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What is Team Blaze?

Team Blaze is a triathlon and multisport endurance community for athletes of all abilities in eastern Washington.

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Team Blaze is a triathlon and multisport endurance community for athletes of all abilities in eastern Washington. Since its inception in 2004, the club has been a non-profit organization.

Our members range in age from mid-teens to mid-70s. We participate in every distance of triathlon, running, cycling, and swimming events. Team Blaze provides a positive, supportive environment to help members develop a healthy lifestyle through training, competing, and friendship.

Club athletes support local races through participation and volunteerism. We give back to the triathlon community and spread the positive Team Blaze message of support and encouragement.

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Who was Scott Roy?

"Enjoy the journey!" --Scott Roy
Scott and Tristin Roy founded Team Blaze Spokane in 2004.

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Scott grew up in The Dalles, Oregon, where he was an athlete from an early age. He graduated from Linfield College with a degree in health and physical education. Scott filled his life with amazing travels and experiences, including backpacking in Europe after college. He taught middle school in Oregon and Hawaii. In Oahu, the Roys were involved with Team Jet Hawaii. When he and Tristin returned to the mainland, he worked as a health educator in Spokane. They had loved the friends they’d made through triathlon and wanted to have a community like that here. They founded Team Blaze, and Scott served as head coach to the 200+ members of the team (and to many people around the country).

In 2010, doctors discovered Scott's mitral valve was failing and he needed heart surgery. Later that year he received a mechanical valve and then went on to complete Ironman Coeur d’Alene for the second time. Scott's journey ended April 29, 2012, when his heart failed (after cycling 100 miles earlier that day). His death deeply affected the close-knit Spokane triathlon community.

Scott was an amazing father, husband, and coach who always gave more than he took. We were blessed by his encouragement and generosity, and we remember his enduring words:

Ultimately, we all only get one journey through life and although at times it may not seem fair or feel overwhelming I truly believe that God has a plan for all of us. He doesn't give us more than we can handle and through us we can share His love with others. I believe that He sends special people into our lives that help guide us, believe in us and lift us back on our feet. I'm blessed to have so many of these amazing people in my life.


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Who's on the board?

President: Tristin Roy Munson

Tristin

teamblazespokane@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? I founded Team Blaze Spokane with my late husband Scott Roy in 2004.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? My favorite part of Team Blaze is the amazing friends I have made through the team. I am an only child so my family has always been small but the amazing support I have gained through Team Blaze has been more than I could have ever imagined.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Ironman Arizona. I did this race in honor of my husband Scott who passed away and was planning to do the race. I had the most amazing day I have ever had in a race. I know that Scott was with me the whole way and maybe he was pushing me along.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I try to think of ways that Team Blaze Spokane can continue to support the members. I hope to continue with the vision that Scott and I had when we started the club in 2004. I support the board members in their ideas and work with them to continue making opportunities for club members.

Executive Vice President: Tobin Smail

Tobin

tsmail.home@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2008.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? My favorite part of Team Blaze is all of the awesome members who encourage me to be a better athlete.

What’s your favorite triathlon? The Bitterroot Classic Sprint located just south of Missoula, Montana.

Why do you enjoy triathlons? I train for and compete in triathlons to stay active despite my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. My first symptoms of MS started while training for my first triathlon in August 2007; I was diagnosed that October. This active lifestyle is also something fun and exciting that my wife and I can share and explore together. When I started in triathlon, I could barely swim the length of a 25 yard pool!

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? My job is to make sure the team (a non-profit organization) has the proper documentation, policies, and procedures in place and up to date.

Financial Vice President: John Martinek

John

johnmartinek@idahoveneer.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2008.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I wanted to complete an Ironman competition. I knew I could not do it alone, so I found the best club in Spokane and joined. I always had someone to train with no matter the fitness level. I have made several friends along the way, and now I love to give back to the club in various ways.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Race the River.

Why do you enjoy triathlons? It always puts a smile on my face to see someone new complete their first triathlon. For most people it changes their lives. I especially enjoy swimming and biking. It is like climbing a hill and making it to the top. Whether you win or not, you have great things that will carry you into more great accomplishments.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I constructively monitor and prepare all aspects of the financial statements, ensuring money is spent properly and appropriately within the guidelines set forth in the club bylaws. I also file all necessary taxes and payments.

Secretary: Suzanne Smail

Suzanne

teamblazespokane@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2010.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? Team Blaze has such an amazing group of people to work out with and to have non-triathlon related festivities.

What’s your favorite triathlon? My favorite triathlon is the Bitterroot Classic Sprint in Montana and the Wunderwoman Triathlon in Medical Lake.

