Introducing Coach Ben Dillon


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Ben Dillon, of Covington Louisiana, has been an Aviation Rescue Swimmer since 2007. He spent 4 years stationed aboard HSC-25 in Guam. Spent his time split between the NAAD (Naval Air Ambulance Detachment and LHD's (Amphibious Assault Ships). When not deployed, he was able to compete in XTERRA Guam, XTERRA Japan, XTERRA New Zealand, and XTERRA Saipan, among other Gaum Triathlon Federation and Guam Cycling Federation events. After Guam, Ben transitioned to Pensacola, FL as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer instructor. Still having the XTERRA bug, he has competed in 21 Xterra Off-road triathlons, 5 XTERRA off-road trail runs, and several more road running and triathlon events. Ben is President of SOML Racing ("So Others May Live"), which hosts sporting events to benefit families of fallen aviators and aircrewman of all US Military Services.


  • Naval Aircrewman (SAR) in Navy 10 yrs. Last 3 yrs in Penacola as Aviation Rescue Swimmer Instructor.
  • USAT Certified Race Director and Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance
  • 10 yrs Multi-sport, Cycling (Road/Off-road, and Running experience and Primarily XTERRA Off-road Triathlon
  • XTERRA Worlds Qualifier (12, 13, 14, 15. 2012 Finisher)
  • XTERRA USA Qualifier (12, 13, 14, 15. 2012 and 13 Finisher)
  • XTERRA SE Region Champ (2013 25-29 and 2014 30-34)
  • 2015 XTERRA Blackwater Race Director (2016 includes an Off-road Duathlon as well as XTERRA Blackwater)
  • SOML (So Others May Live) Racing Non-profit Organization: President and Treasurer.


What was your sporting background?
Baseball and Basketball

How did you first get involved in the sport of triathlon?
I was training to join the Navy.  I was swimming and running quite a bit and borrowed a bike to participate in a super sprint triathlon on LSU's campus. It went well until the pool swim (run, bike, swim) as I finished backstroking because of the cramps. I had a great time and was hooked there after.

You've raced quite a bit overseas. Tell us about a memorable race?
XTERRA Guam had the best race atmosphere but when a buddy of mine and I did XTERRA Japan: different culture and food, slept on the floor (which we weren't used to), race started at 1 or 2 pm, and a torrential downpour feel throughout the whole race!

What are your strengths as a coach?
I think my strengths are experience, open-minded to try new things, understanding of a busy life style, willing to take the time to really make a difference and patience to acquire skills and fitness, the ability to ask questions of more experienced and knowledge athletes.

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