Charley Perez, President
Charley is one of the founding members of RMTC, and was the first president of the club. As one of the active coaches for RMTC, he prepares and leads the weekly group workouts, providing guidance for all participants. He has been a lifelong athlete, having competed in track and cross country for Wichita State University. He began racing triathlons in the early 1990s, and started coaching triathletes in 2001. He is a USAT certified coach, and through his own company, CP Fitness and Training, he provides individual training plans for triathletes, runners, swimmers, and cyclists.
Meg Rapp, Vice-President
Meg found her way into triathlon backwards – as an avid swimmer who picked up biking and figured she could probably stomach running short distances. You’re still not likely to see her at anything running-related unless it’s as a volunteer or cheerleader for her (much faster) tri buddies. Meg spent her first triathlon season training and racing in Toronto, but decided to move back home to Denver where she heard about RMTC and was drawn to the club because of its free swimming, pizza and beer. After completing the now infamous Ironman Lake Tahoe in 2013, Meg swore off so-long-they-take-a-whole-day triathlons until she realized there are cheese curds and beer a plenty in Madison…
David Heller, Sponsorship Officer
David Heller joined RMTC six years ago and has never looked back. He’s honored to be supporting the club as the “Sponsorship Officer” for the third consecutive year, and he looks forward to bringing great value to both members and sponsors in 2017. David believes there is more to life than training and racing, (or so he tries to convince himself during his 6-hour workouts), and while he is primarily focused on trail running this year, he will also be doing a number of shorter distance triathlons and one half ironman distance race! David finished his first Ironman in 2012, The Leadville Leadman Series in 2015 and he’s signed up for a number of exciting events in 2017, including The Waterfall 100K in Portland, Never Summer 100K in Walden ,Colorado and the Rut 50k in Montana.
Eyal Sella, Program / Meeting Coordinator
Eyal ran his first ultra-marathon in the Israeli Defense Force when he was 20. At that point, he didn’t know there was a name for his 60 mile effort, and only thought it was part of his military training. Fast forward 26 years to his first triathlon in 2009 at Lake Catamount in Steamboat. He dabbled in running races and duathlons, until 2014 when he completed the Olympic distance YOLO triathlon. After that race he found RMTC and he now has two half-ironman tris under his belt (Boise and Boulder), and a P.R. in 2016 at Boulder. He continues his love for long distance running, and this year ran the Twin Cities Marathon where he qualified for Boston in 2018. His first event for 2017 will be the Jerusalem Marathon, where he’ll try to recapture some of his 20 year old ultra-marathon magic, including besting his brother who will be running with him! When he isn’t training he is hanging out with his four kids (2 grown, 2 to go) and dog or trying to keep up with his wife on marathon swim distances.
Ted Dunst, Treasurer
Ted is a native Denverite. He started in triathlon so that he could claim his weekends back. Little did he know what was in store for him. He figured the cycling and swimming that he did after long runs on Saturday morning long runs was good cross-training but there had a goal to all of it. He signed up for his first tri in 1998 and hasn’t looked back.Ted joined RMTC in 2000 hoping to meet a few people. He has competed in a couple dozen tris and has volunteered at just many as races. This year Ted will be racing 70.3 races St. George and Boulder.
Laura Laski, Communications
A transplant from the east coast, Laura joined the tri club in 2012 and shortly after figured out she needed a bike. She soon finished a sprint triathlon and now has completed 2 70.3’s (her max distance) and has 2 more on the schedule this year. In her spare time she enjoys time in the mountains and baking. If you are lucky she might even bring treats to practice. She is excited to be the communications officer for this year and help all of the new people to Denver make the transplant transition like she did.
Andrea Browne, Volunteer Coordinator
A chef Andrea used to work with joked about completing a triathlon and at that point a seed was planted. She picked up triathlons shortly after in Park City, Utah in an effort to find sobriety. Little did she know how the sport would be a positive change her life. Triathlons helped her rediscover self-confidence, positivity, empowerment, and discipline in a period of time where life was really rough. Andrea finished her first Ironman last year and has 8 years of sobriety. She is excited for her first destination race in Austin, TX and is planning on checking out the food and music scene.
Krista Baumgartner, Social Officer
In 2005, after running over 15 marathons Krista felt it was time to shake things up and she entered the world of triathlon. A sprint quickly turned into a half Ironman and soon she was hooked. Krista joined RMTC in 2006 after moving from her native state of Minnesota. Since then she’s completed several races including 4 Ironmans and the Leadville 100 mtb. When she’s not on her bike, you’ll find her in the mountains with a pair of ski’s strapped to her feet. She is grateful to live in Colorado amongst likeminded individuals and has RMTC to thank for her racing success and all the wonderful friendships made along the way. She is excited to be your Social officer this year and hopes the activities planned for this year will allow you to celebrate your triathlon success and meet new friends!
Tim Woods, Marketing Officer/ At Large
Tim joined the RMTC in 2004 for the sole purpose of using the club discount to buy a bike. He attended one practice and never left. Over the past 11 years, Tim has watched the club grow from a small group to over 500+ members today. Despite its growth, the spirit of the club has remained the same, which keeps him coming back each week. During Tim’s years, he has spent more time as an officer than anyone else except for Charley. His previous stints include President, Treasurer, and At-Large, to name a few. He is also the unofficial Club Historian because he likes to take photos and has lived through the majority of the club history… As for Triathlons, he has completed almost 30 races, including 2 Ironman finishes (both of which his “friends” conned him into doing). If he is not racing, he is probably taking photos for the annual slide show. So SMILE!
Eric Atlas, Webmaster
Eric is a native Hoosier who joined RMTC when he moved to Denver in 2015. Although he had barely put a toe in the water since he was a kid, Eric took the triathlon plunge in 2012 with the Indianapolis sprint triathlon series. Since then, he has raced the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington D.C., rode a mountain bike across Thailand and Cambodia, and completed his first Olympic distance race at the Steamboat Triathlon. Eric is looking forward to running the Moab Half Marathon this spring and returning to the Steamboat Triathlon this summer, with an eye on completing his first half ironman “next year.”