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Ray Mullen
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Why did you become a Blazeman Warrior?
A few years ago I heard about Jon and watched his video on Youtube. I honestly couldn't get it out of my head and felt that in my upcoming IronMan race in Arizona I was to do the "Roll" as well as raise money for the cause. I have never looked back.

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Sign up to volunteer at the Blazeman Aid Station at this year’s Inaugural Boulder IRONMAN!!

Hi all Blazeman Warriors.  I am heading up the Blazeman Foundation Aid Station at this year’s Inaugural Boulder IRONMAN, on August 3rd

If you would like to sign up please use the link below and sign up for any shift you would like.  I will be there all day and would like to have as many warriors represented as possible.

volunteers sign up at:…


Posted on May 24, 2014 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

dear als

dear als

 i hate you i hate you through and through

i can’t stand by and watch you do what you do

slowly you take life away each day

you cause the pain slow not like a nighttime thief

prolonging the pain and ultimate grief

i feel i should tell were coming for you

the battles they are a waging

the WARRIORS grow in numbers each day

sleep with one eye open as we search to destroy you

freedom cry we will sing the day we find a…


Posted on August 19, 2011 at 5:53pm

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At 12:11pm on July 7, 2014, blazedad said…
Blazeman Aid Station (Run Aid Station #6) Inaugural Boulder IRONMAN!!

Hello Volunteers :)

Thank You for signing up to volunteer at the Blazeman Aid Station (Run Aid Station #6) at this year’s Inaugural Boulder IRONMAN!!

I am the captain of the Aid Station #6.  I have a passion for the non-profit organization The Blazeman Foundation.  My goal is to raise awareness and money for the organization by volunteering at the Boulder IRONMAN August 3rd.  If you are not familiar with Jon Blais or the organization you can learn more here:


Jon was a great man and I am honored to represent the Blazeman Organization at this great race.  Thanks for being a part of great day for so many.

There are many reasons and ways to volunteer and i am excited that you have chosen this event and this aid station to do so. 

The theme of the Aid Station is Crazy Socks and Wigs!!!!  Please participate and be as crazy and creative as you w

At 9:41am on July 31, 2013, blazedad said…

dear als

 i hate you i hate you through and through

i can’t stand by and watch you do what you do

slowly you take life away each day

you cause the pain slow not like a nighttime thief

prolonging the pain and ultimate grief

i feel i should tell were coming for you

the battles they are a waging

the WARRIORS grow in numbers each day

sleep with one eye open as we search to destroy you

freedom cry we will sing the day we find a cure


for your death is long overdue

At 5:41pm on May 3, 2013, April Hartsook said…

"April Hartsook: ALS Warrior"

These days, it's not unusual for an athlete to dedicate a special game to someone who has passed away. For years, triathletes April Hartsook and her pal Karen Kelly have competed in Ironman competitions around the world, raising awareness and funding for research to find a cure in the WAR ON ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In honor of their friends Jon Blais & Rosemary Craig, and in memory of Karen's Mother, all who died of ALS. But this year, it's different, April will be racing not only without Karen, now she's racing FOR Karen. Through some sick twist of fate, Karen was herself diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and is in the fight of life.

Here in America, nearly 6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year, and over 30,000 have the disease at any given time. Karen Kelly's Mom was one of those victims, and now, so is Karen.

"Karen is a true Ironman. For years she has tirelessly given to the ALS BLazeman Foundation and the ALS community in hopes of raising awareness. She's been strong for others, and now we want to be strong for her", said Hartsook, who is a professional fitness trainer in North Carolina when she's not traveling the globe to compete in Ironman competitions.

An Ironman competition requires participants to compete in three events within a 17 hour time limit They consist of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. Over 100,000 athletes enter some 37 Ironman races every year, hoping to snag one of the 2,000 slots in the annual Ironman World Championships, which are held in Kona, Hawaii. Anyone who finishes first in his age group in any race during the season, automatically qualifies for a slot in the Kona finals, held in October.

