US Military Endurance Sports

Lt Col Melissa Tallent // Triathlon

Date of Birth1974

BirthplaceFairfax, Virginia

Current ResidenceAlexandria, Virginia

StrengthsSwim and Bike

Melissa grew up as a swimmer, starting with summer league at the age of 4, and swam year round starting at age 8.  She continued through her first year of college, swimming for JMU, where she also received a ROTC scholarship and was commissioned as a 2LT into the Army Reserve.  After her 8 year commitment with the Army was complete, she crossed over into the blue and has spent the last 12 years as an Air Force Reserve officer.  She bought her first triathlon bike from a fellow servicewoman and completed her first sprint race in 2005, and by 2009 she placed 10th in her age group at USAT Nationals in the Olympic distance.  In 2010 she became a member of the Air Force Triathlon team and raced her first Ironman.  She has raced at the Armed Forces Championship 6 times and is a 3 time USAT All-American.

Following the Armed Forces Championship race in 2015, she changed her focus to Pentathlon and cycling and competed as a member of the Reserve Military Pentathlon team in Bulgaria, then competed at the CISM Military World Games in Korea as a member of the Armed Forces Cycling team.  In 2016 she focused on cycling and won the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) Category 3 Road Race Championship and MABRA Cat 3 Best-All-Around Rider, advancing to Category 2. Capping off the 2016 season, Melissa was the overall female winner at the Quantico Sprint Triathlon.

This year she returns her primary focus to triathlon in hopes of once again competing on the Air Force Triathlon team and qualifying for CISM.  She is also strongly considering a late season Ironman event in hopes of qualifying for the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.