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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 66 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: 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 will follow the footsteps of some great people that I have learned to respect and honor. Scott Roy and Tristin who started this club several years ago with a vision that will carry on for many years. My job is to continue that vision.
The picture I have attached is with Scott Roy and Al Olsen. Two great friends and mentors. It was this picture that inspired me to achieve more than I think I can. Scott asked me to do a relay with him and Al, I was to do the swim leg of the event. Scott was a Collegiate swimmer and me I was just learning to swim. Well I had a few months to get a hold of my senses and perform. To my surprise I accomplished something I never thought I could achieve and Scott believed in me and I will follow those same ideals to lead this club into the future. Enjoy the journey was Scott’s favorite saying and it is still alive today!!
Believe in yourself and you will accomplish more than you dream of!!

Enjoy the Journey!!

Executive Vice President: Chuck Hormel

Chuck

teamblazespokane@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.

Financial Vice President: Kasi Snider

John

kasisnider@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? I completed my first triathlon in 2014 as a bet to myself and got hooked. The first year was a lot of learning through trial and error. I then joined Team Blaze in 2015.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? Unlike other sports where there is large competition between athletes, Triathlon is so very different. Most people active in triathlon engage in the sport to better themselves in one way or another. In that, we are all on a similar journey. Team Blaze as a group not only offers a forum for people to share knowledge and tips but bring together a fantastic array of people that are truly supportive and motivating. Plus you always have a massive cheering squad on race day

What’s your favorite triathlon? This is a tough question. I’d say the Priest Lake Olympic, Hayden Tri even though it’s the only race I got wetter on the bike and run then the swim due to the weather 2 years in a row, and the CDA 70.3 because of the challenging course.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I ensure that the financials and taxes are up to date and watch over all aspects of the accounting to ensure accurate results.

Secretary: Rebecca Brown

Melanie

teamblazespokane@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2016.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I'm new to Team Blaze but so excited to immerse myself in the culture here!
I've always been impressed with how supportive Team Blaze folks are to other athletes. I'm so glad to be part of such a family friendly, uplifting group that will challenge and support myself and others

What’s your favorite triathlon? Race the River and Ironman CdA 70.3.
Race the River is so fun and CdA was my most challenging.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I am responsible for Board meeting agendas and minutes, as well as reviewing and acting on all emails that come to our Team Blaze email account. I keep the member email list updated and help with website updates and general communication to ensure our members know what is happening with their team!

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: Diane Schaeffler

Diane

teamblazementors@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? 2015 was my first year with Team Blaze. I was new to triathlons and was looking to meet people to train with throughout the year.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I've gained much more than I expected. I've learned that the triathlon community is made up of very unique individuals. They encourage you, no matter how well they know you or how well you perform in the races or training.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Last year I raced in my first half marathon and my first Olympic triathlon. This year, my race plan has four half marathons, Bloomsday, two Olympic triathlons and one Ironman 70.3 in CDA. Next year, I plan to attempt a full Ironman race.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I had a great experience last year with getting a mentor. So I felt qualified to serve this year as the Mentor Program Director. I look forward to meeting many more Team Blaze members and cheering you on at upcoming races.

Social Events Director: Tiffany Korver

Jenny

teamblazesocialevents@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? I joined Team Blaze in October of 2015, almost solely for the purpose of improving my swim time for IM Arizona. And thanks to Jim B's help, my super slow swim improved to a significantly less slow swim! I really didn't plan on participating with the team much after that, but come to find out, I loved the group workout atmosphere so much, as well as the people I met on TB, it only made me want to become more involved! I've made some great friends and received great encouragement from being a part of this team. It's inspired me to be a better triathlete, volunteer, and teammate.

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 without a doubt is the Tiger Tri! Beautiful course and it really makes your bike time look good! :

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I just hope to help coordinate events that bring our team members together to celebrate. Because there are always reasons to celebrate. : )

Volunteer Director: James Gable

Greg

teamblazespokane@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? I joined in 2010.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? My favorite thing about TeamBlaze is the family atmosphere and positive focus on helping others achieve there goals.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Probably my favorite Triathlon is Ironman Canada (penticton) but Ironman Hawaii is close second I want to get back sometime.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? With my position as volunteer director I help out with getting information to our teammates on upcoming races and team activities,because without volunteering it's hard to make things work.

Social Media Director: Jen Johnson

Kristi

teamblazesocialmedia@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? I joined team Blaze originally in 2011...when Jonathan was being coached by Scott Roy.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? Everyone is welcome weither your a newbie to the sport or a Been there done that type...we love sprints olys halfs...Ironman and even ultras..I also love that you don't have to be an Ironman or even know how to swim to be on our team...I want to make sure everyone who is a member knows they have value and that we are here to help and encourage as well as cheer for them!!! #GOTEAM

What’s your favorite triathlon? Valley girl and the priest lake olympic...
I love Valley girl because it's just us CHICKS!!!
But The priest lake Olympic was my first and still my only Olympic and it is for me a challenge I have had some sort of injury every time if done it but I aways finish strong...it is beautiful race and a lot of great people do that race so it's fun too!!!

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 FEEL my position on the board is a important one...social media is huge these days and I love that I get to be a part of keeping our team in the loop and making it fun & inspirational at the same time.

Coordinators Director: Lauren Somers

Teresa

teamblazecoordinator@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2016.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? I love how Team Blaze has Triathletes of all stages in their journey. Everyone is so supportive of each other, it's like a big family.

What’s your favorite triathlon? My favorite triathlon is the Couer'dAlene Triathlon. There is some difficult parts on the bike, but the scenery is so worth it.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? My position as the workout coordinator is to, make connections with local shops in our community and organize clinics to give people the information they need to grow themselves into a strong Triathlete. If it's your first triathlon or your doing an Ironman, I want to be there to help support and coordinate different swim/bike/runs to get you across the finish line.

Sponsorship Director: Joseph Addington

Kevin G.

teamblazesponsorship@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2012.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? The people are Awesome!My favorite thing about Team Blaze is seeing your teammates compete with you on race day after we all have worked so hard training to get there. :) There is nothing like seeing that unmistakable Blaze gear coming around a corner!

What’s your favorite triathlon? Cd'A 70.3

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? I'll be working with new and current sponsors to get SWAG, and discounts on goods and services for our members.

Clothing Director: Danielle McCulloch

Kevin G.

danielle.mcculloch@gmail.com

When did you join Team Blaze? In 2013.

What’s your favorite thing about Team Blaze? The people! It has been a great way to get connected to the community in Spokane, and it's an unbelievably supportive and welcoming group of people.

What’s your favorite triathlon? Ironman Canada 2016, because my husband and I did it together!.

How does your position serve Team Blaze members? As Clothing Director I make sure that each of us can proudly represent the team at races and events by keeping a solid stock of Team Blaze gear.

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.    Read More...

Ellen Kraus-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.     Read More...

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.     Read More...

Jim Breidenbach

Jim

h20bummt@gmail.com

I've been with the Master's Swim program for 30 years. During those years, I've been trained by several collegian record-holding coaches.     Read More...

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
BCJ Construction Fuel Fitness Dr. B The Bike Hub Therapeutic Associates Fleet Feet Spokane Spokane Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery NWOBGYN
Silver Level

Sponsors Provide

  • Products and services valued at $500-$749
  • Minimum monetary donation of $150

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
Velofix Ryland Carter Construction Summit B&B Grady Xcelerate Cullings Family Dentistry Cycle Metrix Anderson, Peretti & Co.
Bronze Level

Sponsors Provide

  • Products and services valued at $250-$499
  • Minimum monetary donation of $75

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

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!