US Military Endurance Sports

USMES Elite Racing Team

Ben Payne

Running

Ben joins the USMES Elite Racing Team with 15+ years of experience as a competitive long-distance runner. He’s a 2004 graduate of the Air Force Academy where he was a 4-time Track conference champion (5k/10k) and Cross-Country team MVP. Following his commissioning, he earned his pilot wings and served as an Air Force instructor pilot in T-6 & U-28 aircraft.  He is currently a full-time C-21 … full profile »

Brett King

Triathlon

Brett grew up playing ice hockey and played on the club team at the Air Force Academy. Brett graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2010 and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training in Columbus, MS. In 2011, while he was in pilot training he bought a road bike and raced a few sprint triathlons in the area. Once assigned to C-17s in Charleston, SC in 2012 he started to train for longer races mostly … full profile »

Jeffrey “Scott” Martin

Para-cycling

Directly out of high school Scott joined the Marine Corps where he was assigned to Weapons Co, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, as a machine gunner for 7 years before he was wounded and retired. Scott Deployed to Afghanistan once and Iraq twice. During his second deployment to Iraq in 2006 he was hit by multiple IED’s resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD. After 3 years of rehab Scott began … full profile »

Jess Anderson

Triathlon

Jess graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2011, where she competed in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field.  She has been stationed in both Miami and Houston as a vessel safety and security inspector, working in both the largest Cruise Ship Port and largest Petrochemical Port in the US.  This summer, she will be pursuing her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina … full profile »

Jessica Umentum Jacobs

Triathlon

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Jim Lawrence

Cycling

Jim began his athletic pursuits as a swimmer in high school, where he became a state champion in backstroke and multiple relay events.  While attending the US Air Force Academy, Jim began racing short course triathlon, which led to training and racing Ironman length events.  In the span of 12 years, as his family grew with the addition of 3 children, Jim completed 10 Ironman races, while his wife … full profile »

Justin Widhalm

Para-cycling

Justin Widhalm is a former college wrestler turned Track Cyclist. During his second deployment to Iraq in 2006, Justin suffered severe injuries due to multiple concussions from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts, and a drop from a helicopter. While rehabilitating from his injuries Justin fell into a deep depression associated with his severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With the … full profile »

Marcus Farris

Triathlon

During his four and a half years as an Army ROTC cadet at Auburn University, Marcus Farris trained almost exclusively for ultra marathons, running 19 within a three-year period leading to his penultimate ultra, the Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Race when he was 20 years old. At the tail end of his collegiate career, he joined the Auburn University Triathlon Club competing in two regional Olympic … full profile »

Matt Williams

Running

Matt Williams has been a competitive collegiate and professional distance runner for the last 10 years. He competed for the Air Force Academy from 2005-2009 where he was the third fastest steeplechaser in school history, national championship qualifier, and team captain. Following his collegiate career Matt was apart of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program for 3 years. During this time he … full profile »

Melissa Tallent

Triathlon

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 … full profile »

Mike Inglis

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Patty Solimene Collins

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Rhandie Thompson

Cycling

When Rhandie Thompson was 9 years old he moved from Spanish Town, Jamaica to Orlando, Florida to live with his father. At the age of 16 he discovered his love for running after being challenged by his high school PE coach to race against some of the guys in his class for fun. Shortly after, he was asked to join the track team and during his first year he discovered a natural prowess running the … full profile »

Sean O’Hollearn

Running

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Steven Peace

Para-cycling

In 2006, Steven was a healthy, U.S. Navy Officer and long-time cyclist, regularly riding 200 miles a week when, one month before his fourth deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan, he suffered a massive stroke leaving him unable to speak, use his right arm, or walk independently. Among the things he had to give up was the Navy, where he had served proudly for 16 years. Physicians were unable to identify … full profile »