Joanna is an ultra marathoner, multiple time American Odyssey Relay and Old Glory Relay participant. She is also the co-founder and co-race director of the Rock the Creek Relay. When she’s not answering the siren call of race directing, Joanna is an Ironman triathlete, proud military spouse, and Director of Academics at Veritas Prep. That’s a fancy way of saying she geeks out on psychometrics, is really good at standardized test taking and getting folks into college. And, in her spare time, Joanna is very active with her alma mater, Georgetown University, and sits on both the Team Red, White and Blue board of directors and the Women for Tri board of advisors.
Robin is a runner – anything from a 10k to a marathon, multiple time Rock The Creek Relay participant and has run the sister race, the Reno-Tahoe Relay. Robin has served as the race director for several area races including The Home Run 10k/5k. When not wearing her race director hat, Robin serves as the Director of Community Engagement and Events at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, organizing events and programs for the community. Robin became involved with American Odyssey Relay in 2017 and is so excited for 2018! Robin lives locally in Bethesda with her husband, two daughters and small dog.
After almost 3 years as the owner, co-founder and race director of Rock the Creek Relay, Bob decided to hang up his race director hat and sold the relay – along with American Odyssey Relay to Joanna and Robin.
Back in 2005 Bob traded in his business casual clothes for shorts and race t-shirts. Instead of poring over detailed corporate documents he started calculating the optimal number of portable toilets per participant and fretted over whether the women’s small t-shirts were too small or would actually fit! At any given time he had dozens of boxes of race stuff in his house. They now reside with Robin – stop by and take a look!
In addition to founding and co-directing the Rock the Creek Relay, Bob is the co-founder and director emeritus of the American Odyssey Relay and the founder of the Old Glory Relay. Bob has also directed less complex races like 5K runs during the middle of the night. . . .
Prior to re-inventing himself as Race Director Bob, Fleshner was a healthcare executive. Before that he was Vice President of Legal Affairs for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, which was the perfect training ground for race directing. Bob is a member of the board of AthleteBiz and the founding chairman of Teens Run DC.
Bob’s latest venture is as an executive coach. He is he founder and director of EPICOACH working with professionals and executives to advance their careers. Check out his website
Those who have previously participated in the American Odyssey Relay know Kelly well. She’s the director of FUN. Kelly organizes volunteers and is out on the course the entire time making sure people are appropriately enjoying themselves! In the last year, Kelly’s wanderlust finally got the better of her and she became a flight attendant. But, in return for agreeing to provide a reference for her, we extricated a promise that she’d always take vacation days sufficient to join us. And, she will.
Freddy joined the American Odyssey Relay in 2010 and may be the single most visible member of the entire American Odyssey Relay team. Freddy can most often be seen with Kelly, though others have kidnapped Freddy in the past. And, some have even spread rumors that Freddy has started a family. Freddy has been known to accept gifts from teams as long as they are not reportable as income.