Our amazing Events DC Nation’s Triathlon Ambassadors are passionate, experienced, friendly triathletes in the Washington, DC area. You will see them at races, Team in Training meetings, various training events, expos, and happy hours. Feel free to say hello if you see them! They love nothing more than sharing their knowledge of triathlon, and are happy to answer your questions about preparing for and racing Nation’s Triathlon, talk to you about our sponsors, and hand out some SWAG! Check out our calendar below to find out where they will be around town. You can also follow their adventures on their shared blog. Be sure to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter to hear about any last minute events where you can say hi, win contests and get some cool prizes!

Who are the Nation’s Tri Ambassadors?

ambass-talbert-88x88Trevor Albert

Trevor is a Virginia native who now trains and lives in Arlington. He started competing in triathlon in 2011 after a number of years as a rock climber, mountain biker, and runner. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Trevor spent a number of years as a trail runner and competing in distance races before picking up the bike again and training in the pool. He joined the DC Triathlon club in 2010 and has been an active member — helping with recruitment, organizing training events, and volunteering at club functions. In late 2012, Trevor was selected to the DC Board of Directors to take on the role of Director of Marketing and Communications. In between his professional career and his involvement with the DC Triathlon Club, Trevor continues to train for and race half and full iron-distance triathlons as well as ultramarathons.

Adrianne Profile SmallAdrianne Brakefield

Adrianne’s interest in triathlons started in 2010 when she was looking for something to mix up her regular gym routine of weight lifting and running. Not knowing how to swim, she figured triathlon would be a good match: learn to swim and a varied exercise routine! She joined YMCA’s National Capital Triathlon Team (YTri) that year and raced in the inaugural DC Triathlon. Afterwards, she was hooked (and determined to improve her swim). Over the past four years, she’s raced in numerous triathlons of all distances from sprint to Ironman.

Currently Adrianne is an active member of YTri and helps the coaches and director with the new triathlete program. This year, following many hours in the pool doing drills, she is giving back by being a swim coach. Regarding races, Adrianne plans to shift gears from focusing on endurance triathlons to prioritizing sprint and Olympic triathlons- the need for speed! She would also like to get back to her running roots to train for a marathon in hopes of qualifying for Boston.

Heather-Butler_smallHeather Butler

Heather is starting her 6th year engaging in triathlons. She has completed over 20 multi-sport events, including two half-ironman events. Her love of triathlons makes up for her lack of speed, and she subscribes to the philosophy of keeping it fun. This year Heather takes on the ultimate triathlon distance with her first Ironman race in Chattanooga.

The Nation’s Triathlon is one of her favorite events and she looks forward to spreading the word around the Capital area.

Davy Profile SmallDavy DeArmond

In 2005, Davy won a job to be a professional musician with the United States Naval Academy Band as a trumpet instrumentalist. The only problem was that he was 250 pounds and didn’t meet the Navy’s weight standards. Davy started running, dieting and working with a trainer which resulted in him losing 75 pounds in a couple of months just to get into the Navy. After arriving in Annapolis and doing some running events, a friend talked him into doing the Annapolis Triathlon. Luckily, he fell in love with the multi-sport lifestyle and has been hooked ever since.

Davy is very passionate about encouraging others to get active. Besides being a Nation’s Triathlon ambassador he is also a Ragnar Ambassador and serves on the board of directors of the Annapolis Triathlon Club. He feels that anyone can accomplish their goals and hopes to be there to encourage, inspire and help anyone and everyone along the way.


Lyle Ganz

Lyle’s racing career started back in middle school with local track and field competitions. This continued through high school where he was a multiple sport athlete. He was an all-conference cross country and track and field runner, and did swimming and diving in the off season to stay fit. He participated in his first triathlon back in the summer of 1996. He was excited about the sport, but with limited exposure did not follow through with it.

In late summer of 2008, he was reintroduced to the triathlon scene when his sister was looking for an athletic challenge. He enjoyed the experience so much he hasn’t looked back. Since then he has competed in events from sprint triathlons up to half-Ironman competitions. He looks to continue adding endurance races to his resume with possibly completing his first Ironman in the near future.

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Lindsay Herbert

Lindsay is a Florida native who moved to the chilly Mid-Atlantic for graduate school and hasn’t left since. Her interest in triathlon was sparked after fulfilling a silly New Year’s resolution to sign up for and complete one Olympic-distance race. She’s been hooked ever since. She completed her first half distance triathlon last summer and looks forward to diversifying her race schedule this summer with the Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim along with some of her favorite triathlons (including Nation’s Tri!) When she’s not swimming, biking, running, or eating, she is hiking with friends or hanging out in Baltimore’s Fells Point.