April has been training everyday of her life for many years and is fully prepared for a qualifying race to gain entry, however she has entered the 2013 IRONMAN KONA INSPIRED CONTEST by submitting a video describing her plight to get to Kona to fight for Karen, not because she wants something for FREE~ but because the Ironman mantra “Anything is Possible” is what we need in finding a CURE for ALS. April will be asking people to log onto the website, watch her video entitled "KONA FOR KAREN AND ALS", and with the simple click of the mouse, cast a VOTE to help send them to KONA. Entries with the most votes will be granted a complimentary an entry in the Race. "This isn't about me, this is about Karen and the WAR ON ALS, I need to get to KONA and having the world help me gives them a chance to be a part of something "So others may live", said Hartsook.

For April & Karen, the clock is ticking, this disease is fast and furious and Karen is fighting for her life.

The World Championship stage will serve as the perfect global platform to tell the world this disease NEEDS a cure.
"I've lost too many friends to ALS, and I'm tired of feeling helpless against this horrible disease", said Hartsook. "There is not a doubt in my mind I am capable of finishing the Ironman in KONA, and I want to cross that finish line and hug my friend and tell her she matters, and tell the world ALS NEEDS A CURE".

April has already helped to raise thousands of dollars from individuals and companies who have supported her mission, and that money goes directly to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS ( and is dispersed with some of the funding going to Grants here in our own community at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, who are working to find a cure for ALS.
"I'll be asking for VOTES, and I'll be asking people to donate what they can, if they can. . And if I can compete on the World Stage of IRONMAN and captivate an audience large enough, we can spread the word, bring the awareness needed, and raise funds to help find a cure for this horrible disease. "I want millions of people to know why I'm racing", said Hartsook. "SO OTHERS MAY LIVE".
At 12:01pm on January 19, 2011, Paul Serafini said…

Ray, where in Denver are you?

I'm in Wheat  Ridge at 70 & kipling. On Sundays I run the the Denver Trail Runners, and the Rocky Mountain Road runners on occasion. Come join us. Training is more fun with more than one. I prefer trails to roads, but do run there intermittently. 

Keep me posted about the Ride, and if I can make it I will. I'm about to take on a new position so I'm not sure yet what my hours will be.


Live with a purpose!


At 4:50pm on January 14, 2011, Paul Serafini said…

Ray, I'll see what I can do for being there. It would be nice to meet other warriors out here in CO.

Fingers crossed, focus on, and determination going forward.


At 12:25pm on September 28, 2010, Ray Mullen said…
Bob and Mary Ann,

I wanted to thank you for letting me have Jon's race number and what you asked me to do with Jon's ashes. I know that for some "most" people Kona is the ultimate, but not really for me. This race, representing the Blazeman organization, having Jon with me can not be topped. It was a very emotional and tough day for me. This race was very hot and humid and much harder on me personally than my first IM in Arizona in 2008 " I did the roll then too :) " I met Rodney Ward coming out of the T1 after the swim and he gave me some motivation as well as hugged me, he is obviously a really great guy! I had numerous challenges during the day and although I knew I would finish I really wanted to beat my time from the previous IM of 15:18:19 it was looking like that was not going to be a possibility. At 7:20 PM at the back of the run course and at almost exactly dusk I took a minute to say a prayer and let Jon go near a huge tree overlooking the lake and the sunset. Within a few minutes I felt a feeling of strength and that I was not to give up just yet. I felt that if I stayed strong I could come in under 15 hours which was a goal I had for my first IM in Arizona and didn't achieve. I started to run and didn't stop until the finish. I crossed (rolled) the line at 14:45:18 beating my original IM time by 33 minutes and breaking the sub 15 hour goal I had set for myself personally.

I know that pro's finish the race early and are complete studs. I am a little different, I want to stay on the course as long as possible and relish in the feeling of being a Blazeman Warrior and show all those around me that I would not quit! All joking aside, I am not a super fast gifted athlete but an athlete nontheless. Jon's spirit was at the race and I felt him with me. I will send a few pictures when I get them from my family. Thanks so much for allowing me such a special gift and the honor of a life time.

Sincerely yours,
(Denver Warrior)
At 12:49pm on August 15, 2010, blazedad said…
Ray...congrats...and thank you from bmom and myself...but especially for:
"Remembering the -blazeman...Ironmans-Braveheart."
blazedad...jon's dad.
At 9:54pm on August 14, 2010, Ray Mullen said…
Competed in the Rattlesnake Olympic TRI today with 179
First time I have had Jons number. I was amazed at the response and people knew about it. From bystanders cheering to other athletes he was represented today. I was honored to have a good race day and roll across the finish. Now on to the big race!!
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