Ron Benedict Program Leader
Ron Benedict (“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 socializing after the sessions. This program singlehandedly ensures that he doesn’t suffer from season affective disorder and provides him with a weekend social outlet since he is usually in bed around 9PM after the grueling sessions. Eight years and about 15 pounds ago, he was considered a relatively fast “roadie” with a local cycling team. Since then, the closest thing to podiums he has seen are the shelves holding up the donuts at Ted's Bulletin. He has been a cycling instructor for many years, and also worked with Polar as a heart rate training specialist, working with many pro level athletes and teams.
Deb Hopkins has taught OSP classes over the past two years and will be taking more of a lead instructor role this year. Deb has been a member of the club for many years and has completed many IM races of varying distances. She teaches at multiple studios in the DC area and has participated with other club activities over the years. She is also graduating law school in Dec. and is looking forward to having her life back.
Courtney Benedict has been a member of the DC Triathlon Club since 2006 and has been a guest 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 15 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 Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, recently became an IRONMAN Certified Coach and will be intertwining the two into her practice to help athletes learn how to take a holistic, balanced approach to triathlon training.
Pamela Simmonds joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2010 as a participant in the New Triathlete Program (NTP). After completing NTP, she returned to lead the NTP program 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. 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. Pam has taught indoor cycling classes for VIDA fitness since 2014 joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2011.
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 this past fall. 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.
Glenn Elliott is the workhorse of the DC Tri Club, always lending a hand when needed. One very chilly, icy day during last year’s OSP program, Glenn managed to find “an alternate path” into the Edgewood center when they changed the access code and forgot to mention this to the instructor. Glenn’s actions allowed everyone to gain access to the building and get their workout completed. While some members were upset they didn’t get to return home and go back to sleep, most were very pleased that their time was not wasted. He is an accomplished athlete and currently races with the Gripped Racing Team.