What has been your most unexpected discovery about triathlon? I first joined Team Blaze as a runner, since my husband was already a part of the club and I wanted personal coaching from Scott Roy. I swore to many people that I would NEVER swim. However, after some convincing by my husband and others, I took some lessons and then joined the coached swims and now it's one of my favorite parts of triathlon. After moving to Spokane for a job after pharmacy school, we wondered about meeting new friends in the “big city” but after joining Team Blaze, we realized what a great community and family it truly is!

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I coordinate the communication of the team. I take meeting minutes at the board meetings, send out email updates and newsletters to the membership, and keep the board members on track for the activities we organize throughout the year. I also handle all correspondence coming to the club and divert to the proper board member.

New Member Director: Brenda Day

Brenda D.

teamblazemembership@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2012.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? My favorite part of Team Blaze is the camaraderie and friendship. The most rewarding part has been learning to swim and to address a serious level of aqua phobia.

What’s your favorite triathlon? My favorite distance is an Olympic, but my most rewarding race is the half Ironman I do every year in honor of my late brother.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I welcome all members, whether they are brand new to Team Blaze or existing members. I let them know we have received their registration and payment. I also answer any questions they may have. If I can’t answer them directly, I know who to forward them to.

Mentor Program Director: Kevin Stevens

Kevin

teamblazementors@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2007.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? The camaraderie and support and fun we have.

What’s your favorite triathlon? I love doing Troika and the Tiger Tri.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I provide new members an opportunity to be mentored by an experienced triathlete as they embark on their triathlon journey. The mentor program also provides experienced triathlete members an opportunity to share their knowledge with new members. It is a win-win situation and furthers the knowledge of the sport, allowing athletes to give back through mentorship.

Social Events Co-Director: Jenny Yoakum

Jenny

teamblazesocialevents@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2011.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I was looking for friends to train with and share my love of outdoor activities. My favorite part of Team Blaze is the people. Your fellow members come from all walks of life with amazing stories and various talents and strengths. It has been so fun to train alongside people I now call friends.

What’s your favorite triathlon? My favorite triathlon is Ironman. I completed my first Ironman in Coeur d’Alene in 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. It was amazing. The people you meet, the volunteers, family support, and Team Blaze support were AMAZING!

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I create opportunities for members to get together, whether it be socially or during training. I want members to have fun!

Social Events Co-Director: Kristina Northcutt

Kristina

teamblazesocialevents@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2011.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I love that at any given event, I always have a cheering section. I love that when I need a workout buddy, I can post a workout and find people to join me. I love that we encourage healthy lifestyles!

What’s your favorite triathlon? Ironman Coeur d' Alene.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? To help people get to know each other outside of just racing and training. To have fun!

Volunteer Director: Chuck Hormel

Chuck

teamblazevolunteer@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2011.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? The friendships, camaraderie, support, and coaching.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Coeur d'Alene Olympic.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I provide volunteers for most Team Blaze events as well as other community events where Team Blaze members are participating. None of our events are possible without members volunteering to help.

Social Media Director: Kristi Buescher

Kristi

teamblazesocialmedia@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2012.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? The support, both on and off the course, and being able to surround myself with the positive attitudes of everyone that I’ve met. Everyone has their own personal goals and everyone that I’ve met is completely supportive of those individual goals no matter what level of experience in triathlon you have. Our seasoned triathletes are more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences with people who are just starting out in the sport. That’s so encouraging and important.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Bonney Lake! I love coming around the corner through cow pastures and seeing Mt. Rainier right in front of me. It makes that whole hilly race worth it!

What has been your most unexpected discovery about triathlons? That I’m better at the swim than I am at cycling and running. I had no idea that I would feel as comfortable in the water as I do. I’ve always loved swimming but there’s something even more exhilarating about being in the water with a group, during a race and in training. The swim is my favorite leg of the race. And that I’m a pretty fierce cheerleader! I’ll high five anyone that’s out there putting in some hard work and effort. I didn’t know I was such a cheerleader until I started doing triathlon.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I am a social person. Even if I can’t get out to every event, I can still be social about Team Blaze and be supportive of our members and our community through our social media outlets.

Coordinators Director: Teresa Bailey

Teresa

teamblazecoordinator@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2011.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? My favorite part of Team Blaze is twofold. I so enjoy being around kindred spirits—positive, health-minded, and adventurous folks. Secondly, I enjoy the wealth of triathlon knowledge Team Blaze members possess—invaluable!

