About Speed Unlimited

Organization
Speed Unlimited is a youth track and field running program in the city of Bellevue WA. We are affiliated with and sanctioned by the USA Track & Field (USATF) organization - the national governing body for track & field and road & off-road running.  Speed Unlimited provides team-based track and field, cross-country and speed & strength training opportunities for athletes aged 8 through 18 on the east side of the Seattle Puget Sound Area.  Speed Unlimited is a not-for-profit organization operated by our governing board, club members, coaches and volunteers. Speed Unlimited has been recognized multiple times in it's 5 year year history by the USATF Foundation for it's innovative training programs and athletic excellence. Read more about Speed Unlimited.

History & Mission
Speed Unlimited was founded in Bellevue in February 2010 by Anthony Joseph and friends.  The club's mission is to provide an opportunity for athletes on the eastside of the Puget Sound area who are focused, dedicated and want to work towards achieving their own self-set goals. The focus of the club is to provide high quality technical training which aims to systematically improve the athlete's speed, strength, endurance, performance, and overall confidence. Our coaches are passionate about and committed to providing a service that supports Developing and Competitive athletes to reach their fullest potential. We aim to do so in a creative, supportive, fun environment where the athlete is challenged to achieve what they may not have initially thought was possible.

Club Philosophy
Our approach to training is to focus on quality of technical instruction and execution, over quantity of load applied. We focus on form and body position and proper running technique.We focus on the athlete’s full development (physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, & emotional) and well-being.   We aim to purposefully develop our athlete's self-esteem and confidence while giving them an opportunity to pick up vital life skills in the process. Our hope is that every athlete learns through the sport of track & field that the possibilities in life are unlimited. Our athletes are primarily Youth (ages 6-18) and compete nationally and internationally in track & field events ranging from the 100M to the 3K, to select field events (like the long jump and turbo javelin) and Cross Country (2k, 3k, 5k). We focus on the inputs to success (ie how to run. race, jump, throw) rather the the outputs like a specific race outcome, our athletes have achieved notable success in our relatively short existence. Please see some of our club's performance stats to-date below.

Head Coaches
Anthony Joseph
has been coaching youth track and field for over 15 years. He spent nine years with the Cascade Striders Track and Field team in Bellevue WA, where he coached numerous youth athletes to achieve All-American status and national rankings. He has also coached several college, open and masters athletes to achieve national and world rankings. Anthony’s passion for running stems from his own running experience as a nationally ranked competitive runner in high school, during college and afterwards. He traveled and competed as a national team member for his country and was a provisional world championship qualifier in the 400m and 4x400m relay before his running career was halted by an Achilles injury. Anthony is USATF National Level 1 and Level 2 certified with a concentration in youth athletics and specializes in speed training, sprints, technical training, and relays. Anthony's focus points are on execution, developing the whole athlete, and believes in 'preservation over glory' when it comes to developing youth athletes. When not on the track, Anthony applies his creative passion to building things as a vice president of product development for a local internet software company and is father of four active children who also run with the program.

Lyuda Vasilyeva, once one of the top rated professional female middle distance runners in the world, focuses on our middle and long distance running athletes in the club. Lyuda started her running career as a youth in the Russian youth training program. She rose through the national training system to become an elite level distance runner and won Russian national titles in the 3000M on the track and in Cross-Country. She was ranked 7th in the world in the 1500m and has won a number of local, national and international competitions in the 1500 and the mile. Lyuda has been coaching in the Puget Sound area for the past 10 years, and is a USATF Level 1 certified coach. She has coached numerous runners to national rankings in the long distances.  As a certified personal trainer, Lyuda has extensive knowledge and experience developing physical systems for peak performance. Professionally, Lyuda runs a personal training and fitness services business and provides a full range of services to develop and manage personal fitness and wellness. Lyuda has two active children who run with the program.

Gerd Kleemann is a former Decathlete and provides technical expertise and guidance to our athletes in the field events. Gerd started his Track & Field career as a young athlete in Germany starting for the Turnverein Norden and competed as a Decathlete and 400m runner at the national level. Gerd's coaching experience stems from his years in Switzerland as a member of the Old Boys Basel where he coached a promising nationally ranked Junior Decathlete. He has coached with Speed Unlimited for the past 4 years, is regarded as a technician in the field events (jumps and throws) and is a USATF Level 1 certified coach. His specialties include long jump, high jump, javelin, hurdles and shot put. Coach Gerd has coached numerous jumpers and throwers to national rankings in their events.  In his day job at Amgen Inc., Gerd develops medicines to serve patients with grievous diseases. He is a father of three boys of which two are competing athletes with the club.

Tom Cantine has been assisting in coaching the distance runners at Speed Unlimited for the past four years.  Tom is an avid runner and competes in his age group in road/trail races of various distances from local 5Ks to the Boston Marathon.  Tom works with our distance runners primarily and our sight-pass-relays. He is regarded as a key pace technician within the club and as a endurance athlete, helps our athletes regulate their energy output management. He began his running at an early age and was a competitive cross-country runner in high school.  Outside of his running, Tom enjoys participating in triathlons and playing tennis which he previously competed at the collegiate level.  Tom has enjoyed sharing his love of sports with youth through coaching tennis, soccer and running over the years.  To further enhance his coaching abilities in the running field, he completed the Level I USATF Coaches Clinic during the summer of 2011. He has 3 children that run with Speed Unlimited.

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Daniel Mikulak started running as a youth at the Mardi Gras Track Club in Louisiana. At the age of 15 he achieved All American status through 3rd and 4th place finishes in the 180 Low and 120 High Hurdles, respectively, at the AAU Junior National Championships. He continued on to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level for Tulane University in the 400 Intermediate and 110 High Hurdles, earning recognition as a four year letterman in Track. Daniel specializes in hurdles, and in his initial year of coaching hurdles with the program helped lead 75% of the club's hurdlers to qualify for their first Junior Olympic nationals berth. During post-­‐graduate Engineering studies he served Tulane University as a Graduate Assistant Track coach. Since moving to the Puget Sound, Daniel has coached youth football and recently joined Speed Unlimited as hurdle coach. He has 1 son that hurdles with Speed Unlimited.

Speed Unlimited coaches also provide training for Collegiate, Open and Masters athletes and our coaches are available for personal training/coaching.

Speed Unlimited By The Numbers
Over the course of our 5 year history, our athletes have achieved tremendous results. Here is a (partial) summary of our athletes performance by the numbers:


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