Steve Profile SmallSteve Laico

Steve has been a runner since middle school and loved swimming and biking from a young age, but running has always been his sport. He has run 4 marathons, and countless half marathons, 5k’s 8k’s and 10k’s. Steve leads the run club out of the Pacers Logan Circle store and has been a run coach for the Ytri program the last two years. He will be competing in his first triathlon this year. As much as he loves running and finding new ways to improve and challenge himself, Steve enjoys the community that running (and triathlons) helps to develop.

Dustin Profile SmallDustin Renwick

During his first triathlon, Dustin thought the run was a little long. “A half mile to go,” spectators said. Over and over. Race officials had misplaced a turnaround cone, so a scheduled 4.4-mile run became a 6-mile slog through temperatures in the mid 90s. But he stuck around. He concluded four years as a hurdler and decathlete for the track team at St. Ambrose University and then joined the University of Missouri triathlon club team in graduate school. Dustin finished his first half Ironman race in 2013. This year, he’s back for a second season with the National Capital YMCA YTri Team, where he serves as one of the running coaches.


Travis Siehndel

In 2003, Travis discovered the sport of triathlon and quickly became hooked on both the multisport lifestyle and the many great people that he met. He can be seen around town participating in road and trail races, marathons, ultramarathons, adventure races and of course, triathlons. As an active member and former president of the DC Triathlon Club, he spent several years deeply involved with DC Tri‘s New Triathlete Program and continues to lead weekly running and cycling training sessions for the club. In addition to working as a ambassador for the Nation’s Triathlon, Travis has also been a volunteer coordinator for the past 6 years, a role that helps him stay in touch with the many amazing athletic groups in the DC-area that are committed to volunteering and making this the greatest race in the country. This year’s race season will include the HAT Run 50k, Rev3 Epic 26-hour adventure race, Shenandoah Mountain 100 mile mountain bike race and several local triathlon events.

Events DC Nation’s Triathlon Featured Athletes

Our featured athletes are training for 2014 Events DC Nation’s Triathlon this season and will be blogging about their training and how our local partners can support you in your triathlon training.

Jonathan Ryder Profile_squareJon Ryder, Bike Rack Multisport
Jon was forced into his first triathlon, a kid’s sprint race, back in the mid-1990s by his mother. Some twenty years, later he signed himself up for the 2010 Chicago Olympic Triathlon as an excuse to get back in shape and has since become an avid racer. Over the last five years, he has completed around fifteen Olympic and sprint races and has trained himself into a front of the field racer. Having recently moved back to the DC metro area with his wife and two year old son, he is excited for the 2014 season which includes the Nation’s Triathlon, his second attempt at the race, and becoming a member of the Bike Rack Multisport Team, a first for Jon.


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Evan Zilliox, Potomac River Running

Evan has been exposed to the endurance lifestyle for about 12 years now as an active duty member of the military where physical fitness is an intricate piece of the job. He grew up with a love for anything on two wheels from mountain biking to cycling. After competing in a large amount of endurance challenges and obstacle races while stationed in California, he was dared to do a sprint triathlon in 2012 by a co-worker at Camp Pendleton. Like all that compete in triathlon, he was hooked. Shortly after his first race the Navy moved him and his family to the DC Metro area. In 2013 Evan completed 8 triathlons from sprint to half-iron distance as well as 4 10k’s and a half marathon. Nation’s Tri was one of these races. After his first 3 events of the year, he scored a goal that was set for a year later and qualified for USAT Nationals. Evan plans to take a slightly less hectic schedule of races this year with only 5 events all at the sprint and olympic distance before trying his hand again next year at the 70.3 and 140.6 distance.


Nancy Burnham Profile 2_squareNancy Burnham, Vida Fitness

Nancy is a personal trainer by trade and an athlete at heart. She competed in track and field for the University of South Florida in both the high jump and triple jump. Soon after college she began competing in road races such as 5ks and 10ks. Nancy really enjoyed the shorter distance races and signed up for her first sprint triathlon in June of 2011. Her passion for fitness, and husband’s new job, moved her up to the Nation’s Capitol in early 2012 where she found herself surrounded by people with the same passion for running. Since Nancy moved here she has competed in just over a dozen road races, 3 of them being triathlons and her favorite, the Nation’s Triathlon. Nancy’s first Olympic distance triathlon was the Nation’s Tri, 2013 and she finished 4th place in her age group with a total time of 2:36:00. Nancy is a full time General Manager for VIDA, City Vista and is a Master Trainer and Boot Camp instructor part time. Somewhere in there she finds time to train for various races such as the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon and soon the 2014 Events DC Nation’s Triathlon.