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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.

Brian Sands| Vice President (Sponsorship)

In 2014 while sitting at a firepit with neighbors and friends, we were telling stories about our kids who impressed the heck out of us by finishing our neighborhood triathlon that morning.  Then, we all confirmed right there that we would all sign up for the Rock Hall Sprint Tri in May 2015.  As a lifelong baseball player, I thought there was no way a guy like me would like any part of a Triathlon.  I could not have been more wrong.  Crossing that finishing line at the back of the pack, amongst friends, family and especially my 3 children, began my love affair with the sport.  I  joined ATC and mainly observed and tried to learn from the group. The following year, 2016, I was the only one of my friends still signing up for races, which included an Olympic distance and my first ever 70.3 at Ironman Atlantic City.  I really loved the experience and when my family embraced me at the finish line, I declared that one day I will be signing up and hopefully completing a full IM. I quickly signed up for IMAC 70.3 in 2017 and did it again in 2018.  While competing in that cold, rainy, painful race I told myself that when I finished I was going to finally sign up for an IRONMAN.  Why IMMD and why 2019?  IMMD is somewhat of a “home game” for us here in Annapolis and a race where I knew would be a place for an abundance of support.  2019 was also my sister in law’s 40th birthday; a birthday that many living with Cystic Fibrosis don’t get to celebrate.  September 28th, 2019 my name was called, like so many other of our ATC friends, and became an IRONMAN! I still consider myself a novice and am grateful for being introduced to the sport of triathlon and it’s community.


Outside of triathlon, I’ve spent 21 years building a small business in the Employee Recognition and Incentive Industry.  In the spring, summer and fall, you can also catch me either coaching my son’s travel baseball team or pitching on mounds across the region.  I have a super supportive wife and I am a proud dad of 3 competitive and very active kids.  All of them have competed in numerous triathlons and hopefully will be future members of ATC.  I’m looking forward to competing again in 2021 and have sights on another 140.6 sometime in the future.

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.

Mark Hamilton | Gear

As a child, I was never very athletic. I had allergy-induced asthma and had a difficult time running the physical fitness test in junior high. As I grew older and learned my triggers, I was able to join the Air Force where I had to run once a year for 20 years, never very fast, but passing (almost every time). When I took my final PT test in 2007, I thought to myself, "now that I don't HAVE to run, let's see if I can actually do it for enjoyment!" So I started training for a 5K. I did my first 5K at the Baltimore Running Festival in October 2007. After finishing that, having learned about Team in Training, I decided to train for a half marathon and completed the Frederick Half in May 2008. Then I took a year or two off. In 2010 I decided to get back into it, and started training for and ran the Baltimore Marathon. Since then I have run numerous halfs, the MCM five times as of last year (running it virtually for 2020!), and the NCR Trail marathon once. In 2013, having now made a bunch of friends who were both Striders and Annapolis Tri Club Iron Crabs, I decided I wanted to try another sport, so I bought a bike and began training for the Seagull Century! I rode my hybrid bike there and at the Lifeline Century in 2018! So...this is a triathlon club. One of my dearest friends is Michelle Klein. She has been trying to move heaven and earth to help me with the third sport. I swim like a rock. She got me to work up the courage to come out for the "Try a Tri" event in 2018 and then to enter the Emily Schindler Sprint Triathlon that same year. We're still working on the OWS! Outside of running, biking, and trying to improve my swimming ability, I'm retired from the Air Force, currently working as a government civilian with a Marine Corps cyber unit and I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist. My wife and I live in Severn with our two 20-something sons who we are trying to get to leave the nest. I am currently a board member for the Maryland Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association and I have been on the board of various professional organizations throughout my Air Force career and after, including President of the Ft Meade Air Force Sergeants Association, Secretary of several base Booster Clubs, Secretary of our neighborhood association, Treasurer of the Meade High School Instrumental Music Association, and several others. I would be honored to be considered as a member of the ATC Board for the upcoming year and appreciate your support.

Max Estrada | Tech

Max began his triathlon training in 1993 transitioning from a running, lacrosse and mountain biking background. Max’s older brother Peter Estrada was at the time an avid triathlete who constantly badgered Max to try a triathlon. Later in 1993 Peter Estrada and a close friend were killed by a drunk driver near Bowie Maryland. It was then Max set forth to honor his brother by completing one triathlon. Max’s first triathlon was a sprint at Anne Arundel Community college in the spring of 1994. He would complete that race and later that year the Columbia Triathlon, Colonial Beach and finally the Spud (now General Smallwood).

Max would become very engaged in Triathlon and also very active with the infamous Davidsonville Saturday group rides that following year. Max would go on to race with Snow Valley in 1995 and compete in five triathlons and four duathlons with results beginning to climb. In 1995 and 1996. Max had invested heavily in training. Max would leave Snow Velley and begin to race for the Bike Doctor franchise in 1996. Between the years of 1995 and 1996 Max was featured in inside triathlon Magazine, Spokes, what’s up Annapolis magazine numerous times. He would go on to be third and  then second in the state rankings for Duathlon, seventh and fifth for triathlon, qualify for the nationals, win several podium finishes. Max would continue his racing with podium finishes in St Croix 1997, become state champion in duathlon. Max would continue to race for years to come earing and defending titles with average 7 to nine races at all distances with aspirations to become a professional triathlete. From 2001 until 2005 he would continue to race while increasing time constraints fatherhood and career forced him to dial his racing and training back. 

Max would retire from triathlon in 2006 altogether frustrated from lack of time as a single father and injuries sustained when he was struck by a car while riding. He would take this time to focus on them and his career as a computer networking professional, In 2009 with his children now older he would return to the sport not as concerned with rankings or times but as passion. Max continues to race to this day with an average of 7 to 9 races of different distances every year. He has long since lost track of the numbers races completed since eclipsing the century mark so many years ago. Max’s racing adventures have taken him up and down the east coast, out west, the Caribbean and even Europe where he would ride the French Alps with Trek Travel. Max has also unfortunately been hit by automobiles suffering severe injuries. Most importantly, Max has developed lifelong friends, the utmost of appreciation and gratitude for the sport of triathlon. He often volunteers at races, loves to do his part to grow the sport and encourages new comers to the sport in many ways.

During Maxes racing career he raced with the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team from 1994 to 1995, He raced for Team Bike Doctor from 1995 to 2017 and currently races with The Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Ambassador Team, Max also maintains a active membership with the Annapolis Triathlon Club keen on keeping ties with the large community of athletes and talent.


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