Cynthia Steele PROGRAM MANAGER
Cynthia did her first triathlon in 2013 when she turned 40 . (after having three kids, so it’s never too late), and was immediately hooked! She joined the DC Tri Club the next year to become a part of the community, learn more about the sport, and meet fun people who shared the same passion. Throughout her triathlon journey, she’s lost 50 pounds, completed one full IRONMAN so far (Lake Placid!), 8 half iron distance races, many shorter races, and met an amazing community of triathletes in the process. As a co-leader of the Women’s Group, Cynthia loves to connect with other women interested in triathlon and support them in reaching their goals. She also serves as the club Administrative Support person, supporting the operations of the club and the board of directors. She’s recently taken on the leadership of the Off-Season Spin Program after participating for two years in DC and MoCo sessions.
Cynthia is an experienced running group leader and coach (RRCA certified), an indoor cycling instructor (Schwinn certified), and is currently studying for her AFAA Group Fitness Certification to merge her passion for leading group workouts with her love of fitness. In her “day job”, Cynthia works in the arts and music field, so let her know at OSP if you have ever played an instrument! She has a side hustle managing social media in the tri world, for organizations such as the IRONMAN Foundation, USA Triathlon Foundation, RACE-MANIA Summit & Expo, and more. She lives in Montgomery County with her three kids and loves to travel the world for work and for fun.
Ron Benedict PROGRAM 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.
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.