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2021 Board of Directors Slate

Noreen Leary| President

I have always been a member of a local gym. I was getting bored with indoor workouts and decided I’d like to try running. I joined the Annapolis Striders in 2009. I started with their 5K training class and slowly progressed to marathon training. I now have too many marathons to count under my belt. As a way to give back to The Annapolis Striders I am now in my 3rd year as Race Director for their 10 mile Cherry Pit Race. I was introduced to the sport of Triathlon at Ironman Cozumel in 2011 when I went there to support my son Scott at his first IM. Everything leading up to race day was so exciting to me. Sitting at the hotel pool one night and having consumed a few too many margaritas I said “ I CAN DO THIS” and do it I did at IMMD 2014,IMMD 2015, IMCH 2016.  I got to IM level with the help, encouragement and friendship of so many members of ATC. I still cannot believe everything this club offers its members for $50 a year. If you want to try something new but your afraid to. this is the club to help you do it.  If you believe in “YOU” then “Anything Is Possible”. I am example of that. I look forward to serving on the Board as VP of Annapolis Triathlon Club for 2020.

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Virginia Olson | Secretary (Communications)

I was always tagging along.  My brother-in-law was heavy into triathlon and I would join my sister at his races to support her.  I was hooked.  I entered my first sprint in 2012 and have been racing ever since.  I completed my first 70.3 in 2017 and in 2021 will race with my sister and her husband at IM Wisconsin 70.3 so it is truly a family endeavor for me.  I still tag along, supporting friends and family in the sport as they race all over the country.   Perhaps my greatest thrill was being there for my brother-in-law on his longest day as he competed and finished in Kona in 2015 – what an experience!  I joined ATC in 2016 and immediately wished I had joined sooner!  I am a pastry chef and work as an instructor at Anne Arundel Community College.  I have 6 brothers and sisters, 4 in-laws, 16 nieces and nephews, 3 Labrador Retrievers and a single road bike.  I need another bike...

Missy DiGiulian | Treasurer

I'm not a natural born athlete.  In my mid 40's I discovered inline skating one Christmas day and that was the beginning.  Within a year I did the Athens to Atlanta 86 mile inline race, training with the Leukemia Society's Team in Training.   Within a few years I decided my next fall may very well end up with a broken bone so I decided to try running.  Did a few small races and realized I wanted to do a marathon so I joined the Annapolis Striders Marathon training group and did the Marine Corps Marathon that year.  I also decided to do a century ride so I bought my first bike, at Bike Doctor Arnold and did the Lake Tahoe Century.  Next, trail running seemed like something fun to try so I did the JFK 50 Miler to celebrate turning 50!  Starting to get bored with just running I thought a triathlon should be my next adventure so I joined the Annapolis Triathlon Club.  After just one sprint and one 70.3 a few members of the club convinced me to do a full Ironman. Since then I've done 3 full Ironmans and 8, 70,3's.  Do you see a pattern here?  I jump right into the big events with the attitude what's the worst that can happen but always surround myself with a team or club for support.

Theresa SanLorenzo | Membership

I was a regular at a local gym, mainly weight training and had a friend that used to tell me all about the triathlons he participated in. I thought he was crazy! Who would want to swim, bike, and then run?  I rode a bike, but didn’t run or know how to swim.   I started getting bored of the gym life, and my friend told me about a small local triathlon called Lums Pond.  So, I signed up.   I found ATC on the web and joined way back in 2009. I knew nothing about triathlon until I went to a women’s seminar hosted by ATC.   They instructed us on the basics, what to wear, transitions, etc. and was extremely valuable. After I participated in 2 small triathlons in DE, I was hooked and then found a local swim coach, who taught me how to swim. I enjoy the longer distance triathlons and have participated in mostly 70.3 and 140.6 distance races.   I just completed my 7th 140.6 and my 1st stand alone marathon, Marine Corps Marathon.  Being a member of ATC has taught me so much and I still have lots to learn. I work at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Oncology Data Coordinator, my husband competes in windsurfing races, we have two dogs and one bird.

Gabi Redford | Education/Training

Until a few years ago, if anyone had asked, I would have said I was a swimmer, not a triathlete. After swimming competitively through high school and college, I joined various masters swim teams as an adult, and competed in a few Masters meets as well. In fact, it was while I was swimming for the Naval Academy Aquatic Club’s Masters Team that a fellow swimmer invited me to join him for the Bethany Beach Triathlon. I was a total novice – didn’t really even have a good bike – but I did pretty well. Oh boy, was there ever a lot to learn, though! T1, T2, speed laces, “racking” the bike, tri belts, Gu, aerobars, you know what I’m talking about. In fact, I’ve been racing triathlon pretty seriously now for about 5 years and I’m still learning. I’ve raced exactly 20 triathlons now, including three World Championships in the Olympic distance (Rotterdam in 2017, Australia in 2018 and Switzerland in 2019) and two 70.3s (North Carolina both times). I would be so excited to join the ATC board to share what I’ve learned, and to expand on the terrific educational and training opportunities that the club already offers.

Paula Kuruc | Social Director

I started my triathlon career years ago with the IronGirl races in Columbia. Heard about the resources of the ATC through a friend and then joined (2013) to find resources galore and access to just about everything triathlon plus some. I've learned and grown so much since those IronGirl races.  My race calendar goes year round with swim races, 100 mile bike rides, foot races, trail runs, sprints, OLY's, 70.3 and full distance IM's. Completed my first IM Lake Placid in 2018 and Chattanooga in 2019. Finished 5 Marine Corps marathons plus a marathon in Bozeman, Montana. My son joined the Marine Corps which ignited my passion to run but I couldn't stop when he finished his service. Its just fun! My daughter is in the Army so I've done  a few Army 10 milers and countless 13 milers too. My best race so far is Lake Placid and getting to swim with Heather Jackson the next day in mirror lake. She's just the best.  I retired in 2018 and have been training for that next thing ever since. Have three adult children, two obnoxious corgi's, one cat and one fish (that my daughter refused to take to college with her). Love being around other triathletes as they  have the same energy and enthusiasm and they just "get it". Its been a journey and a learning experience and I'm truly blessed to be able to do these things. Its time I give back what I can to the organization.

Kate Dagenais | Race Support

In 2017 years ago I shared a lane at the local pool and my neighbours swim cap said, “...70.3” on it. I asked if he was a triathlete and let’s just say, we chatted endlessly and stopped our Garmins. He introduced me to the ATC and challenged me to try a triathlon. . . and so I did my first sprint triathlon in 2018. I fell in love and that was the end of my full wallet. I bought my first EVER bike from Steve at Bike Doctor and it was like it was Christmas Day. I had no idea how to work the gears and clipping is still a word that doesn’t belong in my vocabulary. I signed up for Muskoka 70.3 that year and panicked in the water where I came home with a DNF. I knew I could do better, and with the support of many members in the ATC, I signed up for Ironman Atlantic City 70.3 and I became a finisher! I didn’t want to stop as it was always my dream to be called an Ironman. A month after IMAC I decided to volunteer kayak for Ironman Maryland 140.6. I’m not sure if it was the sunset, or the amazing race director, but I signed up a few weeks after and knew I wanted Maryland to be the state of my Ironman. While training, I was a new mom, a military wife, in the fire academy, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, became a marathoner and finally Sept 28, 2019 I became an Ironman. The best part? The man who shared the lane with me in the pool, he was there that day- and that’s why this group means so much to me! I’m thrilled to be a part of the Annapolis Triathlon Club, and am so grateful for their support on my journey.

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