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Allison Nordberg Program Leader

Allison joined the NTP program in 2012 after watching one too many stages of the Tour de France and Ironman World Championship. Despite finishing her first triathlon in 102° heat, she was hooked on the sport! Since then she has completed races at every distance, including her first Ironman in 2014. Her ultimate bucket list race is to make it up the 21 switchbacks of the L’Alpe d’Huez Triathlon.

Will Grant Program Coach
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Will has been racing triathlons since 2005, when he was a member of the inaugural DC Tri Club NTP class. He’s been a co-leader of the program since 2006, helping folks get to their first triathlon for the last nine seasons. Will has raced every distance, including Ironman Louisville in 2010, but particularly enjoys the sprint and Olympic distances since, “you can train for them and still have a social life.” When he’s not training, Will is an attorney for the Federal government, a gamer, an avid reader, and a knitter.

Jason Brezinski Program Co-leader
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Jason joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. He had never participated in a race and his only sports background is ice hockey. Triathlon has completely changed his life, dropping 40 pounds in just over a year and competing in all distances of multisport from olympic to ironman. He works as an engineer who travels 70-80% of the year and is very familiar with balancing work and training while on the road.

Chris DeBatt Program Co-Leader
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Chris joined DC Tri as part of the NTP 2015 class. As a cyclist who hated running, he is a firm believer in challenging yourself by getting in just over your head and finished two Olympic distance races in his first season (in fairly ugly fashion). Quickly coming to love the community, he is excited to bring new triathletes into the sport and help them learn from his (at times ridiculous) mistakes as an NTP co-lead. When not working too hard for clients or adventuring with pre-schoolers, you can often catch Chris trying to set a new PR on his Rock Creek ride.

Mark Raugust Program Co-Leader
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Returning NTP co-lead Mark Raugust joined the DC Tri-Club in 2012 as part of the NTP program. Prior to taking up triathlons Mark was an avid cyclist and trained martial arts for 10 years. Mark has planned a challenging Tri season for 2015 including his first full Ironman. When not training Mark cooks and does consular work for the U.S. government.

David Payne Program Co-Leader
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David has been doing triathlon since joining NTP in January 2011. What was supposed to be a one-off triathlon race has turned into four seasons, races, and distances ranging from sprint to ironman. He became a NTP co-leader because he loves to bring newbies to the sport and to share with them the high of racing his non-triathlon friends refer to as "more expensive than a drug habit". You can often catch David running on the Sligo Creek Trail or at Wilson Aquatic Center swimming or on deck as one of the DC Tri Club Masters Swim Program coaches.

Eran Goudes Program Co-leader
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Eran joined the DC Triathlon Club in the Summer of 2014 when a fellow swimmer in the Masters program suggested he look into NTP. After completing a Sprint and catching the tri bug, he joined NTP in 2015 and completed an additional 3 olympic distance triathlons. Eran’s goal is to complete 2-3 triathlons per year until no longer physically able. A wealth management professional during the day, Eran also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and face-timing with his adorable nieces.

David Eng Program Co-leader
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David joined the DC Tri Club in 2013 as a member of NTP. In his quest to find a new challenge, David decided that a triathlon would suffice. David completed three Olympic-distance triathlons in his rookie season. Since then, David has gone on to finish the San Francisco Marathon and three half-Ironman distance races. David loves running and climbing hills with reckless abandon. David also thrives on stress and works as a healthcare attorney.

Nia Dickett Program Co-Leader
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Nia joined the DC Tri Club last year as a NTP member. Prior to doing triathlons, she ran two marathons. For her first year, Nia did four triathlons - two sprints and two olympic distances. She is looking forward to this year, completing her first half Ironman, and working with a great group of new triathletes. While Nia is not training, she works at an international development firm overseeing staff development and training.

Kyoko Kawai Program co-Leader
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Kyoko joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2011 as a participant in the New Triathlete Program . After she completed her first triathlon, she has raced every distance, including Ironman Lake Placid in 2013 and Ironman Mount Tremblant in 2014. She believes that the NTP provided her a solid foundation to enjoy and face the challenges of triathlon training and races. As she is taking a break from IRONMAN training in 2015, she wants to serve as a co-leader of NTP to give back to the program. When she has time off from triathlons, she likes to be on the water and compete in sailing races.

Kate Ayoub Program Co-Leader
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Kate joined the DC Tri Club in 2015 and this is her first time as a co-lead for the NTP. Kate’s rookie season included a sprint, olympic and half ironman. She was instantly hooked. When Kate is not training, she works as a physical therapist and enjoys cooking, traveling and long bike rides.

Alex Shiroma Program Co-Leader
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Alex joined the DC Tri Club as part of the 2013 NTP class. He was looking for a reason to get back into the pool and start swimming again and had recently started cycling with friends, he thought triathlons could be that reason. Alex has been a volunteer at several DC Tri Events but this is his first year being a co-leader. He has raced several sprint races and looks forward to tackling the Olympic distance after having to drop out of his only planned race last year due to injury. When he is not training, Alex is an IT Consultant for the federal government and enjoys snowboarding, auto racing, traveling, and good food. 

Christina Hamilton Program Co-Leader
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Christina joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2014 as a participant in the New Triathlete Program. A year prior to joining, she recalls YouTubing what a transition was the night before fumbling through her first sprint tri.  Regardless of how ill-prepared she was, crossing the finish line hooked her into the sport.  As a result of completing the NTP program she has become much better prepared and has now raced every distance, including Ironman Maryland in 2015.  While Christina is not training, she works as a Program Management Consultant and enjoys traveling, binge watching Netflix and spoiling her dog Maggie.