The Timothy Bolen Interview


Professional Triathlete, Business Owner & Arizona State Executive Director & Team Best Buddies

This week we feature an interview with Mr. Timothy Bolen. He is a decorated endurance athlete & professional triathlete and business owner. He coaches and trains some of the worlds best endurance and triathletes. Tim is also the Arizona State Executive Director / Team Best Buddies.
In this episode we discuss his journey to becoming a professional triathlete, his time at Berkshire Hathaway, starting a successful business and how a special family member with cerebral palsy lead him to drive a movement that has a global impact on those with disabilities.
“Are you doing something you love every day that brings you joy?”
At the end of the show we are running a contest to help drive more awareness towards the Best Buddies program, so be sure to follow along.

What is the Best Buddies Program?

Best Buddies is an International Non Profit to bring awareness to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This ranges from Down Syndrome, Autism to Cerebral Palsy

These programs create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental.

They positively impact nearly 900,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide.

Our Mission: To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Goals: Best Buddies created the 2020 Initiative in 2011, with the goal of opening offices in all 50 states, expanding into 100 countries, and impacting 3 million people with and without IDD worldwide by the end of 2020.

The initiative also includes plans to train 4,000 Buddy Ambassadors, develop 1,000 jobs for people with IDD around the world, and increase the number of school-based chapters to 2,500.

As a result of these ambitious expansion efforts, Best Buddies hopes to become a household name by the end of 2020.

Show Links

Team Best Buddies Marathon Team:
The PHX DIZZY Event:
Best Buddies Facebook Page:
 American Association of Intellectual & Development Disabilities


We have teamed up with Arizona Best Buddies to cover the registration cost for of their marquee race events. There are many different lengths and aspects that you can participate in. You can run, walk, bike, race. Distance options: From a 5K, 10K to a duathalon or a full endurance race. Please see think for all of the awesome options.
Contest Rules: 
1. Like the Arizona Best Buddies Facebook Page
2. Share the following Best Buddies video in your Facebook feed:
3. Tag #AZBestBuddies & #thehealthprimate
Complete your post no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time, Sunday July 11th 2015. 
* Yes that is one minute before midnight on Sunday 🙂
You must be 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited, any taxes are your responsibility, no fictitious spam robots, unicorns or cylclops….unless you are all three. Then we just want to come have a beer with you. The team will announce the winner by July 31st. 

Race Details

The Phoenix Dizzy Endurance Challenge 
TEAM BEST BUDDIES | DECEMBER 5, 2015 – Phoenix Arizona