About

Elevation Athletics is a sports event management group that specializes in producing and hosting triathlons. We are dedicated to making all of our events professional, competitive, and participant-friendly. We believe that our triathlons offer our participants the opportunity to challenge themselves to achieve something great. Our triathlons not only give people a goal to work for, but also act as an opportunity for individuals to unite around a common cause. At the forefront of our mission is raising funds for charities that need assistance in putting on a large-scale event that will draw wide-spread support for their organization. We pride ourselves in hosting events that promote both goodwill and the spirit of competition.

Meet The Team


Ryan Hurley, Ryan@elevation-athletics.com

Biography: Ryan comes from a strong swimming background and has now made the transition into triathlons. Throughout his swimming career, Ryan achieved at the collegiate, national and international level.  Ryan competed internationally, earning a silver medal at the 2007 World University Games, and placing seventh at the 2008 Short Course World Championships. He was a two time USA Swimming Olympic Trial finalist, placing in the top eight in the 200 meter breaststroke in the 2004 and 2008 Trials. As a member of the University of Virginia Men’s Swimming Team, Ryan was a two-time captain, and a three-time All-American. He received is BA in Government in 2008 and Masters in Social Foundation in 2009, both from UVA. He has significant experience in event management as he organized an event to benefit the UVA Children’s Hospital for three years while at Virginia.  Ryan is currently a NBC Universal Page in New York City.

What he’s up to: It looks like this summer I will have a few less events to compete in.  The whole Elevation Athletics team and several other family and friends are planning to do the New York City Marathon in November to honor our buddy Fran.  I will also look to squeeze in at least one or two Olympic distance triathlons; most likely Nation’s Tri in DC and one or two smaller races in New York.  Long-term, keeping my eyes set on doing an Ironman in 2012!

Lee Robertson, Lee@elevation-athletics.com

Biography: Lee also has a tremendous swimming background, excelling in the sport his entire life. He is now making the transition from pool swimming to competing in triathlons. At the national level, Lee qualified for the 2008 USA Swimming Olympic Trials in three events and has competed in several USA National Swimming Championships. At the University of Virginia, Lee was named a two-time team captain and a four time All-American. Lee finished his undergraduate degree in three years graduating from UVA with his BA in Foreign Affairs in 2008. He then went on to earn his Master’s Degree from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce in Marketing and Management in 2009. Lee brings extensive marketing experience and proven management skills to the Elevation Athletics Team.

What he’s up to: I’m very excited about the new year as I continue to work my way into the triathlon world. I’m currently setting up my calendar for the season and am very excited to see what the new year brings me in the sport!

TJ Southmayd, TJ@elevation-athletics.com

Biography: T.J. brings a great balance of excellence in swimming and a strong educational background to the table. He also has his background in swimming, and has been a standout from a young age. T.J. is a multiple USA Swimming National Championship qualifier and a two time letter winner for the University of Virginia.  After graduating from UVA with his BA in Government in 2009, T.J. has gone on to pursue his Master’s degree in Public Relations from Drexel University. He is also continuing his collegiate swimming prowess as he swims for Drexel this year as a graduate student, playing a pivotal role in the team’s success. Aside from his expertise in public relations, T.J. also brings a wealth of experience to the Team as he is the founder of an annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society.