Board of Directors
“As a Tri Dawg since 2009, I enjoy the sense of community we have as a team (a.k.a. my extended family). I can not say enough great things about the support we provide each other and the encouragement we share…regardless of whether you are a podium regular or a casual beginner. I am so glad my wife taught me how to swim when I was 38 years old…and there is nothing quite like our Tri-Dawg tailgates. On a personal note, I have traveled to more than 35 countries and always find local runners and triathletes (in every country) that are willing to share advice. However, there is still nothing like our club! Tish and I enjoy traveling, hiking and being ’empty nesters’ with two adult children.”
Growing up as the kid picked last in gym class, Maria never aspired to be an athlete. But when a friend was diagnosed with (and later lost his battle to) leukemia, Maria hopped on her hybrid and started pedaling to complete a century ride (100 miles) with Team in Training. She caught the cycling bug, and later decided she’d try a triathlon. Her first tri in 2014 was certainly an experience (10 minute T1, anyone?) but she crossed the finish line, in last place by a good half hour, exhausted, and with only one thought in her head – “I’m sure I can do better next time!”
Maria has been racing aquabike since an injury in late 2015 sidelined her running (or what she loosely called running). She now champions the sport with a hearty “Swim, Bike, Done, Baby!” and loves how the multisport community, and especially the Tri-Dawgs, embrace all abilities. Can’t swim? Try a duathlon! Only run when being chased? Try an aquabike! But get out there and TRI!
At Large Members
Glenn "Coach" Moore
Preston's March Coordinator
Glenn was a founding father of the Tri-Dawgs back in 2006. He has been coaching swimming for over 40 years. He was a six time Delaware high school coach of the year during his tenure at McKean High School where he won a state championship and ten consecutive conference titles. He coached 10 All American and 28 state champions at McKean.
Glenn has always been a long distance runner and has completed ten marathons. He started doing triathlons over 25 years ago and after a 20 year hiatus took up the sport again in 2013. He has competed in all distances from sprint to full Ironman.
He is married to and coaches Marianne, a perennial All American and three time Kona participant. He and Marianne have three children and five grandchildren. Glenn is a graduate of University of Delaware and is a retired history teacher.
Along with Coach Glenn Moore, Margaret LaFashia was the other half of the duo that formed the Tri-Dawgs in 2006. The Tri-Dawgs as described by Margaret “is a family, we support each other and have a lot of fun!”
She started her athletic career at Temple University as a scholarship athlete on the Women’s Crew team and continued her athletic career by completing over 20 marathons including qualifying for Boston 12 times. She got into triathlons to “mix it up” from running and has competed at all distances from sprints to Ironman’s. Her greatest accomplishment is qualifying for and competing in Kona, Hawaii in 2009 and most recently qualifying to compete in Kona again in 2020.
Margaret has an MBA from Temple University and a Nursing degree from the University of Delaware. She currently works for Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.
When Margaret is not training for something she can be found with husbnd Vince, cooking and trying new recipes, walking the trails of Delaware or enjoying a nice glass of wine in Cape May NJ with their dogs Faith, Finn and Pepper.
“My first contact with triathlon came by way of training for my first and only marathon. Friends and I decided to complete a duathlon as cross training. Going on simultaneously was a triathlon. We decided next year that we would do the triathlon .. I just had to learn how to swim first. Which was easier said than done!”
Urban Bike Coordinator
Rich was influenced by a few of his fellow Rebel Runners to get involved in the sport of triathlon. He says he jumped in at the last minute and it was a great decision! When he’s not training or racing? “Couch master …” he says.
Preston's March Liaison
(pictured with wife Amy)
“My early athletic career revolved around football. I played for a perennial national power in Louisville, Kentucky – Trinity High School – where I was a member of back to back state championship teams. After high school I played at Hanover College and made All-Conference Honors my sophomore year. After that season, after reaching 275 pounds, I decided to retire. A short stint in weight lifting and I then moved on to running to lose weight.
