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!

We’ll see you at some expos soon…stay tuned to our calendar of events – All events are open to all!


Who are the Nation’s Tri Ambassadors?


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.

Miami 2012 RunLisa Kurdziel 

Lisa is a reformed run-hater and avid endurance sports enthusiast, and is commonly greeted with the now standard “so what are you training for this time?” by friends, family and coworkers. A longtime volleyball player turned cyclist, she did her first triathlon in 2011 and was hooked. Over the next two seasons she worked up from a sprint to a half iron, and then took a two year sabbatical to work on her weakest link, the dreaded run.

After countless road races and some knee repair, Lisa is now a two time Boston marathoner, and looks forward to applying her new found love (or at least better tolerance) of running in her return to triathlons this year, finishing things off with a return to the 70.3 distance in October.

Christine Pazmino

Christine, a longtime trail runner, found her passion for triathlons after moving to DC from Los Angeles. Living in LA, she enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle of tennis, backpacking, canyon running and swimming along the shore. In DC, Christine pursued experiences which enabled her to meet active and diverse people. Having never run a race of any kind, she was encouraged by friends to sign up for The Nation’s Triathlon. Having little bike experience and no formal swim training, Christine was inspired by the challenges that the sport presented.

She now attends local run clubs, bike rides, and is an active member of the DC Tri Club. Christine is excited about the community and lifestyle that the sport has given her. She is motivated by the personal connections she makes through triathlon. She is currently aiming to complete her first century ride and a Half Ironman.

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.

Events DC Nation’s Triathlon Featured Athletes

Our featured athletes are training for 2015 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.

150x150_CynthiaCynthia Steele, You Signed Up For WHAT?!

Cynthia is a working mom of three little kids, who is obsessed with triathlons in her spare time. She lost 50 pounds through running, triathlon, and healthy eating, and achieved a longtime goal of doing a triathlon by age 40. She was instantly hooked and is looking forward to Nation’s in September! Cynthia is a member of the LUNA Chix DC Triathlon Team, and blogs at You Signed Up For WHAT?!, which is the standard response she gets when she tells friends and family about her latest encounter with the “Register Now!” button.

Colleen Da001hlem, Live Free and Run

Colleen Dahlem is a age group competitive runner, teacher, mother, run coach and fitness instructor and member of Montgomery County Roadrunners in Washington, DC area.  She is fairly new in the triathlon world and is very excited for many more, including racing Nations again this September!   She blogs at and writes about her race and fitness adventures around the district!