What’s your favorite triathlon? My favorite triathlons are the 140.6 and sprint distances. I love the endurance of the 140.6 event and I love watching the day unfold not only for myself but for my fellow teammates. I also like the sprints because after all that endurance training, I love just going out and hitting the short distance without blinking an eye. (Well maybe a blink or two.)

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? My job is to organize and inform members of group activities for the three disciplines. To offer clinics that will help each of us succeed in our triathlon goals, whether it is your first sprint or third Ironman. And ultimately, to do these within a group context. There is so much to learn about triathlons and it is best learned through the support of other members!

Local Business Sponsorship Director: Kevin Grady

Kevin G.

teamblazesponsorship@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2010.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? The people are Awesome!

What’s your favorite triathlon? Lake Stevens 70.3.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I work with our team sponsors to get discounts, free products, and services for all members.

Corporate Sponsorship Director: Nicole Lund

Nicole

nicki.artsyathlete@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2010.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I love the camaraderie, inspiration, and motivation that come from being part of such an amazing group.

What’s your favorite triathlon? So far Ironman CDA because whether I'm competing or volunteering, there is such a great energy surrounding not just the day itself but all the training that goes into it.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I create and maintain relationships with our corporate sponsors.

Who are the coaches?

Alex Martinek

Alex

amentaera@gmail.com

Alex Martinek is in his third year of coaching for Team Blaze. He attends Fort Lewis College, pursuing a degree in international business while he races three disciplines of cycling for his collegiate team. He has been a private swim instructor for more than 5 years. Growing up in Spokane, Alex began his swimming career with Spokane Area Swimming at age 13. He competed at the national level and regularly placed top 75 in the nation in high school. In addition to coaching Team Blaze, Alex coaches for Spokane Area Swimming and the Cheney High School swim team.

Ellen Schaeffer

Ellen

eekschaeffer@mac.com

I started in the sport of triathlon in 2007 and have raced many races in the last 7 years in all the distances except Ironman. I enjoy the Olympic distance the most but can be caught enjoying at least one half Ironman a year as well. The sport of triathlon is truly a passion of mine. I love all of the disciplines. I love the camaraderie it brings amongst people and the positive energy that is palpable at any given event. I love watching people grow within the sport and fall in love with it as I have. The most important thing to remember really has nothing to do with any of the disciplines. The most important thing is to smile and remember to ALWAYS have fun.

Kevin Stevens

Kevin

hawc929@comcast.net

I began competing in triathlons in 2007 and have a strong background in running, swimming, and mountain biking. To date, I’ve completed 45 races, including two Ironmans, 12 half Ironmans, and numerous sprints and Olympics. I’m currently training for Ironman # 3 and #4 for 2015. I typically place top 3 in my age group and understand what it can take to get to the finish line of these endurance races. I’m passionate about the sport of triathlon and what it offers the mind, body, and soul, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise with those new to the sport. My coaching philosophy is based on realistic goal setting, hard work, and consistency in training, knowing one can achieve anything that their energy is directed toward.

Benefits

Experience power in numbers!

Talk to any Team Blaze member, and they’ll gush about our supportive, informative, fun family atmosphere. In addition, our members enjoy several benefits.

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Mentorship

We match triathlon newbies with volunteer mentors who’ve been around the triathlon block and have knowledge and encouragement to share. In a 1-year mentorship, mentors help new triathletes understand the unique aspects of triathlon, including nutrition, training, transitions, and apparel.

Clinics

Our members and sponsors host and facilitate a number of clinics throughout the year. Topics include bike maintenance, nutrition plans, and efficient transitions.

Coaching

Our coaches are recognized authorities in their areas of expertise. They offer instruction and drills designed to increase speed, strength, and endurance. Learn more about our coaches.

Sponsors

Our sponsors are our partners—both on and off the course. They provide our members with discounts on equipment, products, and services. Learn more about our sponsors.

Mini Triathlons

Every other week throughout the summer months, we host sprint-distance triathlons for Team Blaze members. We provide kayak support in the water, roadside signage along the bike course, and a secure transition area. These untimed events are great opportunities to practice putting all three disciplines together.

Swag

The great stuff we all get in our annual membership kits is alone worth the price of admission. Past kits have included team tech shirts, running caps, bags, beanies, race registrations, nutrition samples, lubrication samples, bike tools, and more.

Group Workouts

There’s power in numbers! The large number of Team Blaze members makes it inevitable that you’ll meet several teammates with similar goals, fitness level, experience, pace, and schedule to yours. Members and coordinators regularly organize group workouts to share knowledge and keep each other accountable.

