About Team Magic
Team Magic is co-owned by Therese Bynum and Faye Yates. Bynum and Yates serve as race directors at all events. Both Bynum and Yates are USA Triathlon Certified Race Directors and have served on regional and national committees.
Therese Bynum received her undergraduate degree from the Mississippi University for Women and her post-graduate degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Therese has raced for over 25 years very competitively and continues to top the master's ranks when she finds time to race. In 2006, Therese was 6th in her age group at the USAT National Championship and represented the USA at the World Championship in Switzerland by claiming 8th in her age group. Therese was recognized as a leader in the Greater Birmingham business community as a recipient of the B Metro Fusion Awards in 2014.
Faye Yates received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Mechanical Engineering. She started working with Therese Bynum part time in 1995 and made Team Magic her full-time occupation in 2002 with a focus on expanding the Tennessee races.
When not organizing events, Faye also enjoys racing with many triathlons under her belt, many marathons (including the Boston Marathon) and half-marathons and one Ironman Triathlon in Panama City Beach, Florida. Faye also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls On The Run Nashville. Faye serves on the steering committee for Making a Move, which is a race series designed to encourage women to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle by participating in some or all of the five events.
The Founding of Team Magic, Inc.
Bynum conceptualized Team Magic in the late 80s when she owned and managed the Magic City Tri Shop in Birmingham. A racing team was established to help her organize and promote races in the budding sport of triathlon.
Yates moved to Birmingham for her first job post college and met Bynum when she bought her first tri bike at the shop. The two combined their educational backgrounds in exercise and engineering management and personal interests in multisport to unfold what Team Magic, Inc. is today.
Over time, the racing team evolved into a group of leaders that reside in Birmingham, Nashville and Chattanooga and serve to help Therese and Faye produce some of the most respected races in the southeast.
Team Magic originated in Birmingham, Alabama but is now based out of both Nashville and Birmingham and has strong ties on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The company has been producing multisport events for thirty years in 2015. While triathlons are the main focus and make up the majority of the events, Team Magic also manages duathlons, running events, and cyclocross. Team Magic has worked with several running events, including the Marathon Olympic Trials hosted by the Mercedes Marathon and the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Chicago. Team Magic was appointed as race management for the 2007-2008 USA Triathlon National Collegiate Triathlon Championship. In 2008, Team Magic served as race management for the Tuscaloosa Tri-Palooza which included the Men's and Women's Olympic Trials Qualifier for the Beijing Olympics. Several Team Magic events have been chosen as the top destination races including the Mountain Lakes Triathlon, Alabama Coastal Triathlon, Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon and most recently Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon. Team Magic regularly receives the honor of hosting championship events for USA Triathlon, including regional championships, national championships, and world championship qualifiers for the states of Alabama and Tennessee.
Team Magic Growing With The Sport
In 2001, Team Magic began expanding into Tennessee with the Powerman Tennessee Duathlon. In 2002, the first Tennessee triathlon was added and have continued to grow in the Nashville area. In 2005 Team Magic joined a partnership with the Chattanooga Track Club to bring new life to the long running Chattanooga Dam Triathlon, which is now one of the premier and largest triathlons in the southeast. In 2006, Team Magic took ownership of the 2nd oldest triathlon in the country, the Music City Triathlon, which relocated in 2009 to the heart of downtown Nashville.
In 2007, Team Magic developed a partnership with the Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission to develop the Alabama Coastal Triathlon, which is now one of the most successful events on the calendar. With the same partners, a half-marathon weekend takes place the Saturday following Thanksgiving in the same area of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Running Events Added
Team Magic now also holds several running events in addition to the Thanksgiving weekend Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon and 5k. Look for the Music City Half Marathon and 10k in downtown Nashville in March, a 15k run along with the Whistlestop Festival in Irondale, AL in September, and the Mt. Juliet Holiday Half Marathon and 5k run with the Mt. Juliet Christmas parade, just outside of Nashville, in December.
The race calendar now extends from the Gulf of Alabama to metro Nashville.