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Alyssa Morrison (CoachAJ)
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 alyssajmorrison@gmail.com.

Stephanie Brown (dsdiver09)
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 Ironman Florida and went on to do IM Mont Tremblant in 2013. This year, she is a member of the DC Triathlon Club / Snapple Elite Team and will be helping to coordinate the Group Training sessions for the IM Program.

Matt Ferguson (ferguson)
From childhood through college Matt played every team sport possible.  Though running played it's part, it wasn't until a post-college run with a friend (16 miles along the San Diego coastline) that it became much more.  He was instantly hooked on distance running and triathlon was soon to follow.  Since then Matt has competed at every distance from 5K to the Marathon, Sprint to the IronMan.  Former member of the US Duathlon National Team, Matt will be aiming for a strong effort in the Tokyo Marathon to start out the 2014 season and will also be aiming for USAT All-American status as well as qualification for the IronMan 70.3 World Championships.

Lynn Follansbee (seewhatucando
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 her first Half Ironman in 2007 and her first Ironman at Ironman Wisconsin in 2010.

Her favorite distance is the Half Ironman distance. Lynn plans to return to Ironman in 2014 at Lake Placid and 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. In 2013, Lynn competed in the Jamestown Olympic Distance Triathlon and won her age group at the Iron Girl Athleta Columbia Sprint Triathlon and has qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Kimberley Kruse (fastdogs
I have been an athlete my whole life. I ran NCAA track and field (400M hurdles) in college, ran 9 marathons (including Boston 5 times); have done countless triathlons including: 5 Ironmans, and 4 Long Course Triathlon World Championships for Team USA. I am currently on Team USA for Long Course Worlds for 2013. I have been USAT All-American and Honorable Mention. I am certified as a personal trainer, Health coach, and triathlon coach. When I am not coaching, training clients, or training myself, I am very involved with Greyhound adoption and pet adoptions.

I feel if one challenges themselves, one will be amazed what they can achieve. I am a case in point with this. I was in a serious bike/car accident (car won). I was unable to walk for months, but with a lot of hard work, I came back and completed my second fastest Ironman.

Patrick Pannett (ppannett
A late comer to the world of triathlon and running. Starting in 2010 with the National Half Marathon, I joined DC Tri that year and did my first triathlon: the SavageMan in Deep Creek Lake.  

From there I went on to ChesapeakeMan in 2011 through the first DC tri IM program, and the hills of St. George, Utah for the 2012 Ironman. Last year I raced Boston, PR'd at IM Lake Placid and others and am focusing on olympic and half-distance this year, plus chasing a PR in Boston. I'm excited to share my experiences and look forward to racing with everyone in 2014.  

Karen Willard (kmwpro
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.