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?
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.
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.
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.
Jon 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.
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, 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.