Marcus has been an athlete in different capacities his entire life. He grew up playing traditional sports such as baseball, soccer, cross-country and track. He spent 10 years in the military split between the USMC and U.S. Army Special Forces. Not only that, he raced 600cc Supersport and Superbikes in WERA West and currently competes in CrossFit.
Marcus has trained foreign militaries, SOF units and 3 Letter agencies around the world in Rifle/Pistol Marksmanship, Close Quarters Battle, Long Range Marksmanship and Hand-to-Hand Combat to name a few. During his deployments to the Philippines, Vietnam and Iraq he was also in charge of his partner forces physical fitness.
Marcus used CrossFit and traditional Strength and Conditioning principles to train his partner forces. He used any equipment that he could find or in most cases, the lack there of to train his partners which helped shape his coaching style and truly embody the “Inveniam” way. While in the states Marcus coached friends, neighbors and team mates out of his garage.
After 10 years of military service Marcus decided to leave the service and open Inveniam Athletics in Lakewood, WA. He said, “being close to JBLM allows me to not just give back to the local community but the veteran and active duty community as well.”
Marcus is what you might call a programming nerd. He currently coaches competitive CrossFit athletes including masters athletes, collegiate national powerlifters, triathletes, soldiers preparing for SFAS and clients who just take their health and fitness seriously. As an athlete, Marcus is part of Team Inveniam preparing for the upcoming CrossFit season.Marcus’ thoughts on being part of The Uncommon Breed Team: “Ryan and UCB have been there for me from the beginning, when IA was just a thought. Ryan is one of the few people that you can find that does exactly what he says. UCB and I share the same vision, live your life to the fullest or “Uncommon,” help each other out and remember all those who have fought to keep our country free. I couldn’t be more proud to represent and be associated with UCB.”
Kelsey has worn many hats in this lifetime. Mother, friend, sister, daughter, affiliate owner, coach, athlete, manager, book curator, journalist, writer, Fire Fighter, EMT, partner, lover - - - Badass. Her life has span many functional careers from beating back brush as a wild-land firefighter, to her job as a career fire fighter with Chelan County Fire District 1. Her most important job though, has been raising Ozzie and Ruby, her reason and her drive, her little badasses that have already taken this life by storm; and she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Kelsey has been the stall worth leader of Crossfit Wenatchee since it opened its doors for operation in 2011. Not only as a owner, but also as a coach, mentor, friend, and sister. Her ability to help athletes find the fire to forge their best version of themselves has made impact in this world that is immeasurable on any scale that we have today.
“I love the feeling of competing. It teaches me things I didn't know about myself. It highlights my strengths and weaknesses, and it allows me to hang out with some of the best people this world has to offer. The hardest workers, the best support and the best friends anyone could ask for. I love pushing myself and seeing what I'm made of. I love re-discovering that, when things get difficult, I don't jump ship and give up. I put my nose down, work harder and keep moving forward. And so do all of the people that I choose to surround myself with.”
Kelsey’s drive for life, and her pursuit of excellence have been contagious, and can be seen in the improvement of everyone she affects change with. Her belief is that what we do in the gym directly reflects on how we live our life, and we affect change in those around us.
“To say that I am proud of what we have built, of the people who come with me to this event each year, of ALL of the athletes that walk through our doors and give their very best each and every time, well... that would be an understatement.”
Kelsey’s latest project will be to create a program with her Fire Department, incorporating a health and fitness regime to help combat common ailments associated with the high intensity work, and physical and emotional demands of being a fire fighter.
“I can’t tell you how amazing the community you’ve built is. It’s always a pleasure to have you all come to Pipehitters each year. Attitude reflects leadership and you’ve done a fantastic job with all your athletes, you should be proud.” - Zach Filer (2015 Pipehitters)
Kelsey wanted to end this bio with his thoughts and feeling on being an athlete/advocate for the The Uncommon Breed:
"Oh my gosh."
She might have been smiling so big she squinted when she said this.