Ron Benedict PROGRAM MANAGER / HEAD COACH
“The Reverend” has been leading the OSP for the past 6 years and shows up each week because he knows that the reward for working out for 2 hours is heading to Bus Boys and Poets for pancakes and social hour after the grueling sessions. This program singlehandedly ensures that he doesn’t suffer from the winter gloom and provides his social outlet since he is usually in bed around 9PM after the grueling sessions. He has been a cycling instructor for many years, rode with the NCVC/United Health Team, and worked with many pro level athletes and teams as a heart rate training specialist with Polar Technology.
Courtney Benedict PROGRAM COACH
Courtney has been a member of the DC Triathlon Club since 2006 and this is her 4th year as an instructor for the OSP program. She served on the Board of Directors for two years and was a member of the DC Tri Snapple Elite Team for four years. Courtney has been an athlete her whole life and a group exercise/cycling instructor for 16 years. Ten years ago she found her passion with the sport of triathlon and has since done multiple 70.3 and full Ironman races, including the 70.3 World Championships. Courtney is an ACE & Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, USAT Level I and IRONMAN Certified Coach and will be intertwining the two to help athletes learn how to take a holistic, balanced approach to triathlon training.
Deb Hopkins PROGRAM COACH
Deb has taught OSP classes since 2013 and is looking forward to another year with the program. Deb has been a member of the DC Triathlon Club for several years and has completed five Ironman races and numerous other triathlons and running events of varying distances. She is an attorney by day, and teaches cycling classes at Off Road Indoor Cycling before the sun comes up.
Pamela Simmonds PROGRAM COACH
Pam joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2010 as a participant in the New Triathlete Program (NTP). After completing NTP, she returned as a Co-Leader from 2011-2014. Pam has completed 3 Ironman races: Ironman Japan 2015, Ironman Mont Tremblant 2013, and Ironman Florida 2011. She also completed the Savageman Triathlon 100 Multi-Race Challenge in 2012. Pam has taught indoor cycling classes since 2014. In 2014 Pam focused on bike racing and competed in several criterium and road races as a member of Artemis Racing. Pam has also completed two marathons: Rehoboth Marathon 2013 and Shamrock Marathon 2007. She ran track at the University of Miami from 2001-2004 where she focused on 400 meter hurdles.
Yuchen Nie PROGRAM COACH
Yuchen has been cycling seriously for the past 4 years, and has been riding with both power and heart rate for the past two years. He joined DC Tri Club in January of this year as part of the Ironman training program and completed IMFL and IM Lake Placid last year. He was a guest instructor for several cycling classes while at the University of Maryland and has coached athletes to improve their bike times by training with heart rate and power. In addition to cycling, he has also taught photography and computer programming.
Amanda Melillo PROGRAM COACH
Amanda grew up playing competitive sports and played field hockey through college. She competed her first triathlon shortly after college, in 2004. She joined the DC Tri Club after moving to the area in 2010 and has been an active member, including serving on the Board of Directors from 2015-2017. Amanda has completed 2 IronMan races and 8 Half IronMan races. She has also run 15 marathons. She loves cycling and has taught indoor cycling classes since 2014 at various gyms in the DC area.
Rozanne Larsen PROGRAM COACH
“Zan” got into the sport of triathlon in 2012 in an effort to regain athletic ability she’d lost during the late night study sessions and fast food dependency of Grad school. What was supposed to be a one-summer, one-race jump start back to “normal” has turned into a life passion. She joined the DC Tri Club immediately after completing her first Olympic Tri in August 2012 (big mistake to do her first alone!) and participating in the New Triathlete Program (NTP) in the Spring of 2013. She had completed 4 half ironmans, 22 olympic triathlons and around a dozen cycling centuries/double centuries. She’s been instructing indoor cycling classes since Fall 2014, including three years of teaching at all the English-speaking Embassies in Islamabad, Pakistan, and now teaches at Wired Cycling in DC.