Blue70 Racing

Upcoming Races

06/11/2023 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

Past Races

03/12/2023 CLASH Miami
12/02/2022 CLASH Daytona

Julie Roddin

Silver Spring, Maryland

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Bucket List RaceMackinac Island Swim (8.2 miles around the island) or Mighty Mac Swim (between upper and lower MI)
Post-Race DrinkAhtletic Brewing Hazy IPA
Off-Day ActivityUsually catching up on laundry, cleaning the house. Exciting!

I am a mother of two, triathlete, pool and open water swimmer, masters swim coach, and enthusiastic PTA/school volunteer. A swimmer through college, I signed up for a sprint triathlon in 1997, the summer before my senior year. It was so much fun. All of the pressure I had felt competing in the pool was gone. I had found my new sport! I took a brief break from swimming after college but quickly found myself back in the pool, coaching and competing in the pool and open water.

Two and a half years ago I suddenly found myself facing the possibility that I would never compete again. I had developed severe pain in my neck and weakness in my left arm that made normal daily life difficult. After looking at my MRIs, I had one doctor bluntly tell me that I would never compete again. I found a new doctor who was more optimistic. I had cervical spine fusion surgery in April 2020 to fix the parts of my spine that we could fix. I regained use of my left arm immediately and after a long recovery and a lot of physical therapy, I was back to racing triathlons a little over a year post-op. I am even more grateful for swimming and triathlon and want to continue to share my love of these sports with others.

My family is also pretty active. My husband and I met at a masters swim meet and we often compete together in the pool and open water. Our kids are 9 & 11 and are also swimmers and have competed in kids triathlons. They are involved in a lot of other sports and activities and keep us busy. I love watching them learn and grow in sports!

Similarly, I also love my job of coaching masters swimmers. It’s such a diverse group of athletes with all levels of swimming skill and experience and watching them reach their goals is amazing.