The Blazeman Spirit Award is given annually to a participant in the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon who most exemplifies the spirit of Jon "Blazeman" Blais. While many are familiar with Jon's heroic performance in the 2005 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, few are familiar with Jon's professional life as a special education teacher at the Aseltine School in San Diego, CA. Here, Jon focused his energy on helping kids who were emotionally challenged and learning-disabled. This is also where he became better known as "The Blazeman." Jon did amazing work with the kids. Through summer recreation programs and outdoor activities, his students learned to overcome obstacles and become stronger through hard work and determination. The Blazeman Spirit Award keeps Jon's memory alive by recognizing an individual who inspires others to become a better person; leads by example; and has a passion for the journey of life.
The Blazeman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Blazeman Spirit Award. Nominations are due by May 1, 2011. Nominate your inspirational 2011 Ironman 70.3 EagleMan participant today!