“In 1982 I was watching “Wide World of Sports” and saw a segment on the Ironman. It showed Julie Moss crawling across the finish line and I thought – “that would be cool to try!” Shortly afterwards I suffered a running injury which sidelined me from running and cycling so I asked the Dr. what I could do? “You could try swimming” (first attempt didn’t go well!) And so it began.
“I completed my first triathlon in 1987 and moved up distances until 1991 when I completed my 1st Ironman. To date I have completed 21 Ironman distance races including 3 at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. When I was racing consistently in Tri- Fed sanctioned races I garnered All- American and All-American Honorable mention status.
“I supplement my triathlon training with gravel and mountain biking. I live in Wilmington with my wife/training partner/trainer/advisor/ supervisor and our two rescues Molly and Beans. I currently work for Delaware State Parks – coordinating volunteer activities in Alapocas / Wilmington / Bellevue and Fox Point State Parks. I am also on the Board of Directors for Preston’s March.”
Leslie grew up playing competitive sports in high school and was a Cycling Instructor and HIIT Group Exercise coach at her local YMCA when she was asked by a friend to sign up for her first triathlon. She never looked back. Despite not having a background in swimming when she entered her first multi-sport racing event in 2010, Leslie worked extremely hard over the years to become a competitive triathlete – she quickly went from completing two sprints and an Olympic distance in her first year of competition into a 70.3 and 140.6 in her second and third years respectively. Leslie joined the Tri-Dawgs in 2016 and this was one of the best decisions. Not only did she join the best team she made ever lasting friendships!
Buddy Program Coordinator
Alison started running 9 years ago and continued to progress into racing. In March 2017, she completed her first marathon and 7 weeks later completed her second. Spring 2020 will be her second Boston Marathon. This past season she started triathalons and fell in love. From sprint to olympic to HIM, she is hooked. When not training or racing, Alison spends time with my family, which includes 2 very active kids.
Kristi found the sport of Triathlon when she started dating TriDawg Member Ryan Lowe in 2014. She and her dog, Koji, had a blast cheering Ryan on as he competed in races around Delaware and Maryland. By 2017, she decided that she wanted in on this crazy sport herself! Kristi’s first race was the 2017 Tri-It and it didn’t go as planned…she didn’t even make it out of the park on her bike and went down in the gravel and left Lums Pond on crutches.
Not to be deterred, she immediately signed up for the 2018 race, bought a new bike (because N+1), named her bike Miranda and it was game on. She and Miranda completed quite a few races at the sprint distance in 2018. 2019 did not go as planned, with a wash out and some injuries, and 2020…yikes. She loves being a part of such an amazing and supportive club and she is excited to be part of the Board!
When she isn’t training, Kristi enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She also enjoys cooking and eating all the food. If you need to find her for any reason, try the pool deck at Hockessin Athletic Club where she lifeguards and teaches Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes. Her goals for the upcoming season are remaining injury free, looking badass in her spandex and convincing Bobby Steppi to race.
Before getting involved with triathlon racing, I played tennis since I was 7 years old. I was a member of the USA Deaf Tennis Team for over 20 years, and a veteran of the Deaflympics. I retired after playing at the Austria Deaf Tennis Open in 2005.
When I was teenager, the ABC Wide World of Sports introduced a new sport called “Ironman in Hawaii.” This was about 40 years ago. I became fascinated with the new sport. Unfortunately, there were no resources for training. I gave up and continued playing tennis.
I was also involved with an orienteering sport and I was once representative for the USA Deaf Orienteering Team in the World Deaf Orienteering Championship in Rochester, NY in 2015. I was the liaison officer for 6 years of USA Deaf Orienteering. I was an exhibitor at the Deaf Community Expo, which included Deaf Schools from the Northern area.
Since retiring, I have enjoyed outdoor activities like traveling, golfing, tennis, camping, the beach, downhill skiing, hiking, running, MTB, etc. One night, it just popped back into my mind: “Ironman!” That’s how I began getting involved in 2017.