Training Plans

Team Blaze training plans are available for purchase to members. Training plans help athletes:

  • Organize, strategize, and maximize the months, weeks, and hours leading up to a race
  • Make the most of each training session and eliminate “junk miles.”
  • Prevent injury by gradually building volume and intensity.
  • Ensure adequate attention on each of the three disciplines.

Social Events

You know what they say about all work and no play? Team Blaze members know how to have serious fun. As much as we love swimming, biking, and running, we also enjoy many activities together throughout the year that don’t strictly involve triathlons. Past events have included snow shoe and cross-country skiing treks, spontaneous tattoo sessions, and of course, potlucks.

Gym Membership

MÜV Fitness gyms provide discounted memberships to Team Blaze members.

Sponsors

Our sponsors are our partners—both on and off the course. They provide the team with cash contributions and free or discounted equipment, products, and services.

In addition to the items detailed below, sponsors receive the satisfaction of knowing that they have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of people of all ages in our community.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Kevin Grady, our Local Business Sponsorship Director.

Gold Level

Sponsors Provide

  • Products and services valued at $750
  • Minimum monetary donation of $300

Sponsors Receive

  • Three complimentary membership and certificate/team photo recognizing your sponsorship
  • The sponsor’s logo will be printed on team shirts, the team banner, and the team’s website
  • Team Blaze will promote the sponsor’s business with athletes, spectators, and those involved in the club and triathlon community
  • A link to the sponsor’s webpage will be included on the team’s website
  • The sponsor’s logo will be included in any of the team’s promotional flyers
NWOBGYN Cullings Family Dentistry Fleet Feet Spokane Spokane Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery The Bike Hub Cycle Metrix Anderson, Peretti & Co.
Silver Level

Sponsors Provide

  • Products and services valued at $500-$749
  • Minimum monetary donation of $100

Sponsors Receive

  • Two complimentary membership and certificate/team photo recognizing your sponsorship
  • Sponsor’s logo will be printed on team shirts, the team banner, and the team’s website
  • Team Blaze will promote the sponsor’s business with athletes, spectators, and those involved in the club and triathlon community
ReMax Summit B&B Ryland Carter Construction
Bronze Level

Sponsors Provide

  • Products and services valued at $250-$499
  • Minimum monetary donation of $50

Sponsors Receive

  • One complimentary membership and certificate/team photo recognizing your sponsorship
  • Sponsor’s logo will be printed on team shirts, the team banner, and the team’s website
Dr. B Grady Bike Life WSAS

FAQs

I’m a very weak swimmer. Can I still join the team?

Yes! Our coached swim workouts typically dedicate one lane each for beginning, intermediate, and advanced swimmers, and our coaches tailor the drills and instruction to the needs of the participants. However, if you are completely new to swimming, we recommend that you seek individual swim lessons before participating in coached workouts to establish a basic level of comfort and ability in the water.

Can I observe or participate in a coached workout without joining the team?

We welcome you to observe our team workouts and determine if Team Blaze might be a good fit for you. However, physical participation is limited to current Team Blaze members. This restriction protects the team from liability, ensures fairness to paying members, and helps coordinators plan successful events.

I have a physical disability. Can I still join the team?

Yes. We do not have special facilities or ways to manage any sort of disability, so if a disabled person requires special equipment or assistance, they must provide that on their own. We also expect that all members, including those with disabilities, follow the advice of their physician. Team Blaze cannot take responsibility as a medical entity.

I’m nearing or past retirement age. Can I still join the team?

Yes! We are a multi-generational team. We appreciate the knowledge, experience, and perspectives our older members bring to the group.

I’m overweight. Can I still join the team?

Yes! As long as you have a big heart, we don’t care how big the rest of you is.

Once I join, how do I get plugged into team activities?

Our New Member Director will contact you soon with lots of helpful information. In addition, you’ll have access to the members-only team calendar, which includes details about all team activities.

Where are you located?

Team Blaze does not have a central location. We have a special arrangement with MÜV Fitness and Witter Pool for our coached swim workouts, indoor cycling classes, and other fitness activities and equipment usage. We conduct our track practices at the Community Colleges of Spokane tracks. Our outdoor group workouts span the area from Cheney to Coeur d’Alene.

All I have is a mountain bike. Can I use that in a race, or do I need an expensive triathlon bike?

Triathlon race directors typically allow all kinds of bikes into their races (notable exceptions are recumbent bikes and motorized bikes). The most important consideration is safety. Beyond that, your comfort will determine your enjoyment. Most people find that mid and long distances on paved courses are far more comfortable on a road or tri bike because those bikes are designed to optimize aerodynamics and speed. But plenty people complete sprint distance triathlons on mountain bikes and hybrid bikes and have a blast doing it!