DC Triathlon Club

Julie Billingsley

January, 2022

Julie was a youth and collegiate swimmer.  She branched out into triathlons in 1985, when aero bars looked really funny and sports drinks were in their infancy.  She raced competitively for 5 years, including at the first world championships in Avignon, France, 1989.  Since then four kids, multiple ankle surgeries and a busy life have added up to some on and off years of racing but much more consistency over the past 10 years.  She relishes all the mishaps, glitches, challenges and adventures of racing – no race ever goes as planned.  Julie is excited to be a new member of DC Tri!

Age Group / Birth Location: 65-69 / Born and raised in Chicago
Years racing: on and off since 1985
Family status: married with four grown kids
Athletic background: Mostly swimming but also water polo, rugby, soccer
Strengths on the course: Always the swim
Favorite food: ice cream, now and forever
Favorite race distance: Olympic triathlon and any open water swim
Favorite thing when not swimming, biking, or running: I love traveling and playing the piano
Fun fact: I spent three years as an archaeologist after college and regret not pursuing it as a career (although possibly not compatible with triathlon training)
Goals for 2023: Avoid covid (and have a kick-ass season as youngster in my new age group)

2023 Race Schedule (planned so far):

  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • Jamestown (go NTPers!)
  • Triple Bypass bike event, Colorado
  • USAT Nationals Milwaukee
  • Big Shoulders 5k swim, Chicago
  • World Triathlon Age Group Championships, Pontevedra, Spain

2022 Race Schedule:

  • Kinetic Olympic TBD
  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • Diamond in the Rough
  • USAT Nationals Milwaukee
  • Big Shoulders 5k swim, Chicago
  • October race TBD
  • World Triathlon Age Group Championships, Abu Dhabi