He fills in for Hilary and leads Track. He's also been working his tushie off on getting faster and has now gunning for podium spots (and getting on them).
Rachelle Gray - the girl just keeps going. First year of triathlons but has been going gang busters since she started. Track, swim, you name it, she does it.
Nams Ammos - Posts hysterical race reports, volunteers as a Masters coach, and already has a nicname - El Diablo - all in his first year of triathlons and in the club.
Katie Tobin - BAMF finished IM Lake Tahoe under insane conditions and her season isn't even over yet. The woman is addicted to racing.
Spirit of DC Tri: Ed Moser - No one represents DCTri better than him
Veteran Athlete of the Year female: Courtney Fulton - she has posted pretty impressive results (podiums/top 10) across all distances this year, including the Ironman distance ... definitely not a one trick pony or one distance specialist
Veteran Athlete of the Year male: Trevor Albert - he has posted pretty impressive results (podiums/top 10) across a variety of distances this year ... definitely not a one trick pony or one distance specialist
Club Member of the Year: Ed Moser - He's still king of the mountain as far as his reach throughout the club membership. The winner of this category should be the person that does the most for the club, not just about who posted the best race results. That's what veteran athlete of the year awards are for :) Very few people have Ed's resume in the club contribution department. He's a PeasantMan War Council brainwash ambassador to DCTri. Helps out with NTP. Goes to all of the happy hours. Goes to all the weekend group bike rides ... and the list goes on.
Rookie of the year ... already mentioned but I just want to second the nomination for Angela Norcross. She's an Ed Moser in the making. Goes to all the club events and volunteers everywhere.
x2 on Bryan Frank for most improved. Very impressive results year over year for someone from Maryland.
Some names out of very many. The Wilson master's coach squad (Katie Tobin et al) have formed in less than 2 years one of top swim groups in region. Long-time fast vet Dave Socolof bounced back from serious medical condition at LP IM. Karen Willard did yeoman work yet again as Nation's vol leader. This year's fast, smart NTP group included energizer bunny Dave Eng, swift Megan Gibney, coordinator Mark Raugust. Cat Myung used cloning technology to again be everywhere at once. Getting ever faster were likes of Holli Finn&Run, B Frank, Adam S, Mike Chaney, Katie Walsh Siendhel, Bethany Aquilina Brez, while Meaghan Jennison, Stephanie Tan effortlessly moved up to brisk IM status. Lotsa board members like Abby Sanford put in tons of hours. Tuan N simply did another fast IM, Boston 'thon qualification, & successful PeasantMan. Jay Cochran led the Montgomery County Mafia thru endless workouts & triumph at Placid. Long-time DCTer & Bike Racker Olwen Huxley Kona-qualified 2 weeks after her dad's passing...
Spirit of DC TRI - Cat Myung! (To a 2013 NTPer, Cat was inspirational, encouraging, tough-when-needed and instructive. She took the time to reach out if she saw you were struggling. She brings humor and energy to every DC TRI event while working hard at her own triathlon goals. I wouldn't put it past her to do an Ironman in a banana costume with a DC TRi logo.)
Club member of the year: Ed Moser, Tuan
Most improved: Too new to club to know
Rookie M - David Eng (The bronxking NTPer threw himself into the sport starting with a first tough race at Columbia and never looked back. His enthusiasm was contagious. He also started a weekly bike group for B/B+ riders in the evenings at HP along with showing up for most DC TRI events.)
Rookie F - Angela Norcross, Debbie Yu (Both NTPers tackled some tough race setbacks/injuries and kept on going and going through multiple triathlons their first season. Both superb volunteers. Debbie herded together the Ragnar DC TRI team and Angela has volunteered whenever she can with spirit and class.)
Keep the nominations coming!
Much appreciation for everyone who has chimed in so far (especially Andy Sovonick of Gaithersburg, but I might be a bit biased by his nominations. :) )
Club Member of the Year:
Maybe you know, or maybe you don't know, but the person who busts his tail the most for this club is in fact its President. Ryan Troll truly deserves this award. As the club VP, I get to see just exactly how much he does, and I wouldn't vote for anyone else.
Most Improved (female):
Hands down, Katrina Mathis. Her perseverance through struggles in the water to finishing her first Half IronMan is what triathlon is all about!!
Most Improved (male):
Yep, David Lutz. Holy overseas IM PR, brother man. Nicely done!
Rookie of the Year (female):
Angela Norcross, because she might fall down and break her face, but she still finishes races with a smile. And her ENTHUSIASM is absolutely contagious!
Rookie of the Year (male):
David Eng, because who on earth does *Columbia* as their first race with a smile???
Veteran Athlete of the Year (female):
Jenny Leehy. She friggin' won the Savage Oly. Enough said.
Veteran Athlete of the Year (male):
Bryan Frank. Bryan KILLED IM Austria. Slaughtered, in fact. In any other race, that would have be a KQ.
Female Veteran Athlete of the Year:
Cindy Hutchings. In addition to participating in many club events, Cindy had a KILLER year. Some highlights include:
Representing Team USA at the World Championships in London;
1st place AG Columbia;
11th place AG USAT Oly Nationals - earning her second spot at 2014 Worlds;
6th place Overall & 1st AG Reston.
Just seconding some of the nominations:
-Spirit of DC Tri: Alejandro Escobar and his speedo cheering uniform are amazing. Seeing him on the IMKY bike course was one of the best parts of my day.
-Club member of the Year: Karen Willard - if you raced in the DC area this year, you probably have her to thank for making sure things went well at at least one of your races. You can see her scurrying behind the scenes for weeks pre-race, getting to the site at 4 am (or earlier) so that we can race our hearts out, managing temperamental timing systems, corralling volunteers, and doing all the thankless things that are invisible to racers when done well. Nation's Tri was a great success thanks to all her hard work.
Thank you everyone for the nominations. The nomination period is now closed. Voting will begin tomorrow via Ballot Bin. All active members will receive an email to the address we have on file to cast their vote.