About Speed Unlimited

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, nationally certified 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.

History & Mission

Speed Unlimited was founded in Bellevue in February 2010 by Anthony Joseph & friends.  The club's mission is to provide an opportunity for developing and competitive athletes, who are focused, dedicated and committed to working towards achieving their own self-set goals. The focus of the club is to provide high quality technical training approach that aims to systematically improve the athlete's overall bio-motor and physical development, speed, strength, endurance, overall confidence and performance. Our coaches are USATF certified and passionate about and committed to providing a service that supports Developing and Competitive athletes to reach their fullest potential.


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 aim to do so in a well-thought through and carefully designed training programs in a supportive, fun, creative, and progress-oriented environment where the athlete is challenged to achieve what they may not have initially thought was possible. We focus on the athlete’s full development (physical/biomotor, mental, psychological, spiritual, & emotional) and overall 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 9-18) 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. Most recently (2014), Anthony was designated as a 'USATF Elite Coach', and was selected as one of 42 coaches nationally by the USATF, the USOC, and the IAAF to participate in the elite coaches Level 3 Academy, internationally recognized as the highest level of coaches' education and accreditation, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista CA. 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. Being a former product brand manager for a consumer foods company, Tom applies his knowledge about nutrition in his home kitchen lab, where he experiments with combining multiple natural food products to aid with fueling for performance and recovery. 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.

Daphne Brindle is a Level 1 USATF certified coach who has been with Speed Unlimited for 4 years.  Her focus is working with speed and conditioning as well as the long and triple jump, which she competed in at the collegiate level.  She is a certified Speech Language Pathologist and recently completed a second masters in Assistive Technology.  Daphne’s professional speciality is in working with families with children with processing differences.  This lends itself well in working with the team’s athletes and supporting the different learning styles found within.  She has a son who runs with Speed Unlimited and also works with his middle school track team.

Brian Martinez comes to us from Albuquerque, NM where he was a High School Cross Country Coach and a USATF Youth Track and Cross Country coach. He assisted in helping his former team win 6 national titles and several individual titles in both track and cross-country. He is a certified USATF Level 1 coach and a fitness specialist through the Cooper Institute. Brian loves to share his experiences as a runner of over 27 years and especially enjoys helping children realize their potential in other areas with the help of running. He has two children on the team and is married to Georgia.


Georgia Martinez also comes to us from Albuquerque, NM were she was an assistant coach for a team that won 6 national titles in various age groups at the 2011 USATF National Cross Country Championships. She has 4 years of coaching experience at the youth level in both track and cross-country. Her passion for running has greatly influenced young runners in competing at their highest potential. She has two children competing on the team and is married to Brian.

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

Additionally, The life skills our athletes gain from the disciplined training on the track helps them to be successful in the classroom and beyond. A number of our former athletes and recent graduates have been admitted to top colleges and universities around the country including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Cornell, Wesleyan, MIT, UCLA, UC Cal Berkeley, amongst others.

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